LASIK Eye Surgery

Imagine Life Without Glasses or Contacts

Imagine waking up and seeing your alarm clock, or going about each day without the hassle of contact lens cases, messy solutions and dry eyes.  Visualize a world that you can fully see, all the time.

Laser vision correction is helping people who are 21 years of age or older, are nearsighted or farsighted, or have astigmatism. “Refractive surgery” is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems to reduce dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.

LASIK (LAY-sick) is the most popular refractive surgery performed in the world, and has been helping people eliminate the need for glasses for 25 years.


 What Is LASIK?

LASIK, or “laser assisted in situ keratomileusis” is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery in the world to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

Like other types of refractive surgery, the LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision.

People opt for LASIK at Claris Eye Care & Surgery with surgeon Keith Carlson, MD because:

  • LASIK is the most popular elective procedure in the world and over 32 million people worldwide owe their clear vision to LASIK.
  • It has been successfully used to correct vision since 1991.
  • LASIK is one of the most precise medical procedures performed today, and has been subjected to rigorous safety testing.
  • Claris Eye Care & Surgery uses the most advanced LASIK technology in the world – the Alcon Wavelight excimer and femtosecond system.
  • LASIK surgery requires only topical anesthetic drops, and you see better almost immediately


What is Contoura LASIK?

Contoura® Vision is laser vision correction that uses some of today’s most advanced mapping technologies to create a highly personal treatment for your eyes – and only your eyes. Just like your fingerprint is completely unique to you, Contoura Vision creates a procedure that is completely unique to your eyes.

Truly personalize your procedure with Contoura Vision

Contoura Vision is topography-guided laser vision correction. This means your eye is imaged and analyzed using 22,000 unique elevation points on the cornea. This data is sent to Dr. Carlson’s surgical planning computer to create an individualized ablation profile. The WaveLight EX500 excimer laser automatically adjusts each laser pulse placement to match the topography-guided treatment.

Topography-guided LASIK has been proven to improve the following:

  • Light-sensitivity
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Reading difficulty
  • Complaints of glare
  • Halos
  • Starbursts


What to Expect Before & After Your LASIK Procedure

Before LASIK eye surgery, Dr. Carlson will perform a thorough eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure. He will evaluate:

  • the shape and thickness of your cornea
  • pupil size
  • refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism)
  • Other eye conditions.
  • Your general health history and any medications you are taking to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK.
  • The moistness of your eyes will also be evaluated, and a precautionary treatment may be recommended to reduce your risk of developing dry eyes after LASIK.

There are a few things to expect after the procedure is finished. Some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery is normal, however, clarity should improve by the very next morning. Your eyesight should stabilize and continue to improve within the first few days, although in rare cases it may take several weeks or longer.

You may be able to go to work the next day, but it is recommended that you refrain from any strenuous exercise for at least a week, since this can traumatize the eye and affect healing.

Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after their surgery, but LASIK results do vary. Some people may achieve only 20/40 vision or less, and may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following laser vision correction, though your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.

While the LASIK procedure itself has an excellent safety profile, post surgery issues can occur, such as infection, dry eye or night glare (starbursts, halos or rainbows that are most noticeable when you’re viewing lights at night, such as while you’re driving). Fewer than 3% of people will need a LASIK enhancement, or “touch up” procedure, a few months after the primary surgery to achieve ideal visual acuity.


LASIK at Claris Eye Surgery

Claris Eye Care & Surgery has a world-class team who carefully craft vision correction solutions tailored to each of our patient’s needs.

Dr. Carlson has conducted thousands of LASIK surgeries with high success rates. He utilizes two different laser platforms to perform laser vision corrections: Alcon Wavelight EX500 Wavefront Optimized Excimer laser and the Contoura topography-guided system.

The Wavelight EX500 laser provides a very wide range of treatments and is extremely fast. In fact, more people can be candidates for laser vision correction with this laser than ever before. The speed of the EX500 laser makes for an easier treatment experience.

Dr. Carlson performs all procedures exclusively at the Phillips Eye Institute, which specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and care of eye disorders and diseases. People from a five-state region come to the Phillips Eye Institute for an array of services, from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye care.

If you’re not a candidate for LASIK a number of other vision correction surgeries are available, such as PRK or LASEK laser eye surgery or phakic IOL surgery. Dr. Carlson and our team welcome your visit to discuss these and to determine which is right for you.

In addition to helping you understand various laser vision correction options, Claris Eye Care & Surgery will explain the costs and help you identify the best means of financing this procedure, if necessary. We have financing options available with approved credit.

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