See clearer than clear.
“Ugh. It’s time to buy contacts or glasses again!” Is this something you’ve ever thought to yourself? Chances are you’ve already considered LASIK surgery to change your vision. So, what’s stopping you? Most people have three main reasons: it will hurt, there will be post-op complications, and it’s expensive. We want you to improve life with LASIK, so we’re here to dispel those rumors.
Rumor #1 – It Will Be Painful
You can expect some discomfort with any surgical procedure. However, many patients describe the feeling similarly to having something in your eye(s). Post-procedure, EyeLASIK provides you with aftercare instructions and medications. We prescribe specialty drops to help relieve the discomfort and irritation. The drops include a steroid and antibiotic to prevent infection and swelling.
After LASIK, you no longer have to worry about the discomfort of eyeglasses and contacts. Actually, many patients experience better sight after LASIK than they did with their corrective eyewear…and less irritation, too. That’s definitely a life changing experience.
Rumor #2 – There Will Be Complications
As with any medical procedure, there is some risk associated with undergoing LASIK. These risks include double vision, glares, vision changes, and under/overcorrections.
However, the facility at EyeLASIK chooses to utilize the most advanced technology available. Additionally, our surgical clinic is inside a sterile, highly reputable facility in order to minimize the chance of those complications. At Eye LASIK Midland we pride ourselves on offering the most advanced systems proven to give the best results. EyeLASIK has an extensive network of optometrists who trust our surgeons, staff, equipment, and facilities.
Rumor #3 – It’s Too Expensive
“How can I afford LASIK?” It’s a question we hear frequently. We completely understand where you’re coming from when you ask us.
It can feel like there a considerable upfront expense for LASIK. However, if you’re willing to take the time, add up how much money you spend each year on eye health. Contacts, frames, lenses, solution, cleaning kits, drops, and more…it all adds how. LASIK can pay for itself just by not having to buy contact lenses or glasses anymore. Think about it. If you’re like most people, you’re probably spending around $3000 on average. If that’s the case, LASIK will pay for itself in just a few years!
LASIK is also an approved medical procedure for FSA and HSA insurance plans. Check with your provider to find out more. EyeLASIK also offers flexible, interest-free financing options. Our team believes that if you change your vision, you can change your life. We want to help you experience that life change! We always offer complimentary consultations. We’re here to help you improve your life with LASIK and answer all of your questions.
Ask about the different types of LASIK surgery in your consultation.
LASIK is one of the best decisions you can make to improve your vision. However, if you’ve ever researched the decision, you’ve probably come across the several different types. It’s important to know the differences between them to help you choose the best option. We’re here to highlight the types of LASIK surgery.
While a PRK uses similar tools as LASIK, the surgeon foregoes creating a flap. The entire outer layer of the cornea is completely removed. An excimer laser reshapes the corneal tissue, and a new outer layer grows back within five days after the procedure.
LASIK (With An “I”)
LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery. A surgical laser creates a small “flap” on the surface of the eye. The flap is folded back in order to reshape the corneal tissue. After the cornea is adjusted, the flap is replaced in its original position, where it acts as a natural bandage that allows the eye to heal. Due to quick healing time, the flap reattaches itself securely, so there is no need for sutures.
LASEK (With An “E”)
The LASEK procedure is a combination of LASIK and PRK. Instead of completely removing the outer layer of the cornea like the PRK, the flap is pushed to the side so it remains attached to the eye on one side. This process exposes the corneal tissue for laser reshaping. After this step is completed, the outer layer is adjusted and a “bandage” contact lens is placed on the eye to keep the layer secured during the healing process.
LASEK and Epi-LASIK are incredibly similar. However, the key difference is simply the type of tool used to loosen the outer layer of the cornea. This reduces the patient’s risk of a reaction caused by using alcohol, which is used in LASEK.
While this is a quick and simplified version of each of the types of LASIK surgeries, we recommend setting up a complimentary consultation for a more in-depth discussion. Each of these surgeries have high success rates and similar vision outcomes. It’s genuinely about what works best for you. During your consultation, our specialists can help to determine which laser eye surgery is right for you.
One of the most common question we receive is “am I too old/young for LASIK?” While there’s no standard minimum or maximum on the procedure, we’re here to discuss the right age for LASIK.
Am I Too Old For LASIK?
There’s an old adage that “age ain’t nothin’ but a number.” However, medically speaking, it can make some difference. However, you may not be “too old” for LASIK. While there is not a maximum age for the procedure, each patient should be assessed individually to determine eligibility. This is all taken care of during your complimentary consultation with EyeLASIK
Am I Too Young For LASIK?
Do you know the “right” age for LASIK?
If you’ve watch your child struggle with poor vision, you know how difficult this can be. Needing to wear corrective lenses, whether glasses or contacts, can be a hassle during school, in sports, or in social settings. The added responsibility of maintaining contacts or keeping up glasses can be especially cumbersome for children and young adults. However, LASIK is not typically recommended for people 18 years and younger. Like height and shoe size, the eyes still need to mature and stabilize before the procedure can be considered a success. We evaluate each person individually to determine eligibility.
What Is The Right Age For LASIK?
To qualify for the LASIK procedure, your vision must be stable for a defined period of time and you must have good eye health. People with cataracts or eye disease may not qualify as candidates for LASIK. Also, if you are wearing reading glasses now, the likelihood is that you will continue to need them. However, each patient is evaluated individually and is specifically assessed to provide the “right” LASIK age.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure and the qualifying criteria that helps determine its success. You can set up your free consultation by filling out this form.
Just remember to relax…a lot!
Simply put, LASIK eye surgery is life changing. The procedure is now one of the safest vision correction procedures you can have. It’s no wonder millions of people have chosen to have LASIK. Although the surgery is a simple procedure, there is still a recovery period. However, recovery after LASIK is usually quick and is relatively pain free! Although you may have discomfort for a day or two after the procedure, there is less recovery time than many other same day procedures. Here’s our list of things you can do to ensure that you have a successful LASIK recovery!
Get Your ZZZ’s
After your procedure, go home and take a nap. Allow your eyes to rest. Although LASIK is a safe and simple procedure, your eyes will still need time to recover. The best way to promote healing is to keep them closed. Most patients experience some irritation once the topical anesthetic wears off. By keeping your eyes closed, you can minimize this irritation.
Protective Eyewear Is Important To A Successful LASIK Recovery
You’ll be given safety glasses or goggles to wear after your procedure. Anytime you are outside to prevent any dirt or debris from getting into your eyes, especially during the first 24 to 48 hours during your LASIK recovery, you should wear these. Wearing your protective eyewear anytime you sleep for the first week after the procedure will help prevent you from accidentally hitting or rubbing your eyes during your sleep.
Avoid The Rub
Rubbing your eyes during your LASIK recovery period can cause complications. It can cause the flap created during the procedure to become irritated. That can lead to blurry vision and possibly the need for more surgery. This is another great reason to take a nap after your procedure. Sleeping will keep you from feeling the need to rub your eyes while you’re asleep.
One Drop At A Time
You’ll be given a prescription for eye drops to use post-operatively. It’s important to use them as prescribed by your ophthalmologist during your LASIK recovery. These drops will most likely include an antibiotic, a steroid, and possibly an anti-inflammatory medication to prevent infection and swelling. It also helps alleviate some of the irritation you may feel shortly after the procedure. If you have any questions on how to use your drops, ask your physician before you leave the surgery center.
Use Artificial Tears During Recovery
In addition to prescription drops, you will receive drops in your LASIK kit that can be used to moisturize your eyes. Use them! Artificial tears will help with the discomfort following your LASIK procedure. They also keep your corneas hydrated, which will allow them to heal quickly and properly. These drops can be used as often as needed. If you will be using them at the same time as your prescription drops, use the tears first and then wait five minutes before instilling the prescribed drops.
Using these five tips will help to ensure a smooth LASIK recovery and help alleviate any discomfort. If you have any questions, be sure to check with your surgeon or one of our great staff members if you have any additions questions or need more recommendations!
LASIK Surgeons 411
Many people spend a lot of time researching before purchasing a new car: gas mileage, safety rating, and pricing. Choosing LASIK surgeons is very similar to researching any other major purchase. It’s important to choose the best surgeon available…and EyeLASIK is here to share our tips!
Finding Good LASIK Surgeons
There are several factors to consider when you check for a qualified surgeon, such as great credentials and willingness to work with a patient to resolve if a possible problem arises following a procedure.
- Licensing: You should validate a surgeon’s credentials through a state licensing board.. You also can check a surgeon’s credentials through the National Practitioner Data Bank.
- Board Certification: A board certified surgeon goes beyond simply having a basic license to practice medicine. It ensures that an impartial entity recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties has certified the surgeon to practice in his or her specialty. The American Board of Ophthalmology is one such entity that requires board-certified physicians to complete specific training and continuing education related to the specialty.
- Membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS): The ACS upholds ethical standards of conduct for all members, who must be board certified.
- Referrals & Reviews: Ask for a referral from your regular eye care practitioner, whether an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. EyeLASIK has a large network of referring doctors (https://eyelasikmidland.com/doctors-networks/). You should also read reviews on social networks such as Facebook and Google+…it’s a great way to see how other patients felt about their experience.
- Advertisements: As with any advertisement, some ads are more informative than others. Some tout extremely good pricing. But while this can be a starting point, keep in mind that an ad or a procedure price should not be your only criterion when choosing a doctor.
- Other resources: Visiting the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website (aao.org) is a start! Utilize their “Find an Eye MD” feature (be sure to specify “refractive surgery” under “specialty”). The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) also maintains an online membership list and “Find a Surgeon” feature.
With over 30 years of experience and over 30,000 surgeries, you can be assured that the surgeons at EyeLASIK are the most experienced in West Texas. The doctors of Eye LASIK Midland selected Dr. Tschoepe and Dr. Walters to provide surgical services because of the excellent results they achieve and their history as innovators in eye surgery.
Both of our surgeons are:
- Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology;
- Members of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery;
- Members of the Texas Ophthalmologic Association;
- Members of the Texas Medical Association; and
- Members of American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Since 2000 Eye LASIK Midland has been the most trusted laser center on the Permian Basin as evidenced by those who know us best. More eye doctors refer their family members and their patients to Eye LASIK Midland than any other provider in this area. Schedule your free consultation with our amazing team today!
Increase Your Confidence Level With LASIK!
Springtime is all about new beginnings. Those of us here at EyeLASIK are no different! We’re here to share some of the great benefits of the procedure, so you can start some new beginnings after LASIK!
Wearing glasses and contacts can be expensive, even with insurance. If you’re a candidate for the LASIK procedure, you can save the following amounts:
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Over the course of ten years, wearing contacts or glasses can run upwards of $10,000!
Healthier Days Are On The Horizon
One of the biggest drawbacks of contacts is eye infections! Ditching those contacts after LASIK is definitely a new lease on life!
Sometimes, it just isn’t the right time for glasses…no one wants to wear frames to their wedding or other formal event! Unfortunately, contacts also don’t always fare well here in West Texas due to allergens, wind, and excessive amounts of dust. LASIK frees you to be able to see clearly without concern over frames obscuring your face or your contacts getting dried out. You’re free to be yourself without dealing with the hassle and that’s a massive confidence booster.
Lose Some Baggage
If you’ve ever tried to travel with an assortment of glasses or contacts, you know what a pain it is. Rewetting drops, cloth cleaners, and contact cases are just a few of the things you have to keep in a travel kit. LASIK allows you to lighten your load a bit and travel more freely.
You Only Have One Pair Of Glasses To Keep Up With
…and those are you sunnies! EyeLASIK always recommends wearing sunglasses, whether you’re our patient or not! Only having to keep up with your sunglasses is a great benefit of LASIK!
We hope we’ve given you some great insight into what your future holds after LASIK. Talk about some bright rays of sunshine! Be sure to look into our complimentary LASIK consultations here!