Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK
How do I know if I'm a candidate for Laser Vision Correction? ➤
This is the most frequently asked LASIK question. We recommend you come in for a free evaluation with our refractive counselor. During your free consultation, our refractive counselor and staff will discuss your particular situation and help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. At Berkeley Eye Center, our goal is to determine the vision procedure that is right for you! Read more on our LASIK Candidacy page.
What is the difference between RK and LASIK Laser Vision Correction? ➤
RK and LASIK Laser Vision Correction are both procedures that correct refractive error by reshaping the cornea to allow light rays to properly focus on the retina. RK requires the use of a diamond blade to create radial incisions on the surface of the cornea. With LASIK, Dr. Caplan, Dr. McQueen, Dr. Doe, Dr. Sun, Dr. McCauley, Dr. Spengler, Dr. Yankelove, Dr. Canseco, and Dr. Cook reshape the cornea using cool waves of ultraviolet light that gently sculpt away nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism with microscopic precision using the VISX Star Excimer Laser.
What is the difference between PRK and LASIK? ➤
PRK was the first Excimer laser procedure approved for use in the United States. With PRK, the surface of the cornea (epithelium) is scraped or ablated along with the corneal tissue underneath. This sculpting removes microscopic layers of the cornea to correct refractive error. In contrast, LASIK reshapes the inner layers of the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. A special instrument called the microkeratome gently folds back and lifts a thin layer of the cornea . The laser then precisely reshapes the inner surface of the cornea to enable light rays to focus more directly on the retina so images are in better focus. LASIK is the most widely used refractive procedure performed in the United States. Because the corneal surface is left virtually intact, most patients report a very high comfort level following the procedure and almost instantaneous improvements in visual acuity.
Are all patients who wear glasses and contacts candidates for LASIK? ➤
Most patients who wear glasses are good candidates for LASIK. Patients with virtually every degree of nearsightedness are enjoying good outcomes with LASIK. We are able to treat mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For more extreme nearsightedness and farsightedness, lens implants may be an option. Our counselor will discuss this procedure with you during your free evaluation.
How long have your doctors been performing refractive surgery? ➤
Dr. Caplan, Dr. McQueen, Dr. Doe, Dr. McCauley, Dr. Sun, Dr. Spengler, Dr. Yankelove, Dr. Canseco, and Dr. Cook are among the top refractive surgeons in the country, and are especially recognized as leaders in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas. Refractive procedures have been available at Berkeley Eye Center since 1980. Combined, our surgeons have performed nearly 50,000 LASIK procedures for patients from across the country.
As recognized leaders in refractive surgery, our surgeons are involved in laser technology research and continue to be clinical investigators for advanced Laser Vision Correction procedures.
What kind of laser do you use? ➤
Investing in the most advanced technology is part of Berkeley Eye Center’s commitment to provide our patients with the highest level of patient care. That’s why we were among the first to purchase the new VISX STAR S4 ActiveTrak Excimer Laser System that incorporates an active eye tracking system, in addition to many other benefits. Berkeley Eye Center also provides the “All LASER LASIK, iLASIK ” experience, using the combination of the Excimer laser with the Blade-Free Intralase laser. Click here to learn more about our laser. (*See Risks and Contraindications Below)
How long will the procedure actually take? ➤
You can expect to be at Berkeley Eye Center’s Surgery Center approximately two hours. The time in the surgery suite with the doctor is 15 to 20 minutes. The actual laser treatment time is approximately one minute per eye.