Modern LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is the most well studied and popular vision correction procedure available today, improving, or in most cases, fully restoring vision. Our doctors were the first in the US to perform both LASIK and blade-free, All-Laser LASIK. LASIK is an effective treatment used to correct mild to moderate cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK is a 2-Step Process
First, Dr. Slade or Dr. Walton will choose which of our advanced, femtosecond lasers is a better fit for your eye to create a flap on the surface of your cornea. The flap’s benefit is that it functions as a natural bandage when the procedure is finished. Very few practices have multiple femtosecond laser options for flap creation, but Drs. Slade and Walton do not use the typical “one size fits all” approach for laser vision correction.
Second, after the flap is created, an excimer laser is used to create your unique refractive prescription on your cornea, giving you your best possible vision. The corneal flap is then returned to its original position where it bonds without the need for sutures and acts as a natural, protective bandage. While each laser treatment is very fast, lasting only 30-60 seconds, you should expect to spend a total of 10-15 minutes in the procedure room.
Ideal LASIK Candidates
- People who are 18 and older with a history of stable vision
- People who are nearsighted, farsighted, and/ or have astigmatism
- Healthy eyes with no history of disease or certain autoimmune conditions
- Normal corneal topography (corneal thickness and treatable shape)
Questions to Ask Your LASIK Surgeon
When you are interviewing LASIK surgeons in Houston or having a pre-operative LASIK eye surgery evaluation, you may want to discuss the following LASIK questions:
- How long have you been performing LASIK?
- Does the price of your LASIK vary depending on my visual parameters?
- Do you only do LASIK or do you offer other refractive surgery procedures?
- Do you have access to more than one laser for LASIK?
- What do you think is the best LASIK Technology and why?
- What are the risks of LASIK?
- What are your credentials and educational history?
- What makes a great LASIK surgeon?
LASIK on the Frontlines
This program features a former Navy SEAL who owes his career to laser vision correction and demonstrates the important role laser vision correction plays in the lives of U.S. service men and women.