T H E   P R O C E D U R E

LASIK is an outpatient procedure performed to improve vision. Today 99% of all refractive errors can be treated.  An excimer laser is used to gently reshape the cornea (the clear outer coat of the eye) to improve vision.  At Physicians Eye Center, we offer LASIK surgery in our Owensboro office using the top quality VISX S3 laser. Our LASIK surgeons are highly experienced ophthalmologists with a special interest in LASIK.
  

The First Step

The decision to have refractive surgery is an important step that only you can make. When your ready to consider LASIK, simply call or e-mail Physicians Eye Center for a free screening.  If you are a candidate for LASIK a consultation will be scheduled.  We also work in conjunction with many local eye doctors to provide surgical care for their patients. Our goal is to provide the best treatment possible.

Before Surgery

   A complete eye exam will be required to confirm the health and prescription of your eyes.  During your exam special measurements and readings for the LASIK procedure will be performed.

   These tests are needed to be certain you are a good candidate for LASIK.  At this point your questions will be answered. Since the risks and side effects vary depending on the state of your vision, these will be discussed at the time of your consultation.
 

L A S I K   E X P E R T S

Dr. David Jones, a board certified ophthalmologist, has practiced at Physicians Eye Center since 1982.  He began performing excimer laser surgery shortly after it was approved in the United States.

Dr. Thomas Furgason, a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, has practiced at Physicians Eye Center since 1998. He has 16 years of experience performing eye surgery and has a special interest in LASIK. Dr Furgason has performed LASIK since 2003.

 

After LASIK

   Your eye will be monitored after surgery to check the healing process.  It will be necessary to protect your eyes while they are healing.  Antibiotic drops and artificial tear drops are begun immediately after surgery.
As your eye improves, you will be able to resume your normal activities.  Healing rates vary, but patients have less irritation and recover more quickly with LASIK than other types of eye surgery.

   With time, your vision will stabilize and the final result will be determined.  It is important for patients considering LASIK to have realistic expectations.  Virtually all patients will have a small amount of residual prescription; however, the majority of patients will be able to see between 20/20 and 20/40 without glasses or contacts -- good enough to pass the vision test for driving.

 


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