Video: Brittany - LASIK Patient
Brittany suffered from poor vision her whole life and couldn't do the things she enjoyed without worrying about her contacts falling out or bothering her eyes. She chose Dr. Holcomb after a lot of research and decided he was the best. LASIK eliminated the hassle of contacts and glasses for her and has made her life a lot easier.
LASIK is a landmark treatment that has helped thousands of patients see the world more clearly. Dr. William E. Holcomb and his team at Holcomb Laser Center are experts in LASIK. We can conduct a thorough consultation to determine whether laser eye surgery is right for you. To find out if you are a LASIK candidate, schedule a consultation at Dr. Holcomb’s Cullman practice today.
Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?
There are several factors that determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK surgery. The best candidates for LASIK:
- Are 18 years or older
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Are free from chronic eye diseases and extensive physical trauma to the eye
- Are in generally good overall health
- Have vision that has stayed consistent for at least one year
- Suffer from myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism
- Do not suffer from chronic dry eye
- Do not have corneal scarring
- Do not suffer from an auto immune disorder such as Lupus or HIV
- Have a cornea thick enough to create a corneal flap
- Are able to refrain from placing any pressure on their eyes for at least one week
Patients 40 years of age and older are more likely to require some sort of prescription eye wear like glasses or contacts in the years following surgery. While each patient's case is unique, Dr. Holcomb's CustomVue WaveScan WaveFront™ technology helps him precisely identify and treat the intricacies of each patient's visual impairment.
Other Refractive Surgery Options
Before you decide upon LASIK surgery, Dr. Holcomb will evaluate the thickness of your corneas. If your cornea proves too thin for LASIK surgery, Dr. Holcomb offers another solution: PRK surgery. PRK surgery can correct hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism, but uses a different approach.
- PRK surgery involves the removal of the epithelial (outer) layer of the cornea, rather than creating a flap, to reshape the inner layer (stroma).
- PRK surgery takes longer to heal than LASIK surgery because of the full removal of the epithelial layer of cells. These cells will begin to regenerate within a few days after surgery.
- This surgery has a slightly higher risk of infection than LASIK surgery. At Holcomb Laser Center, our practice is exceptionally clean and sterile, so your risk of infection is negligible.
To learn more about undergoing PRK if you are not a candidate for LASIK, contact Holcomb Laser Center today. Your long-term satisfaction with your laser eye surgery is very important to us, so we will take great care to determine whether this treatment is appropriate for your needs, and whether PRK or LASIK is the best choice.
Schedule Your Free Screening Today
If you are you interested in LASIK, contact us today to schedule a consultation. If you are a good candidate for LASIK or PRK, we can help you achieve clearer vision and an improved quality of life. We have helped 94 percent of our patients to achieve 20/20 vision following surgery, and we look forward to helping you experience the incredible benefits of these procedures.