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What is LASIK or Laser Surgery?
The term LASIK stands for Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis. iLASIK, the procedure used by Dr. Holcomb, uses two combined techniques. The first step uses a laser, the IntraLase, to create a protective flap of corneal tissue that covers the area sculpted by the second laser. This flap helps minimize corneal haze and scarring, allows early vision recovery, and reduces post-op discomfort. The second laser, the VISX STAR S4 IR laser, uses a computer controlled beam to reshape the cornea. The new shape changes the focus of the eye to help clear the vision without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. The VISX laser, the most advanced model in use today, is in use in over 40 countries, and has been approved in the U.S. by the FDA for treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. For more detailed information, click on the Procedure tab above.
When are the Postoperative Visits?
Dr. Holcomb will examine your eyes on the first postoperative day, then again at 2-3 weeks post-op. The next routine visit is not until the 3-month point. Dr. Holcomb is always available between these visits for any concerns you might have.
How Long Does the LASIK Procedure Take?
You will be at the laser center for about 2 hours total. The procedure itself takes about 25 minutes total. You can see well enough to get around immediately post-op, although the vision is foggy at first. Clear vision typically does not occur until awakening the next morning.
When Can I Drive?
Most LASIK patients see well enough to drive themselves to the postoperative visit the next day. You cannot drive on the day of surgery; you will need someone to drive you to and from the laser center that day.
Are Results Achieved from LASIK Permanent?
The effects of LASIK are very stable after six months. Generally, the effects of LASIK do not wear off, although some patients require additional “touch-up” or enhancement treatments within that first six months. The odds of needing an enhancement are based largely on the magnitude of the initial glasses or contact prescription. It is important to realize that a person’s eyes can still change naturally at young ages, however. That is why most surgeons recommend having LASIK after the major eye changes have occurred (about age 21.)
Once I Have LASIK, Will I Need Reading Glasses for Near Vision?
The one thing LASIK cannot correct is the natural age-related loss of near vision, which occurs past age 40. If you are already wearing some form of bifocal or reading correction, you will still need one or the other after surgery for near work. If you are nearsighted and over about age 42, and we correct your distance vision fully in both eyes, you will have to wear reading correction after LASIK for near work. If you have worn “monovision” contact lenses (one far, one near) successfully, you may be able to achieve the same result surgically.
What Is the Cost of the LASIK Procedure?
The cost varies depending on which form of payment you choose, and whether you choose to finance the procedure. Dr. Holcomb currently offers the iLASIK procedure for less than most other LASIK surgeons. If you see LASIK offered at a lower price, ask whether the iLASIK complete system is being used (IntraLase flap laser and VISX STAR S4 IR laser.) For up-to-date prices, call (256) 739-3605 ext 106, and ask for Rebecca.
What Is the First Step Toward Having LASIK Surgery?
Call our office at (256) 739-3605 ext 106, and ask about a free screening to determine whether or not you might be a candidate. All we need is your most current glasses or contact lens prescription. There are also free screenings available at the Holcomb Laser Center facility. If it is determined that you are a potential candidate, you can then set up a full consultation with Dr. Holcomb. A complete dilated eye exam along with other measurements will be performed to determine whether surgery is right for you.
I went to the best of the best for LASIK: Dr. Holcomb. I highly recommend him and his staff.Courtney W.