Ever wonder what it would be like to wake up in the morning with clear, crisp vision (no glasses necessary)? That is how millions of people wake up after LASIK surgery, and you may be able to too. Here at Bowden Eye & Associates, we are dedicated to providing the best laser vision correction services in the Jacksonville, FL area.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK surgery (which stands for laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis) is a vision correction procedure. LASIK surgery permanently corrects common refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The goal of LASIK surgery is to correct vision by reshaping the cornea. When you have a refractive error, it means the cornea is misshapen. This makes it difficult for your cornea to focus light onto the retina properly, resulting in blurry vision.
What Occurs During A LASIK Consultation?
If LASIK vision correction is something that you have been considering we encourage you to schedule a no obligation consultation at Bowden Eye & Associates. During this consultation we will explain the entire LASIK procedure, discuss potential risks and benefits and discuss financing options. Our LASIK counselors are qualified to help guide you in the right direction so that you can achieve your personal best vision.
Bowden Eye & Associates is a comprehensive vision correction practice very different from a LASIK only type of practice. If their is a different refractive surgery procedure that will work better for your individual needs we will make a different recommendation. Dr. Kevin Cronin, Dr. Sarah Darbandi, and Dr. Frank Bowden are certified ophthalmologists with excellent experience and solid outcomes with refractive surgery. Choosing a high quality eye surgeon at a high quality practice is the value we bring to our patients.
At our Jacksonville LASIK facility, we take great care in providing a personalized approach to LASIK eye surgery as well as any other type of refractive surgery. At your LASIK consultation our counselors will talk about payments options so that we can make LASIK affordable. We never want a patient to be turned away over a pricing problem and will work very hard to help in any way possible. We offer a variety of payment financing solutions that we will discuss in detail at your in person consultation.
The procedure (LASIK) was quick. Everyone communicated with me and each other which made me feel very comfortable. My vision has improved tremendously, recovery was a breeze and they made sure I was taken care of.”
Whitney, Jacksonville, Florida
The Three Steps to LASIK Surgery
There are three main steps to LASIK surgery. The first step is to create a detailed map of the surface of the cornea. This step is what makes our LASIK procedures “custom”. Your LASIK surgeon will use this corneal map to see exactly which part of your cornea needs reshaping.
The second step is to create a corneal “flap” on the surface of the eye. At Bowden Eye & Associates, we use the “bladeless” LASIK method. To do this, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser. This laser will create a thin, circular hinge in the middle of the cornea. The corneal flap is then gently pulled to the side to expose the inner layers of the cornea for treatment.
The third and last step involves reshaping the cornea. To achieve this, your surgeon will use a specialized laser called an excimer laser. This laser will be programmed with your corneal topography in mind. The excimer laser will then remove microscopic amounts of corneal tissue to even out the surface. Once this step is finished, so is the surgery!
IntraLase iFS Femtosecond Laser
Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK
LASIK is the most common form of vision correction, but based on your personal needs another vision correction option may be better for your personal vision needs. Below are other vision correction options offered in Jacksonville at Bowden Eye & Associates:
PRK is similar to LASIK as it uses the same excimer laser to correct the curvature of the cornea and provide clear vision. The difference is that, with PRK, a corneal flap is not created. This vision correction procedure is generally performed on those with thin corneas or those who have had other eye surgeries in the past. The recovery time is longer than with LASIK as the cornea needs to naturally heal, but the visual correction results are the same as LASIK.
The Visian ICL™
The Visian ICL is another vision correction procedure much different than LASIK and PRK. ICL stands for implantable collamer lens. It is inserted into the eye in order to correct vision. This procedure is excellent for vision correction candidates with very thin corneas and those with “coke bottle” glasses for nearsightedness.
At Bowden Eye & Associates we are pleased to provide our patients with a variety of vision correction options to suit your individual needs. Request an appointment online today.