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Laser Vision Correction, Houston: What is LASIK and what is Laser Vision Correction?

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For information on LASIK and Laser Vision Correction, or to schedule a no obligation complimentary consultation call:  936-539-4500 or email us at appt@averyeyeclinic.com.

In the past, glasses and contact lenses were the only options available to correct refractive vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. With advancements in technologies, lasers can now be used to gently sculpt these prescription corrections directly onto the eye. Patients who have relied on eyewear or contact lenses for years are often astonished at their ability to see objects clearly across the room or to read a clock sometimes just minutes after one of these procedures. These procedures are collectively known as Laser Vision Correction. LASIK is the most common of these. There are also variations of LASIK including custom LASIK, wavefront-guided LASIK, blade-free all laser LASIK, and Advanced Surface Ablation. 

Avery Eye Clinic surgeons provide state of the art options for patients undergoing refractive vision correction procedures. Because each patient’s eyes are unique, Avery Eye Clinic surgeons are trained in multiple procedures and can offer custom solutions to fit your specific vision correction needs.

Houston-area Avery Eye Clinic physicians and surgeons are considered leaders in Laser Vision Correction. The doctors at the Houston area Avery Eye Clinic will work with you to determine if you are a suitable candidate and help you decide which eye surgery option is right for you.  Importantly, you can find out at no cost or obligation. At Avery Eye Clinic, LASIK eye surgery consultation is available as a free service. Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation. It may very well be one of the best decisions you'll ever make.

LASIK Eye Surgery, Houston: Who is a candidate?

LASIK eye surgery is appropriate for patients that are myopic (nearsighted), hyperopic (farsighted), and now even for patients that have astigmatism (an oblong shape to the eye). Patients should have generally good eye health. Good candidates usually do not have cataracts or other unstable eye conditions, though there are some exceptions. Candidates should be old enough for their eyes and prescription to have stopped changing significantly (typically by 19 to 22 years of age).

Avery Eye Clinic offers a complimentary, no obligation, LASIK screening to help determine if you are a candidate. Only through a rigorous eye examination and testing is your doctor able to determine if you are a candidate and which procedure is right for you. If your doctor does not think LASIK is the answer for your specific circumstance, he will work with you to determine what the best method to correct your vision is. LASIK is only one of the many options offered at Avery Eye Clinic. We are committed to providing the best and safest solution to fit your specific needs.

It is important to also note that some medical conditions can have an impact on your candidacy or success with any surgical treatment. For example, patients with diabetes may develop cataracts earlier in life, have unstable eyeglass prescriptions from uncontrolled glucose levels, or have retinal problems which might limit your surgeon’s ability to fully correct your vision. Be sure to inform your doctor of any medications you may be taking and any medical conditions you may have. Also, women who are pregnant should typically wait a few months after delivery or nursing before undergoing LASIK.

Some specific physical conditions that may impact your success, or increase your risk of complications with LASIK laser vision correction include:

   •     Keratoconus (thinning and asymmetric steepening of the cornea)

   •     Cataracts or diabetic retinopathy with loss of vision

   •     Uncontrolled glaucoma

   •     Amblyopia (lazy eye)

   •     Severe dry eyes

   •     Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and/or Sjogren’s syndrome

   •     Keloid scars after surgery

   •     Current use of Accutane (isotretinoin), Cordarone (amiodorone), or Imitrex (sumatriptan)

Because contact lenses temporarily alter corneal shape, patients who are interested in LASIK vision correction should stop wearing their contact lenses for a time before LASIK. Your doctor is often able to obtain a general idea of whether you might benefit from LASIK even if you are wearing contacts, but you will still have to be out of contacts for a time prior to final testing and treatment. 

The Avery Eye Clinic team will evaluate each of these complex factors when you receive your thorough eye examination. We will help determine if you are a candidate. Our goal is to provide the safest and most effective treatment for you. Once we have determined your options, we will recommend a customized treatment that is best for your specific needs.  

For more information on LASIK:

For information on LASIK and Laser Vision Correction or to schedule a no obligation complimentary consultation call:  936-539-4500 or email us at appt@averyeyeclinic.com.