LASIK Eye Doctors Lee County
If you are thinking about LASIK surgery, consider Elmquist Eye Group for the most qualified eye doctors in Lee County.
Elmquist Eye Group has served thousands of patients in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Southwest Florida for more than two decades. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner Kate Wagner, OD, and his associates Nina Burt, OD and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, provide personalized eye care for everyone in the family, from children to seniors.
Dr. Elmquist is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in general ophthalmology and refractive surgery. He has been selected year after year as one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. based on the nominations of his peers. Dr. Eccles-Brown is also a board certified ophthalmologist with additional training and certification in refractive surgery.
Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
If you are over 18, have a history of healthy eyes and good overall health, you may be a good candidate for LASIK laser vision correction.
A thorough eye exam is the best way to determine if LASIK is right for you, or whether you may benefit from a similar procedure, such as PRK, instead. The exam will include a careful medical and ocular history to ensure there are no conditions that could compromise the outcome of your surgery.
There are some conditions that could lead us to recommend against refractive surgery, such as:
- Thin, severely scarred or weak corneas
- History of herpes simplex or zoster infections
- Severe dry eye
- Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
- Uncontrolled glaucoma
- Uncontrolled diabetes
Your doctor will discuss your goals and expectations, as well as the risks and benefits of the procedure.
Is LASIK Surgery Painful?
The all-laser LASIK surgery we perform at Elmquist Eye Group is very brief and takes only a few minutes for each eye. You may experience burning, redness, sensitivity to light, and/or the feeling that something is in your eye following your LASIK surgery, but any discomfort should not last more than a few hours. To combat possible temporary eye dryness, your doctor may prescribe artificial teardrops.
Does Laser Vision Correction Last a Lifetime?
LASIK surgery makes permanent changes to your cornea. Although each patient is different, 95% of those who undergo LASIK eye surgery achieve 20/40 vision, while the vast majority achieve 20/20 vision or better.
Your eye doctor will evaluate your eyes after surgery to confirm that your vision is stable. A tiny percentage of patients may benefit from repeat laser vision correction years after their procedure, but this is uncommon.
However, even LASIK surgery can’t stop the aging process. You may still need reading glasses after the age of 50 and may develop age-related cataracts. Regular checkups with Elmquist Eye Group can help diagnose and treat these problems early.
We are confident that you will find the top LASIK eye doctors in Lee County at Elmquist Eye Group. Choosing us for your eye care gives you access to a complete range of eye doctors with different training, expertise, and unique strengths. Call us today at (239) 936-2020 to make an appointment.