LASIK Eye Surgery Fort Myers
LASIK eye surgery is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery today and can help you reduce your dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. If you live or work in Fort Myers, schedule an appointment with Elmquist Eye Group to find out if you may be a good candidate.
E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, is an experienced eye surgeon who has been selected year after year as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology and recognized among the top 1% of ophthalmologists in the nation. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, is an experienced eye surgeon whose areas of expertise include LASIK, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Kate Wagner, OD, Dr. Elmquist’s partner, and Nina Burt, OD, are experienced board certified optometrists who provide pre-op and post-op exams, testing, and follow-up care to our LASIK patients.
Elmquist Eye Group is focused on providing unsurpassed vision care at a reasonable cost.
Different Methods of LASIK Surgery
All LASIK procedures are not the same. What do “blade” and “bladeless,” or “all-laser,” LASIK mean? Does one have advantages over the other?
Both forms of the surgery use an excimer laser to reshape the corneal tissue; the difference is in what the surgeon uses to cut the corneal flap.
In conventional LASIK, the surgeon uses a handheld surgical blade, called a microkeratome, to cut a thin, hinged flap into the surface of the cornea. The flap is then folded over and the surgeon applies energy pulses from a computer-guided excimer laser to reshape the cornea and improve vision imperfections.
In “all-laser” LASIK, the femtosecond laser beams are used to cut the corneal flap instead of the handheld blade. This technology was approved by the FDA for use in LASIK surgery in 2001.
At Elmquist Eye Group, we consider the all-laser method to be the most technologically advanced and safest way of performing LASIK. In fact, all-laser LASIK is the only type of LASIK approved for U.S. Military sailors and pilots and NASA astronauts.
All-laser LASIK surgery may benefit patients with:
- Very steep or very flat corneas
- Thin corneas
- Large refractive errors
- Dry eyes or contact lens intolerance
- Anxiety about “the blade”
Before we can determine which procedure may be best for your unique eyes, we will perform an extensive screening process that includes personally examining and speaking to you about your goals and expectations. The factors are not the same for everyone, and you may be a good candidate for LASIK, PRK (similar to LASIK but without the flap), or a different vision correction procedure.
LASIK eye surgery performed by the skilled surgeons at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers provides safe, accurate and customized vision correction. Contact us at (239) 936-2020 to schedule a consultation and get started on the road to better vision.