LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure
The all-laser LASIK eye surgery procedure at Elmquist Eye Group takes only a few minutes for each eye. If you are at least 18 years old, have stable vision, have had no previous eye surgery, and do not have an eye disease (such as glaucoma or cataracts), you may be a good candidate.
Since 1992, residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and elsewhere in Southwest Florida have come to Elmquist Eye Group for the highest quality eye care for conditions that may affect everyone from children to seniors.
Expertise of the Elmquist Team
Dr. Elmquist is an experienced eye surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors in ophthalmology by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which recognizes him among the top 1% of ophthalmologists in the nation.
Dr. Eccles-Brown is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Her areas of expertise include LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery, and other in-office procedures.
Kate Wagner, OD, Dr. Elmquist’s partner, and Nina Burt, OD, our highly skilled optometrists, are very experienced in conducting thorough dilated eye exams to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery and in the management of post-operative care. We aim to provide you with the personal attention, care and comfort you deserve.
About the LASIK Procedure
LASIK surgery can improve the focusing power of your eye by reshaping your cornea. This will change the way light rays enter your eye and improve the ability of your eyes to focus.
LASIK is virtually painless. The surgeon will numb your eyes with anesthetic eye drops for the procedure, and you will not feel any discomfort.
First, a corneal flap must be created so that the surgeon can access the inner corneal tissue of your eye. This can be done with a handheld instrument, called a microkeratome, which contains a metal blade, or with a femtosecond laser beam in what we call “all-laser” LASIK.
The flap is gently lifted, and excimer laser beams are used to reshape the cornea according to the unique requirements of your eyes. A computer controls the amount of laser energy that is delivered to your eye.
The flap is then laid back into its normal position. The surgeon smoothes it out to remove any bubbles or wrinkles under the flap, and it quickly heals in place without any need for sutures.
After surgery, any minor irritation you may feel can be alleviated with artificial tears and a good night’s sleep. You will not be able to drive right after your surgery, so plan to bring a friend or family member along to drive you home.
Your doctor will schedule your first post-op appointment on the day after your LASIK surgery to check your vision and ensure that your corneas are healing properly. In most cases, you will then be able to drive and resume your normal daily activities.
The staff at Elmquist Eye Group will monitor the success of your LASIK eye surgery procedure over the next 12 months to ensure that you achieve your optimal vision correction result. Call us at (239) 936-2020 to find out how we can help improve your vision.