LASIK Fort Myers Vision Correction
Improve the ability of your eyes to focus with all-laser LASIK vision correction at Elmquist Eye Group in Fort Myers. This surgical procedure has delivered excellent outcomes for millions of people around the world.
Using state-of-the-art technology, E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, and his highly skilled associates, including Kate Wagner, OD, partner, Nina Burt, OD, and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, provide a full spectrum of eye care services in a comfortable and caring setting.
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Dr. Elmquist is an experienced eye surgeon who 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. 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. Dr. Eccles-Brown is an experienced eye surgeon whose areas of expertise include LASIK, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures.
Deciding Between Traditional LASIK and All-Laser LASIK
All LASIK procedures are not the same, but what does “all-laser” LASIK mean? Is it better than traditional LASIK surgery?
Whether you decide on conventional LASIK surgery or all-laser LASIK, your surgeon will reshape the corneal tissue using a computer-guided Excimer laser. The difference between the two procedures is in what is used to cut the thin corneal flap that gives the surgeon access to the tissue.
The flap can be cut into the surface of the cornea by means of a handheld metal surgical blade called a microkeratome. This is the conventional LASIK method, and it has a long track record of safety and success.
In the second method, called all-laser or bladeless LASIK, the corneal flap is cut with the cool beams of a Femtosecond laser. This more technologically advanced technique was approved by the FDA in 2001 and is the only type of LASIK approved for NASA astronauts and U.S. military pilots.
Whether LASIK surgery is done with the microkeratome or with the Femtosecond laser, it is one of the safest procedures for improving vision imperfections when performed by a well-trained, experienced surgeon.
However, every eye is unique, and corneas are as distinctive as fingerprints or DNA. One LASIK procedure may be more advantageous than the other based on your eyes.
For example, all-laser LASIK surgery may have advantages for patients with:
- Very steep corneas
- Very flat corneas
- Very thin corneas
- Large refractive errors
- Larger degree of myopia (nearsightedness)
- Dry eyes
- Contact lens intolerance
- Concerns about “the blade”
It’s important to keep in mind that not every person is a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. The doctors at Elmquist Eye Group will help you decide which option may be best for you during your screening and evaluation.
If you are in Fort Myers, or elsewhere in Lee County, and have questions about LASIK vision correction, call Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment. We are qualified to provide you with the highest level of care.