LASIK Surgery in Florida
Are you thinking about having LASIK surgery and looking for the best surgeons in Florida? Consider the skilled doctors at Elmquist Eye Group, and take advantage of the safety and precision of all-laser LASIK.
The Elmquist Team
E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, is a board certified ophthalmologist and refractive surgeon, and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For the past four years, Dr. Elmquist has also been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors in Ophthalmology.
Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, is a board certified eye surgeon whose areas of expertise include LASIK, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery and in-office procedures. She is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery is a brief procedure (15 to 30 minutes) in which a laser is used to make changes to the corneal tissue. By correcting the steepness of the cornea, light can be focused differently in the eye and may reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts.
For example, nearsighted people have steep corneas that make it difficult to see things at a distance. LASIK surgery can reduce the curvature of the cornea to improve distance vision.
Farsighted people have corneas that are too flat, making it difficult to see things up close. LASIK can steepen the curvature of the cornea and sharpen your near vision.
If you have astigmatism, your cornea is irregularly curved, which causes your vision to be out of focus. LASIK can smooth the cornea and provide you with clear, crisp vision.
What is All-Laser LASIK?
In conventional LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a handheld surgical blade, called a microkeratome, to cut a thin flap into the corneal surface. The flap is then folded over, and energy pulses from a computer-guided excimer laser are applied to reshape the corneal tissue.
At Elmquist Eye Group, we prefer all-laser LASIK, also called “bladeless” LASIK. This state-of-the-art technique enables the surgeon to cut the corneal flap with the cool beams of a femtosecond laser instead of with a metal blade. Once the flap has been cut, the rest of the procedure is the same as the conventional method.
All-laser LASIK is the most technologically advanced and safest way of performing LASIK surgery. It’s also the only method that is approved for NASA astronauts and U.S. military pilots.
Is LASIK Safe?
Yes; LASIK has been proven safe and effective for vision correction. The procedure has been around for nearly 20 years, and more than 21 million patients in the U.S. have had it done. Over 99% of LASIK patients have no complications whatsoever and are delighted with the improvement in their vision.
Is There a Long Recovery Period?
No. Although your vision may be a bit blurry or hazy for one to two weeks, most people are pleased by the improvement in their vision just one day after surgery. You will typically visit your LASIK specialist the next day to ensure that your corneas are healing properly, and again for periodic checkups during the next six months. Most patients can drive and return to work within 24-48 hours.
If you are interested in LASIK surgery in Florida, call Elmquist Eye Group at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment and discuss your questions with our highly skilled team.