Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a laser procedure that reshapes the surface of the cornea in order to reduce the dependence on glasses or contacts. It is helpful for patients who have low, moderate or even high levels of myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, and hyperopia (farsightedness).
Patients should know that LASIK is the most performed surgical procedure in the United States. Our surgeons have performed thousands of LASIK procedures and were the very first in East Texas to perform LASIK. We recently received the award, "Best Place to have LASIK in East Texas" by the readers of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
One of our patients recently said, "I know you've heard all the success stories behind Heaton Eye Associates, but I wanted to thank you for your input in my case. I'm thrilled with the results...I never anticipated the difference it would make. I can see oncoming headlights of cars. I can tell the difference between a motorcycle and a Buick based on the number of headlights I see! I'd forgotten what the color white looked like. It's as if the world's been re-painted and all the windows cleaned! ‘Thanks,’ is such an insignificant thing to say for such a blessing. Not only was my eye care handled so professionally by all I met, but the personal care and compassion shown by the whole organization is nothing short of remarkable. Thanks again for being part of this life-changing event for me!"
Nikki Kindle |LASIKPatient
"It was my birthday present to myself. It was the best, the absolute best birthday present I've ever gotten."
There’s a myth wrapped around Astigmatism and the ability to have LASIK. At Heaton Eye Associates, we’re busting that myth. In fact, astigmatism is just as easy to correct as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
At Heaton Eye Associates, we use only the safest and most precise All-Laser LASIK technology. LASIK is performed in a two-step process as explained below and usually takes less than a few minutes to perform.
Take Your Vision Beyond Glasses and Contacts!
Replacing the blade commonly used in "Step One" with the femtosecond Ziemer laser, has made LASIK eye surgery safer than ever before. The first part of the LASIK procedure is to create the small protective flap using the Ziemer laser.
While your LASIK flap is being created, you will only feel mild pressure for about a minute per eye. The Ziemer laser is able to deliver much higher accuracy than previously available with a blade. This allows for a more consistent LASIK flap thickness which is a critical factor for a safe, successful LASIK outcome.
In keeping with our ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront of vision correction, Heaton Eye Associates offers the most technologically advanced LASIK technology, including the Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q excimer laser system. Once the flap is created, in less than 60 seconds, ultraviolet light and high-energy pulses from the Allegretto laser reshapes the surface of the cornea with tremendous accuracy. Depending on the severity of your prescription, reshaping can take from 5 to 45 seconds. During the procedure, you may feel a little pressure, but most patients experience no pain.
Once the laser treatment is complete, the surgeon lays the LASIK flap back into position. Within a few minutes, the corneal flap is secure enough to allow you to blink without disturbing it. At this time, most patients notice a slight haze or fog to their vision. However, most are excited to be able to see objects more clearly than when they first walked into the procedure room.
Because of the cornea’s extraordinary natural bonding qualities, healing is rapid and does not require stitches. The entire procedure takes less than 20 minutes!
Many of our patients see 20/20 or better the very next day following surgery!