LASIK in Naples, FL, Bonita Springs & Fort Myers
At All Saints Eye Center, we are committed to providing you with the safest and most innovative treatments to enjoy crisp and clear eyesight. Our team of qualified ophthalmologists are proven experts in laser vision correction, including LASIK surgery. By combining years of experience with the latest advances in laser eye surgery, All Saints Eye Center can help you restore your ability to see clearly without glasses or contacts, all while improving your quality of life. Schedule an appointment online or call the LASIK Coordinator at 239-592-5511.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a quick and virtually painless procedure, and the most popular laser eye surgery option for treating common refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Am I a Candidate for LASIK?
You may be a suitable candidate for LASIK if you meet the following requirements:
- You must have healthy eyes, and be at least 18 years old to undergo the procedure for nearsightedness. You must be 21 years of age or older for the farsightedness or astigmatism procedures.
- Your vision must be stable for at least 1 year before the laser procedure.
- You have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Have good eye health
- Are in good overall health
- You are not a good candidate if you have degenerative or autoimmune diseases, if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have a condition that deters or slows healing.
To determine candidacy, our team will meet with you and conduct a comprehensive eye exam to determine your vision stability, corneal thickness and eye health. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, we can recommend an alternative treatment option that addresses your vision needs.
Not a Candidate for LASIK?
If you're not a candidate for LASIK, there are other excellent laser vision correction alternatives such as Photorefractive Keraectomy, or PRK. The doctors at All Saints Eye Center recommend scheduling your LASIK Consultation to find out if you qualify for either vision correction surgery. Schedule your consultation now!
LASIK is a safe procedure that can be completed in our office in approximately 15 minutes. We do our utmost to make the procedure as painless and comfortable as possible. To begin, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the eyes. Once the eyes are numbed, a thin flap will be created to access the cornea. The flap is folded back and an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea. Once complete, the flap is closed back over the cornea so it can naturally heal. No sutures are needed.
Immediately after the procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home. There is minimal downtime with LASIK; most patients are able to return to work the following day. You can expect to begin seeing results in less than 24 hours. Our team will schedule a follow-up visit with you to monitor your vision.
As with any laser vision correction procedure, there are risks involved. Rare but possible side effects include infection, dry eye and glare. Complications are rare and occur in less than 1 percent of surgeries.
Benefits of LASIK
Thousands of our patients have enjoyed the benefits of LASIK surgery. With LASIK you can:
- Achieve quick and painless results
- Enjoy outdoor sports and activities (e.g., swimming, baseball, basketball) without pesky glasses
- Avoid the lifetime costs associated with prescription glasses and contact lenses
- Look and feel your best without glasses!
Preparing for LASIK Surgery
Prior to your surgery day, our team will provide you with detailed pre-op instructions. Here are basic guidelines you will need to follow:
- Read all materials we give you ahead of time. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
- Stop wearing soft contact lenses two weeks before surgery to allow your vision to stabilize. Rigid gas permeable (GP) contact lenses need to be removed three to four weeks prior to surgery.
- Arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from surgery, as well as to the surgery center the next day for your follow-up appointment.
- The night before surgery, remove all eye makeup (e.g., mascara, eyeliner, etc.), lotions and creams from the area around your eyes. Use artificial tears to flush out debris from your eyes.
- The morning of surgery, do not apply makeup or face lotions of any kind.
- Unless told otherwise by your surgeon, continue to take medications as normal.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Vision usually improves immediately after treatment for most patients, although it's normal that some patients may experience small visual changes during the first several months. Two or three days of rest is recommended before returning to work.
Is LASIK safe?
LASIK has an excellent safety record and success rate. However, no surgical procedure can guarantee a complication- or risk-free outcome. The likelihood of a complication occurring during LASIK drastically decreases when you work with a qualified LASIK surgeon. During your initial consultation with a potential surgeon, be sure to ask them about their qualifications, including years of experience, number of LASIK surgeries they have performed, advanced technology they use and their success rate. You should also ask them how they handle complications, in the rare case that one occurs.
Is LASIK treatment painful?
LASIK surgery itself is painless thanks to anesthetic drops used to numb the surface of the eyes prior to the procedure. Recovering from LASIK is also generally painless. You may feel some discomfort in the hours after surgery, such as a gritty sensation or mild irritation in the eye. This is temporary and can be easily managed with eye drops prescribed by your surgeon.
Can both eyes be treated in one LASIK procedure?
Yes, our LASIK surgeons can perform the procedure on both eyes the same day.
When can I drive after LASIK?
Most patients are able to drive the day after surgery. However, every patient is different. You must wait to drive until your surgeon clears you to do so.
How long do LASIK results last?
In most cases, results with LASIK are permanent. However, some patients require a follow-up procedure to enhance their LASIK results.
It is important to note that LASIK does not treat age-related eye conditions, such as presbyopia and cataracts. This means that blurry vision or other vision problems can still develop after LASIK.
How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of LASIK varies based on several factors, including the specific approach used, the degree of correction needed and the technology used. Our team can provide you with accurate pricing information after meeting with you for an in-person evaluation.
Is LASIK covered by medical insurance?
LASIK is considered to be an elective procedure and is typically not covered by medical insurance. All Saints Eye Center is proud to offer patients affordable financing to help patients pay for their procedure.
OPTIMIZING "YOUR PERSONAL BEST VISION" - CUSTOMVUE TECHNOLOGY
Using the measurements and correction technologies of the CustomVue procedure, All Saints Eye Center located in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers can develop an individualized laser vision correction plan that addresses your individual needs.
The VISX CustomVue procedure utilizes the WaveScan® measurement device to map the entire optical path of your eye. The resulting WavePrint® map produces a "fingerprint of your vision," providing your certified Fort Myers LASIK Surgeon with a precise and detailed guide for how to best improve your vision. "This enables us to correct your eyesight so that you get the best possible vision," says Dr, Zimm. "In many cases, patients see better than 20/20 following a CustomVue treatment"
INDIVIDUALIZED LASIK PLANS WITH THE VISX LASER TECHNOLOGY
Laser vision correction can now be tailored to the unique characteristics of your eyes thanks to advanced technology developed by VISX, Incorporated, the worldwide leader in laser vision correction, and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"Like a fingerprint, the vision of every eye is unique," says Fort Myers LASIK Surgeon, Jeffrey Zimm, M.D. "The VISX CustomVue procedure uses state-of-the-art technology to measure the unique characteristics of your eyes. Based on a sophisticated map of the eye, we can customize a unique correction that is tailor-made to your vision."
By specifically addressing the unique imperfections of your vision, the VISX CustomVue procedure can help you achieve your "personal best vision," without contact lenses or glasses. Results from a clinical study have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the CustomVue procedure, and demonstrated that it can potentially produce better vision than previously possible with contact lenses or glasses.
At the heart of the CustomVue procedure is the VISX WaveScan® can system. The WavesScan is 25 times more precise measuring visual imperfections than the technology commonly used to prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses.
"The WaveScan system produces a detailed map of the eye. The digital information is transferred to the STAR S4 Excimer Laser System," explains Dr. Zimm. "This provides a new level of precision and accuracy for optimizing each patient's vision based on their specific needs."
CUSTOMVUE: AN FDA-APPROVED PROCEDURE
The safety and effectiveness of the CustomVue procedure is underscored by the results of a clinical study conducted by VISX, Incorporated for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to results from the FDA study, at one year after the procedure, 100 percent of the people whose vision was corrected with the CustomVue procedure could pass driving test without glasses or contact lenses. Ninety-eight percent of the people treated with CustomVue had 20/20 or better vision at one year after the procedure, and 70 percent of those people could actually see better than 20/20 -without glasses or contact lenses.
Millions of people worldwide are already enjoying the benefits of Vision by VISX, including thousands of eye doctors and their staff members. And so can you. The Laser Vision Correction process is a lot easier than you may think.
Why wait any longer for clearer vision? Schedule a one-on-one consultation for LASIK in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, or Naples, FL with the All Saints Eye Center. Please contact one of our five South Florida locations to speak to a member of our team today.