LASIK and Refractive Eye Surgery

You’ll Love the Way You See!

The LASIK surgeons at Regional Eye Associates realize each client needs individual care.

 Our experienced eye physicians are experts in LASIK surgery and vision correction procedures that restore and correct your sight. In addition, our physicians create an individual treatment plan for each patient to ensure each person receives the best vision correction available. 

How do I know if LASIK is right for me? 

Before scheduling LASIK eye surgery, you must have a LASIK consultation with your ophthalmologist. The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for LASIK is to have a consultation. This will involve a complete eye examination, as well as taking your medical history. Then, an experienced physician from Regional Eye Associates will explain how the procedure works and discuss what you can expect during and after having LASIK, if you qualify for it.

LASIK is the most popular elective medical procedure to correct refractive errors. Refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  LASIK works by reshaping the cornea, which is the round dome at the front of the eye. LASIK helps light entering the eye focus correctly onto the retina, creating better vision for each person. 

One reason that LASIK surgery is so popular is that most patients end up with 20/20 vision or better after having it. This means finally achieving visual freedom and no longer needing to wear glasses or contact lenses. A LASIK patient can save thousands of dollars throughout their lifetime by no longer needing to buy glasses or contact lenses.

The only way to know for sure if you qualify for LASIK is to schedule a LASIK consultation. Some common factors to considered include:

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to undergo LASIK, but most LASIK surgeons recommend waiting until your mid to late twenties to ensure your prescription is stable enough.

Health: Though you don’t need to be in perfect health, you must be in good health if you want to have LASIK. If you have any autoimmune conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis, these will make it less likely that you’re a LASIK candidate.

Corneal shape and thickness: A vital part of the LASIK procedure involves reshaping the cornea. To reshape the corneas safely, they must be thick enough. If your corneas are too thin, you cannot undergo LASIK.

Eye health: Just like it’s essential to be in good health before having LASIK, you also need healthy eyes. You cannot have any conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, or dry eye syndrome. If you have dry eyes, they need to be under control before you can have LASIK.

Unchanged prescription: Depending on the LASIK surgeon, your eyes need to remain unchanged for 1-2 years before you can have LASIK. LASIK can only treat prescriptions up to a certain point. If your prescription is especially strong, LASIK may not be the correct procedure for you.

These are only some of the factors that go into LASIK candidacy. To find out if you qualify for LASIK, you must schedule a LASIK consultation with an eye doctor at Regional Eye Associates.

Before having LASIK, you will receive numbing drops for your eyes. These drops ensure that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.  


Using our state-of-the-art excimer laser system, your LASIK surgeon will create a flap in the cornea to reshape your corneal tissue. Then, to correct nearsightedness, your surgeon will flatten the cornea. To correct farsightedness, they will make the cornea steeper.  If you have astigmatism, the surgeon uses the laser to smooth an irregular cornea into a rounder shape. 

LASIK is an outpatient procedure that only takes about 15 minutes to complete. After your surgeon finishes reshaping the cornea, they will reposition the flap, which heals naturally in place without needing any stitches.

For most people, the vision will begin to improve immediately. You may experience dry eyes and irritation once the numbing drops wear off. By the following morning, most discomfort is gone and the vision is greatly improved. The vision will continue to change and improve over the days and weeks following your surgery.

Because patients receive sedating medication, they cannot drive themselves home. You may experience dry eyes and slight irritation as the numbing drops wear off.  It’s recommended to have a friend or family member that can ensure you get home safely. 

You may experience dry eyes and slight irritation as the numbing drops wear off. You’ll need to attend a follow-up appointment the day after having LASIK to ensure your eyes have started healing and there are no complications.

You’ll need to attend a follow-up appointment the day after having LASIK to ensure your eyes have started healing and there are no complications.

  • Putting your head underwater to go swimming, including in pools, saunas, and other bodies of water like lakes or rivers
  • Wearing any makeup near your eyes can introduce bacteria or cause an infection while your eyes continue healing
  • Strenuous exercise or any contact sports that could result in a face or eye injury
  • Getting any particles in your eyes like pollen, dust, smoke, or other harmful contaminants

You may receive an eye shield. If your eye doctor gives you one, make sure to wear it as directed to protect your eyes. You’ll also be given eye drops, which help reduce inflammation and prevent infection. 

It’s necessary to use these exactly as prescribed. If you notice halos, glare, or have dry eyes, these are all temporary side effects. They will go away over time. Most LASIK patients find that they can go back to work the day after the procedure. 

It can take up to a year before you’ve fully healed after having LASIK, but most people find that their eyes are already in great shape after a month. By this point, they already have better vision than ever before!

Take Our LASIK Self-Test

At Regional Eye Associates, we have many vision correction options available. Even if you have been told in the past you are not a candidate for LASIK laser vision correction, you may now be a candidate for LASIK, or another advanced vision Correction options! We encourage you to take our self-evaluation test to get started!

Alternatives to LASIK Surgery

Although LASIK is a popular procedure, it is not the only method for correcting vision. If you’re not a LASIK candidate, you may qualify for another refractive procedure like PRK.

Another option for correcting vision and eliminating the need for glasses is called PRK. PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy and can be used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

PRK Chart

This procedure may be a good option for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK, especially those with thin corneas. Your surgeon numbs your eyes using drops and uses an eyelid holder to keep your eyes open during the procedure.  During PRK, the outer layer of the cornea (called the epithelium) is removed. 

After removing the epithelium, an excimer laser reshapes the cornea. PRK is an outpatient procedure that takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Patients who don’t qualify for LASIK may also want to consider the Visian ICL, which stands for Implantable Collamer Lens. The Visian ICL is a removable lens implant made of a biocompatible collamer material, which works in harmony with the natural chemistry of your eyes. 

Unlike PRK and LASIK, the Visian ICL is not a permanent way to correct your vision. However, if your prescription changes or you decide you no longer want it, your eye doctor can remove the Visian ICL. 

The procedure usually takes about half an hour to complete, with many patients reporting improved vision almost immediately.

Are you interested in learning more about LASIK?

Schedule a LASIK consultation at Regional Eye Associates and determine if visual freedom could be in your future!

LASIK and Refractive Eye Surgery Doctors

Dr. Allison Bardes
Allison Bardes, MD
Edgar Gamponia, MD
Edgar Gamponia, MD
Dr. Heath L. Lemley
Heath L. Lemley, MD
Dr. Mark D. Mayle
Mark D. Mayle, MD


*As with any surgical procedure there are risks along with benefits. It is important to discuss your surgical procedure with your surgeon to fully understand the risks and benefits.

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