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LASIK Laser Vision Correction

Using Technology to Change the Way We See


Our surgeons began performing Laser Vision Correction in November, 1999, and to date has restored functional vision to thousands of patients! Drs. Edgar Gamponia, Mark Mayle, and Heath Lemley perform vision correction procedures in north central West Virginia's only certified Eye Surgical Center, using the latest refractive surgery technology, the VISX STAR S4 Excimer Laser System.

Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK

To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, call today to schedule a complete evaluation by one of our experienced refractive surgeons.  CALL 1-877-325-2745 to request a consultation.

If you are considering LASIK, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
  • Not be pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Have healthy eyes that are free from eye disease or corneal abnormality (scar, infection, etc...).
  • Have nearsightedness (myopia) up to -14.0 diopters with no more than 5.0 diopters of astigmatism.
  • Have farsightedness (hyperopia) between +1.0 and +6.0 diopters with no more than 1.0 diopter of refractive astigmatism.
  • Have documented evidence that your refraction did not change by more than 0.50 diopters during the year before your pre-operative examination.
  • Be able to lie flat without difficulty.
  • Be able to tolerate local or topical anesthesia.
  • Be able to keep your eye accurately on the fixation light for the entire LASIK procedure.
  • Be willing to sign an informed consent form as provided by your eye care professional.

If you are interested in having LASIK you will need to have a pre-surgical examination to determine if both you and your eyes are healthy and suitable for LASIK. This will include a complete physical and eye history, and thorough examination of both eyes. In addition, computerized mapping of your cornea will be done to determine if it is smooth and properly shaped.

Definition of Terms Used

Astigmatism: The cornea and lens focus light rays at multiple points at differing distances from the retina. The multiple focal points result in blurred distance and/or near vision.

Cornea: The clear front surface of the eye. Surgery such as LASIK reshapes or flattens this surface to correct vision.

Diopter: A unit used to measure the amount of myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism of any eye.

Farsightedness: The cornea and lens focus light rays from near objects beyond the retina, causing images of near objects to appear blurry. Hyperopia is another term or farsightedness.

LASIK: A type of surgery used to correct vision by raising a flap of cornea using a microkeratome (an automated instrument), then reshaping the cornea underneath using an excimer laser, and then replacing the flap on the corneal bed.

Lens: A structure inside the eye that helps to focus light onto the back of the eye.

Nearsightedness: The cornea and lens focus light rays from distant objects in front of the retina, causing images of distant objects to appear blurry. Myopia is another term for nearsightedness.


*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.