LASIK Overview

Over the last 25 years, more than 25 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide, with a patient satisfaction rate of more than 98 percent. LASIK is:

  • a life-changing, transformational experience
  • a possibility for about 90 percent of people who wear glasses or contact lenses
  • virtually painless – you only feel slight pressure during the procedure
  • quick recovery – you are back to work and driving the very next day
  • safer than contacts – you are five times more likely to have an eye infection from contact lenses vs. LASIK
  • permanent – no more glasses or contacts
  • a money saver – the onetime cost of LASIK saves you thousands of dollars in the long run. The sooner you invest in LASIK, the sooner you stop the neverending expenses of glasses and contacts.

Discover Your Options

When ocular maturity is reached, typically between ages 18-21, eye prescriptions stabilize and LASIK becomes a permanent vision correction solution. LASIK reshapes the cornea – the front of the eye – to change its focusing power, resulting in clear vision. LASIK is a permanent solution that helps you see more naturally and frees you from the daily hassles of glasses and contact lenses. LASIK is the most common laser vision correction procedure, however, if you are not a good candidate for LASIK, we offer a full range of vision correction options, so you can achieve your vision goals.

Who Can Have LASIK?

Generally, we consider LASIK to be safe for good candidates who are 18 or older. In some circumstances, it may be performed on patients younger than 18. There is no age at which LASIK becomes unsafe, and it has even been performed on patients in their 90s. However, as people age and start to develop cataracts, we often advise them to consider Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) or laser cataract surgery instead of LASIK. Our doctors will discuss your best option based on your unique eyes when you come in for a complimentary consultation. LASIK can be performed on patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. A common myth is that LASIK cannot be performed on patients with astigmatism. Although this was somewhat true when LASIK was first introduced, modern laser systems can now correct astigmatism. At Kugler Vision, Lance Kugler, MD, and Mike Stuntz, MD, take astigmatism treatment a step further. They perform advanced astigmatism analysis using vector analysis. Taking this extra step increases the success of astigmatism treatment and enhances the quality of vision for your lifetime. LASIK is just one of the vision correction procedures we offer at Kugler Vision. The best way to know if you are able to free yourself from glasses and contacts is to come in for a complimentary consultation. You will have a full ocular analysis, meet with Lance Kugler, MD, or Mike Stuntz, MD, and they will recommend the best solution for your unique eyes after examining the data.

The LASIK Procedure

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The video goes over what happens during the LASIK procedure, step by step. The procedure takes less than six minutes, and the laser is only on your eye for just a few seconds. If you have the urge to sneeze and cough, don’t worry. Nothing you can do will “mess up” your LASIK procedure. The laser has an eye-tracking device and will move with your eye. If your movement is too dramatic, the laser will just shut off. The procedure is safe, and is done with the latest state-of-the-art technology.