LASIK Eye Surgery in Temple, Georgetown, and Cedar Park, TX
Texas Vision and Dr. Branch are proud to offer LASIK eye surgery to patients in Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Temple. Call us today to schedule a consultation and see if LASIK is right for you.
LASIK is FDA-Approved for permanent vision correction and performed only by an experienced surgeon at Texas Vision.
Considering Lasik in Cedar Park? Get in touch with Dr. Branch and his team at Texas Vision to discuss your eye care options.
What is LASIK Eye Surgery?
Laser vision correction has been around for several years. LASIK (Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is one of two major types of Laser Vision Correction. The other is Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Both of these procedures are used to improve vision in people with refractive errors: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. Both of these procedures actually use the same laser to reshape the cornea in order to re-focus the eye. The difference in the procedures is in the technique used to prepare the cornea prior to using the laser for re-shaping. In LASIK a very thin flap of cornea is created using a laser and is folded back prior to changing the shape of the middle layer of the cornea with the laser, and in ASA (or PRK) the top layer of the cornea is actually gently removed prior to proceeding with the laser (the layer re-grows after the surgery under a bandage contact lens).
Who is a candidate for LASIK?
If you are over 18 years old, are near-sighted, far-sighted or have astigmatism, have a normal, healthy cornea, and have a stable vision you are most likely a good candidate for LASIK. People with certain medical conditions, expectant or nursing mothers, and people with cataracts are not good candidates. Our thorough screening exam will help determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
Who is a candidate for ASA?
Candidates for ASA are fairly similar to those that are candidates for LASIK. Most people older than 18 with refractive errors are good candidates for ASA. ASA differs from LASIK in that no flap is created, and this makes ASA a good procedure for those patients with thinner corneas. This procedure may also be preferred in patients with moderate dry eye or certain conditions that affect the surface of the eye. As with LASIK, people with certain medical conditions, expectant mothers, and people with cataracts are not good candidates.
What happens at my screening exam?
At this step, we’re seeing if you’ll be a good candidate for laser vision correction. On your initial visit, you will be screened for eye diseases, such as keratoconus and retinal problems. We will also perform a refraction to measure the refractive error of your eyes, and we will complete a corneal topography exam to “map” your corneas. Once you are cleared for the surgery, we will ask you to stay out of your contacts for a specific length of time prior to the procedure. This allows your corneas to “relax” back to their natural shape as contacts can distort your corneas over time. In order to get the most accurate measurements for your personalized treatment, we must get these measurements once you’ve been out of your contacts for at least a week for soft contacts and for those that have worn RGP, or rigid lenses, it may take a month up to several months until your cornea is stable enough to get good measurements.
The LASIK Procedure
After a drop of anesthetic in your eye, an instrument will be placed to help keep you from blinking. Next, the flap will be created using the Ziemer laser, which is the fastest and most precise laser in the country.
The flap will then be lifted. Next, a laser that has been pre-programmed with your custom treatment is used to reshape your cornea. You don’t have to worry about whether you move your eye as the laser has a very refined pupil tracking system that can follow any tiny movement you might make.
The flap is then gently placed back into position. A few drops are placed and you are all done! The entire procedure usually takes less than 10-15 minutes. You will wear protective glasses for the remainder of the day, and your vision starts to improve in hours!