Lasik & Phakic Iol

Refractive eye surgery (LASIK), utilizing an excimer laser, has become one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the world.

Our patients represent all careers and lifestyles - health care workers, teachers, engineers, retirees, athletes, students - and all have found their lives made easier without dependence on contact lenses or glasses. LASIK is not for everyone: please select from the list below to learn more.

Are You a Candidate for Refractive Surgery?

Most people with healthy eyes, normal corneas and mild to moderate vision correction can be helped by LASIK surgery.

People who fall within the following guidelines make the best candidates for LASIK surgery:

  • Mild to moderate nearsightedness (-1.00 to -12.00 diopters),
  • Farsightedness (+1.50 to +4.00 diopters), and
  • Astigmatism

Because of new advances in eye surgery, if you do not meet the above parameters for LASIK, there are often other alternatives to consider for improving your vision.

The Washington University advantage assures that your full examination and procedure is performed by a fellowship-trained corneal specialist specifically trained in diseases of the cornea and that you are presented with the most current options in technologically advanced eye surgery.

Frequently asked questions about laser procedures

Is laser eye surgery safe?
The FDA has determined that laser eye surgery (e.g., LASIK) is a safe and effective means of treating myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, provided you are a good candidate. The success rate for LASIK averages above 95% for most experienced ophthalmologists.

How accurate is LASIK?
Based on clinical data from the FDA, LASIK is very accurate. Generally, success in refractive surgery means achieving uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better. Your outcome will depend upon many factors. Ask your doctor if LASIK is right for you.

Does the procedure hurt?
Laser eye surgery is a virtually pain-free procedure because drops are used to numb the cornea and eye before the surgery begins. The amount of discomfort patients experience after the anesthetic wears off varies with each individual, but with LASIK surgery, most irritation usually disappears within a few hours; however, you may be sensitive to light for a few days.

Can I wear my contact lenses before the procedure?
Contact lenses directly affect the shape and hydration of your cornea. Therefore, it is necessary to remove contact lenses prior to both the initial eye exam and your surgery.

For more information on refractive surgery in the St. Louis area through Washington University Physicians or to make an appointment, please call 314-996-3300

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