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LASIK Eye Services in North & South Carolina

Blade-Free LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is safe and effective and is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in the country.

What is LASIK Vision Correction?

LASIK is a common vision correction procedure that helps those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism restore their vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

Laser vision correction procedures work by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear frontmost layer of the eye. When the cornea is properly shaped, light is able to focus correctly onto the retina, which is located in the back of the eye.

LASIK is just one of several surgical options available to reshape the cornea and can restore clear vision. Not all patients are candidates for LASIK. After a thorough examination, it may be determined that other vision correction options are appropriate for you, such as LASEK or PRK.

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What are the Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery?

  • Recent studies have shown that LASIK has a 99% success rate in achieving 20/40 vision or better, and a 90% success rate in achieving 20/20 vision or better.
  • Patients get fast results and begin experiencing better vision the same or the next day following the procedure.
  • LASIK is an outpatient procedure; you are able to return home the same day as your LASIK surgery.
  • Most patients have a reduction in dependence on glasses or contact lenses, and many patients no longer need vision aids at all following LASIK.

LASIK Surgery at Carolina Eye Associates

For 45 years, Carolina Eye Associates has been at the forefront of offering lens-free vision alternatives to our patients. While some centers just offer LASIK, Carolina Eye is a full-service vision correction center offering blade-free, all-laser LASIK with the Johnson & Johnson IFS Femtosecond Laser and the Alcon Wavelight EX500 Excimer Laser, an ultrafast system that may result in better vision, increase safety, and offers a high degree of precision. We also offer AK (astigmatic keratotomy) for astigmatism correction.

The Wavelight Suite

The Wavelight EX500 Excimer Laser is one of the fastest excimer laser systems available in the United States, treating one diopter of correction in approximately 1.4 seconds. An average treatment will take no more than 10-12 seconds – in some cases even less. The precision of this technology has made laser vision correction an even safer procedure.

The EX500 is engineered to consider the natural shape of the human eye, aiming to improve what nature originally designed. Taking into account the unique curvature and biomechanics of the eye, the treatment preserves the quality of vision and addresses the spherical distortions that can induce glare and may affect night vision. 

Innovations help reduce the risks of unwanted nighttime side effects such as glare. The Wavelight EX500 controls the energy level and placement of every laser pulse as it reaches the eye. The laser is equipped with a high-speed eye tracker that follows the eye during treatment. If the eye moves out of range, the procedure pauses until the eye returns to a treatment position.

Illustration of the LASIK Procedure

After years of clinical and technical research, the time has come to consider laser vision correction as an alternative to glasses and contact lenses. Millions of people around the world are already enjoying an improved quality of sight and quality of life. Not all patients are candidates for LASIK. Candidacy must be determined by a medical professional. Risks, side-effects, and realistic expectations will be discussed during your exam prior to LASIK.

For more information on All-Laser LASIK or to schedule a no-cost consultation call (910) 295-1501 or toll-free at (800) 733-9355.

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LASIK Financing Options

CareCredit Learn MoreAs a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer CareCredit, North America’s leading patient payment program. With CareCredit you can finance 100% of your procedure and there are no up-front costs, annual fees or prepayment penalties. You can begin your refractive, cosmetic or elective procedure today and conveniently pay with low, monthly payments.

Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

LASIK is an excellent laser vision correction option that can provide greater visual freedom. If you are considering LASIK surgery, schedule a consultation with one of the experienced LASIK surgeons at Carolina Eye Associates to learn more about this safe and effective vision correction option.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that uses a laser to correct common refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea, the clear front part of the eye.

This process will change the way light enters the eye and improves focus on the retina. LASIK is a relatively quick and easy procedure typically performed on an outpatient basis.

This means you get to go home the same day. LASIK is a popular option for people looking to improve their vision and reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts.

However, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, and it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your eye doctor before deciding whether it is right for you.

What Happens During LASIK?

The procedure typically begins with your LASIK surgeon using anesthetic drops to numb the eye, then installing a special device to keep the eyelids open. Next, a small flap is created on the cornea, and your LASIK surgeon folds back the flap to expose the underlying cornea.

After this, a laser removes some of the corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea to correct vision. The flap is then repositioned and allowed to bond with the underlying cornea, and no stitches are required as the flap naturally adheres to the cornea.

The entire process usually takes less than thirty minutes, and both eyes can be treated during the same visit. Most people experience improved vision within a day or two after the procedure.

It’s important that you follow all post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Who is a Candidate for LASIK?

To determine if you may be a suitable candidate for LASIK, your eye doctor at Carolina Eye Associates will consider several different factors. After discussing your vision goals and lifestyle, your eye doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of your eyes.

LASIK is typically recommended for those in their twenties. However, you must be at least eighteen years old.

It is also important that your vision has been stable for at least one year, meaning that you have not had any changes in your contact lenses or glasses prescription. Additionally, you should have a moderate to severe refractive error and healthy eyes with no inflammation or infection.

One of the most important qualifications you will have to meet is having corneas of adequate thickness. This is because your corneas must be thick enough to allow for the creation of a corneal flap during the surgery.

You also must be in good general health with no significant medical conditions that could affect healing after the surgery.

What Happens During LASIK Recovery?

Immediately after the LASIK procedure, you may experience some discomfort, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. However, these symptoms are usually temporary and will resolve in the coming days.

Your LASIK surgeon will provide eye drops to help prevent infection and reduce inflammation. It is important to avoid rubbing your eyes and strenuous activities during the first few days after the procedure to prevent any damage to the flap in the cornea.

Your eye doctor may instruct you to use eye drops for several weeks after the LASIK procedure to help with dryness and inflammation. Follow-up appointments with your LASIK are also essential to monitor progress and ensure your eyes heal correctly.

Why Choose Carolina Eye Associates?

Carolina Eye Associates is a trusted name in eye care and has over four decades of experience providing patients with the best possible medical and surgical care. Our LASIK surgeons are fellowship-trained, providing patients with the latest techniques and technologies for the best possible outcomes.

With this extensive experience and training, you can ensure you are in good hands for your refractive procedure at Carolina Eye Associates.

Are you interested in learning more about LASIK or determining if you may be a good candidate for the procedure? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Carolina Eye Associates at one of our fourteen centers across North and South Carolina, today!