The surgical correction of vision is a rapidly-evolving science that has led to amazing advances in technology over the past 20 years, like LASIK surgery. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, which is an FDA-approved treatment for vision impairments, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This procedure involves creating a thin flap in the cornea. This flap is then reflected back, and the laser is used to reshape the center portion of the cornea for ocular improvement. At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center, our ocular surgeons, Dr. Allison Young, Dr. Kristin Held, and Dr. Teresa Whitney, utilize the VISX® Star S4® ActiveTrak™ Excimer Laser system and IntraLase™ for traditional LASIK surgery. In addition, we offer custom LASIK with CustomVue™ wavefront technology to match the unique "fingerprints" of your eyes. Contact our office in San Antonio, TX to schedule a consult today.
"Dr. Young and Staff are fantastic. I recently underwent bilateral LASIK without complication and with the utmost care. I felt completely at ease with Dr. Young. She has the combination of skill and stellar bedside manner, I could not ask for more!!"- J... / Google / Apr 16, 2019
"At my initial visit in 2012, Dr Young came in and greeted me with a huge smile and bubbly personality. She told me I was perfect for LASIK since my contacts weren't doing so well with me. It took two years to get the guts to do it, but it was worth it! Dr Young and her staff were so helpful, knowledgeable and took the time to answer all my questions and concerns. Dr Young treated me with compassion as she walked me through the LASIK procedure. Her after care was even better! She was always available to answer my crazy questions at the appointments after the LASIK procedures I am so thankful for a great doctor like Dr Young!"- J. / ZocDoc / Nov 16, 2018
The best candidates for LASIK surgery are patients who have visual impairments, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients must be over the age of 18 and have had no changes in their vision for the past year. Our surgeons will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if LASIK is right for you and if you have sufficient corneal thickness as this procedure removes a very small amount of epithelial tissue from the cornea.
What to expect
LASIK surgery corrects vision by creating a flap in your cornea. The tissue is then pulled back and advanced laser technology is used to sculpt the cornea to the appropriate contour. Once this is complete, the flap is repositioned and you will be free to return home. There won't be any need for an eye patch as the flap will heal on its own, but we do advise that you avoid rubbing your eyes and wearing eye makeup for at least a few days.
Shortly after you arrive at our San Antonio office, you will be given a mild sedative to help you relax during the surgery. Your eyes will be measured for final calculations prior to the procedure. Once you are in the laser suite, you will lie down on a bed that is positioned under the laser system. During the initial part of the procedure, you will likely feel pressure in the eye as the corneal flap is created. Once the flap is made, the pressure will be released. For the remainder of the procedure, you will be asked to look at a bright light above you. The laser will track your eye movements, but it is crucial to continue looking directly at the light. Once your surgery is completed, you are free to go home. You will likely feel some scratchiness and irritation for the first several hours so we encourage you to go home and take a nice, long nap.
Since a mild sedative is used for surgery, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home. Your vision will also be a little blurry, which is why you should not operative any heavy machinery, like driving a car. You will also need to close and rest your eyes for several hours after your procedure, which is why we suggest you take a long nap when you get home. You may experience the feeling like there is something is in your eye, but it's crucial to avoid rubbing your eyes for optimal healing and results. You should refrain from rubbing your eyes and wearing makeup for at least 1 – 2 weeks. You may also experience blurry vision, halos, and glare or fuzziness during your healing phase, but these usually improve within 4 – 6 months. We will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress closely to ensure optimal recovery.
Enhance Your Vision
If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts and are looking for a blade-free solution that offers effective results, LASIK surgery may be right for you. Reach out to Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX today to schedule a private LASIK consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists. We will also offer other treatment options for those who do not qualify for LASIK surgery.