Dr. Black's Eye Associates of Southern Indiana
302 West 14th Street, Suite 100A
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-0660
Monday—Friday | 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
LASIK Vision Correction
Our Jeffersonville, IN, LASIK Center offers advanced laser technology for LASIK patients who come from Louisville and throughout the region. Our LASIK surgeons use a revolutionary femtosecond laser that provides the speed and precision essential for quality vision correction surgery.
Choosing an eye surgeon experienced in LASIK surgery is the first step to getting excellent results. The LASIK specialists at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates have performed thousands of LASIK procedures and our practice is known for excellent results and superior care.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK is a laser surgery that improves vision for those who are nearsighted or farsighted. Approved by the FDA in 1998, LASIK can also treat astigmatism. The outpatient laser procedure corrects vision by changing the shape of the cornea and affecting the way the eye focuses light rays on the retina. Many people who have LASIK treatment can stop wearing glasses or contact lenses altogether after the procedure, but they may need reading glasses as they get into their 40s and 50s.
Good Candidates for LASIK
Our eye surgeons conduct thorough exams to ensure a patient’s eyes are healthy enough to undergo the LASIK procedure. In addition to evaluating the patient’s vision and the physical shape and thickness of their corneas, the surgeons assess the eye’s lubrication to determine whether a patient may be at risk for developing dry eyes after having LASIK.
Age is also a factor when determining who is likely to benefit from LASIK. The optimal age window for LASIK patients is between the mid-20s and mid-50s. A person’s eyes continue developing through their early 20s, which means vision correction prescriptions may not be stable. Most people start to develop presbyopia (farsightedness) at about 40. It’s after 55, though, that other conditions–including cataracts–start occurring. Farsighted patients (having difficulty reading) may have LASIK for distance vision and then wear glasses for close-up needs.
What if I’m Not a Candidate for LASIK?
More patients than ever are candidates for LASIK thanks to today’s advanced technology. However, even if you are not a good candidate for LASIK, there is likely another vision correction procedure that will work for you. Our surgeons will go over all of your options at your consultation.
How Much Does LASIK Cost?
The cost of LASIK treatment depends on your individual needs and treatment path. After your eye surgeon assesses your condition and determines the best course of action, we can provide an estimate.
Advances in laser vision correction since the first LASIK procedure was performed in 1991 have made the technique safer and more effective than ever before. The laser used by our eye surgeons is the fastest technology available for LASIK, an important distinction because speed is critical to producing consistently excellent results.
The bladeless LASIK procedure performed by our surgeons uses the WaveLight® EX500 laser system, which enables them to map the unique characteristics of your eye. This allows true customization of your LASIK procedure because it’s based not only on your current prescription but on the precise topography of your eye as calculated by the computer-guided technology.
The WaveLight laser provides:
- Smooth, precise treatments
- A track record of safety
- Multiple treatment options
- Unmatched accuracy
Our surgeons have performed thousands of LASIK procedures using the all-laser system at our Vision Surgery Center.
What To Expect
Patients getting LASIK surgery need to stop wearing contact lenses during the 2 weeks before the procedure. On the day of surgery, have someone drive you to our surgery center and wear comfortable clothes. Before the procedure, your surgeon numbs your eye with drops to help minimize discomfort during the surgery. Some patients decide to take medication to help them relax.
We position your eye under the laser and ensure that your head and eyes remain stable. The computer-guided laser precisely reshapes your cornea based on the measurements captured during your pre-operative appointment. You may feel some pressure on your eye during the treatment but no pain. The procedure takes only about 5 minutes for each eye, but you should plan on spending 2 to 3 hours at our office.
After the procedure, we have you relax in a recliner for about 45 minutes, during which time you may feel a bit of an itching or burning sensation. After your surgeon examines your eyes one more time, you may return home. You cannot drive until after a follow-up exam the next day. Expect your vision to be a bit blurry or hazy immediately after the surgery. It should clear up by the following morning.
Many patients notice their vision is significantly improved the day after LASIK surgery. By the second or third day after the procedure, you may already have 20/20 vision (or better). Even though some patients return to work the day after their surgeries, we recommend taking a day or 2 off. Avoid strenuous exercise for about a week, to ensure the healing process occurs without complications.
At Dr. Black’s Eye Associates, we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain the best vision possible. We stand behind our patients’ vision results with a lifetime LASIK guarantee. While laser vision correction is a long-term vision correction solution, some patients require a re-treatment after their initial procedure. If an enhancement is needed to maintain the results of LASIK vision surgery, qualified patients will receive the treatment without charge at our LASIK Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is LASIK safe?
LASIK surgery is generally considered safe for appropriate candidates and was approved by the FDA in 1996. Over 700,000 people in the U.S. choose to have the procedure each year. Like most surgeries, LASIK surgery includes some risks such as inflammation and infection, although severe complications are rare.
Is LASIK painful?
Your doctor will take great care to ensure you are comfortable, putting numbing drops into your eyes before the surgery. You may feel some pressure on your eye during the procedure and some burning or itching after the surgery. This post-procedure discomfort usually resolves within a day or two.
How many years does LASIK last?
LASIK permanently corrects the eyesight you had at the time of your procedure. However, you can develop other vision and eye conditions such as presbyopia that affect your vision.
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
LASIK is considered an elective cosmetic treatment, so it is not usually covered by insurance.
Who’s not suitable for LASIK?
You may not be a good candidate for LASIK if you have dry eye syndrome, thin corneas, keratoconus, large pupils, or a high degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. If your vision has not been stable for at least a year or if you have health conditions such as autoimmune disease, you may not be suitable for the procedure.
Is it normal to have blurry vision following the procedure?
Blurry or hazy vision is common in the first few days after LASIK. These side effects should fade as your eyes heal.
If you want to join the thousands of men and women who have freed themselves from relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses through LASIK surgery at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates, request a complimentary consultation with one of our eye surgeons. Or call our office at (812) 284-0660 to schedule your consultation.