Lasik

Wearing glasses or contacts can be a major hassle, making day-to-day life even more complicated. Fortunately, when you choose to undergo LASIK at our El Paso practice, we can reduce or even eliminate your need for corrective eyewear. Our doctors have been performing LASIK for more than 15 years, and use the most advanced technology to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Using highly precise femtosecond lasers, we are proud to offer an entirely blade-free procedure, providing our patients with safer treatments and shorter recovery times. To learn more about LASIK and to find out if it is right for you, schedule your appointment at El Paso Eye Surgeons today.

About LASIK

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Advanced Laser Technology

El Paso Eye Surgeons is proud to offer blade-free iLASIK, an all laser LASIK procedure. Compared with LASIK using traditional surgical instruments, blade-free iLASIK with advanced high-speed femtosecond lasers can help minimize risks associated with creating the flap. Your doctor will calibrate the laser to the exact dimensions of your eye for an extremely precise treatment. Thanks to iLASIK, you can also experience reduced discomfort and an expedited recovery. Add iDesign Info

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Candidates for LASIK

Before any laser vision correction, Dr. Gulbas or Dr. Gallardo will conduct a complimentary evaluation to determine the cost of treatment and ensure that LASIK is suitable for you. You may be a good candidate for LASIK if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have stable vision
  • Are in good health and do not suffer from conditions such as autoimmune disease or uncontrolled diabetes
  • Have good ocular health and do not suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, or other serious eye conditions
  • Are not nursing or pregnant

The LASIK Procedure

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, improves vision by correcting the way the cornea refracts light entering the eye. When light is not properly focused on the retina, vision becomes distorted. To enhance your vision during surgery, Dr. Gulbas or Dr. Gallardo will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of your cornea (the epithelium) to access the inner layer (stroma). Your doctor will then use an excimer laser to vaporize tiny portions of the cornea, refining its curvature. After reshaping your cornea, your doctor will lay the flap back into place, where it will act as a natural bandage.

LASIK is the most frequently performed eye surgery for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. El Paso Eye Surgeons offers blade-free iLASIK, an all-laser procedure. Using a laser instead of a blade minimizes the risk of infection and other complications.

During iLASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of the cornea to access the stroma, or inner layer. Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the stroma, improving the way light focuses on the retina. Finally, the flap is closed. It heals without sutures and acts as a natural bandage for the treatment site following surgery.

LASIK has very high success rates, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better after surgery with little to no side effects. Many patients are very satisfied with their results, and and notice an immediate enhancement following surgery, which continues to improve over the next two to three months.

LASIK surgery can change your life, especially if you have spent years dealing with glasses or contacts. While LASIK does not eliminate the need for glasses or contacts in every case, all LASIK patients can expect dramatically reduced dependence on corrective eyewear. After surgery, the majority of patients with mild to moderate refractive errors can expect at least 20/40 vision. Many patients achieve perfect vision that lasts for years. However, LASIK does not prevent the natural aging process. Over time, some patients may develop presbyopia, a decrease in the ability to focus on close objects.

With advanced technology, the results of LASIK eye surgery are now more predictable than ever. Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo at El Paso Eye Surgeons will thoroughly explain the LASIK results you can expect following treatment at their El Paso, TX, practice, including improved vision and minimized side effects. To find out more about LASIK, or to schedule your consultation, contact us today.

The LASIK Procedure

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, improves vision by correcting the way the cornea refracts light entering the eye. When light is not properly focused on the retina, vision becomes distorted. To enhance your vision during surgery, Dr. Gulbas or Dr. Gallardo will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of your cornea (the epithelium) to access the inner layer (stroma). Your doctor will then use an excimer laser to vaporize tiny portions of the cornea, refining its curvature. After reshaping your cornea, your doctor will lay the flap back into place, where it will act as a natural bandage.

LASIK is the most frequently performed eye surgery for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. El Paso Eye Surgeons offers blade-free iLASIK, an all-laser procedure. Using a laser instead of a blade minimizes the risk of infection and other complications.

During iLASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of the cornea to access the stroma, or inner layer. Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the stroma, improving the way light focuses on the retina. Finally, the flap is closed. It heals without sutures and acts as a natural bandage for the treatment site following surgery.

LASIK has very high success rates, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better after surgery with little to no side effects. Many patients are very satisfied with their results, and and notice an immediate enhancement following surgery, which continues to improve over the next two to three months.

LASIK surgery can change your life, especially if you have spent years dealing with glasses or contacts. While LASIK does not eliminate the need for glasses or contacts in every case, all LASIK patients can expect dramatically reduced dependence on corrective eyewear. After surgery, the majority of patients with mild to moderate refractive errors can expect at least 20/40 vision. Many patients achieve perfect vision that lasts for years. However, LASIK does not prevent the natural aging process. Over time, some patients may develop presbyopia, a decrease in the ability to focus on close objects.

With advanced technology, the results of LASIK eye surgery are now more predictable than ever. Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo at El Paso Eye Surgeons will thoroughly explain the LASIK results you can expect following treatment at their El Paso, TX, practice, including improved vision and minimized side effects. To find out more about LASIK, or to schedule your consultation, contact us today.

The LASIK Procedure

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, improves vision by correcting the way the cornea refracts light entering the eye. When light is not properly focused on the retina, vision becomes distorted. To enhance your vision during surgery, Dr. Gulbas or Dr. Gallardo will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of your cornea (the epithelium) to access the inner layer (stroma). Your doctor will then use an excimer laser to vaporize tiny portions of the cornea, refining its curvature. After reshaping your cornea, your doctor will lay the flap back into place, where it will act as a natural bandage.

LASIK is the most frequently performed eye surgery for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. El Paso Eye Surgeons offers blade-free iLASIK, an all-laser procedure. Using a laser instead of a blade minimizes the risk of infection and other complications.

During iLASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create a thin flap in the outer layer of the cornea to access the stroma, or inner layer. Next, an excimer laser is used to reshape the stroma, improving the way light focuses on the retina. Finally, the flap is closed. It heals without sutures and acts as a natural bandage for the treatment site following surgery.

LASIK has very high success rates, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better after surgery with little to no side effects. Many patients are very satisfied with their results, and and notice an immediate enhancement following surgery, which continues to improve over the next two to three months.

LASIK surgery can change your life, especially if you have spent years dealing with glasses or contacts. While LASIK does not eliminate the need for glasses or contacts in every case, all LASIK patients can expect dramatically reduced dependence on corrective eyewear. After surgery, the majority of patients with mild to moderate refractive errors can expect at least 20/40 vision. Many patients achieve perfect vision that lasts for years. However, LASIK does not prevent the natural aging process. Over time, some patients may develop presbyopia, a decrease in the ability to focus on close objects.

With advanced technology, the results of LASIK eye surgery are now more predictable than ever. Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo at El Paso Eye Surgeons will thoroughly explain the LASIK results you can expect following treatment at their El Paso, TX, practice, including improved vision and minimized side effects. To find out more about LASIK, or to schedule your consultation, contact us today.

Though LASIK is a very safe procedure, helping millions of American see clearly every year, there are some risks involved. The most common complications include dry eye, halos, difficulty with night vision, overcorrection, undercorrection, and corneal flap complications. Fortunately, our state-of-the-art technology and our doctors’ many years of experience reduces these already low risks to an absolute minimum.

LASIK surgery is quick and virtually painless. Most patients can resume normal activities the following day. Patients usually experience immediate vision enhancement after surgery, with continued improvement in the next two to three months. We will provide you with post-surgery instructions, and will be available to answer all of your questions during your aftercare.

As with any surgical procedure, LASIK can involve some potential side effects, including dry eyes, halos, and night vision problems. More serious complications can include corneal flap issues, overcorrection, or undercorrection. However, because our advanced technology and our doctors’ expertise in refractive surgery, these risks are minimized. Our doctors stress safety above all, and if you are not a candidate for LASIK, we can recommend other vision correction options, such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). As a patient, the surest way to achieve excellent results through LASIK or any refractive surgery is to trust your care to an experienced and technologically advanced practice.

LASIK Surgery

When you arrive at our facility, we will administer local anesthesia in the form of eye drops and supply medication to help you relax, if necessary. LASIK eye surgery takes about 15 to 30 minutes from start to finish, although preparing for the procedure and discharging you from the facility with the proper instructions and medication takes about one hour.

Flap Creation

Once you are comfortably reclined, we will gently prop your eyelids open using a tool called a lid speculum. We will also use a ring-like device to stabilize your eyes and prevent them from blinking and apply drops to keep your eyes moisturized. Once this phase commences, it is normal to have blurred or dark vision. Your doctor will then create a flap in your cornea using an advanced femtosecond laser. LASIK eye surgery is a quick and relatively painless outpatient procedure for patients who want to achieve their best vision without the use of corrective lenses or eyewear.

Reshaping the Cornea

While you are focusing on a special light, the computer-controlled laser will sculpt your cornea using measurements based entirely on the curvature of your eyes. This step of the procedure will reshape the cornea so that it can properly refocus light on your retina. The laser’s target areas are digitally calculated and precise to treat only the tissue that need to be modified.

If you are nearsighted, the laser will flatten the cornea. If you are farsighted, the laser creates a steeper cornea. LASIK eye surgery can also correct astigmatism by modifying an irregularly shaped cornea. While the laser reshapes the cornea, you will hear ticking of the device and may smell something similar to burnt hair. This is completely normal. The surgery is virtually painless, but you will feel a sense of pressure and slight discomfort on your eyes throughout.

Replacing the Flap

Once your cornea has been properly reshaped, your surgeon will reposition the corneal flap, and it will heal on its own over the next few hours. We will provide a shield for your eyes to prevent you from rubbing them or accidentally applying pressure that might interfere with the healing process. We will schedule a follow up appointment within the first 48 hours after your surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

LASIK eye surgery is a quick and relatively painless outpatient procedure for patients who want to achieve their best vision without the use of corrective lenses or eyewear. Call our office at (915) 542-0279 or contact us online to learn more about LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK Cost

Many people dream of waking up without having to fumble for glasses each morning before they start their day. For many of our patients, laser vision correction can help to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses altogether, providing a great boost to their quality of life. Still, you may have financial concerns and questions about the cost of your treatment. Our caring team of eye care professionalscan help you understand the factors that influence LASIK cost at one of piour El Paso locations. To learn more about the cost of LASIK vision correction and how it can change your life, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons.

Determining Your Treatment Cost

LASIK is individualized to provide patients with the best possible results, so treatment cost varies from case to case. There are many different factors that will determine the final cost of your LASIK procedure, including:

  • Visual acuity: Depending on the condition of your eyes and the level of degeneration that has already occurred, you may require more extensive treatment.
  • Insurance: Most insurance plans do not cover LASIK vision correction surgery, but a few major carriers have discount benefits for this procedure. We can contact your insurance provider to see which, if any, benefits are available to you.
  • Location: Depending on where you have the procedure performed, pricing can be higher or lower. Large cities with high costs of living tend to have more expensive treatment costs than smaller towns, for example.
  • Type of surgery: Different types of LASIK procedures have different associated costs. Blade-free and custom wavefront-guided treatments tend to cost more than traditional LASIK, which uses an older surgical technique.

In order to predict an accurate estimate of your treatment cost, one of our doctors will first need to conduct a comprehensive eye exam. During an appointment, we can also help you understand your treatment options and discuss factors that will affect the cost of your procedure in detail.

Weighing the Benefits of Your Investment

If you are considering surgery to correct your vision, you have likely been wearing glasses or contact lenses for an extended period of time. Consider how much you have spent on glasses or contact lenses over the years, and imagine that continued cost as you get older. By reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contacts, you are also reducing or eliminating that expense from your budget.

Flexible Financing Options

We believe each of our patients deserves clearer vision, regardless of their budget. Our office is proud to offer flexible financing options to our patients through CareCredit℠. Our caring staff will be happy to help you determine a repayment plan that you are comfortable with.

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Learn More

We can help you understand the entire LASIK procedure and give you a realistic estimate of your treatment cost during a comprehensive examination. If you are tired of blurred vision and misplaced glasses, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to find out if LASIK is right for you.