What is LASIK?

What is LASIK?

LASIK surgery is a refractive surgery, meaning it correct certain vision problems such as astigmatism. LASIK has the potential to completely rid patients of glasses and contact lenses, giving many patients a more freedom with their vision.  LASIK is extremely effective, with few risks involved. The lifestyle benefits for patients who are active are tremendous, allowing them to pursue their hobbies, sports, activities or career options with less dependence on contact lenses and glasses. If you are tired of depending on contact lenses and eyeglasses, LASIK surgery in Houston may be right for you!

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The LASIK Procedure Explained

During LASIK surgery, the goal is to remove corneal tissue using an excimer laser, gently reshaping the cornea. This changes the focusing power of your eye, allowing for sharp vision.

Before LASIK surgery, you will come in to our office in Houston for a consultation. The consultation will make sure you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery.
Before the LASIK procedure, your doctor in Houston will make the necessary pre-operative preparations. You are them position under the laser microscope, with a lid speculum to hold your eyelids back, so you do not blink during the procedure. Next, our doctors use a microkeratome device to create a thin corneal flap. The flap is then lifted back, exposing the inner layers of the cornea. The next step is to use the excimer laser to reshape the cornea, using the specifications that were prepared before surgery. Lastly, the flap is smoothed back down and reseals itself, requiring no stitches.

What to Expect After LASIK Surgery

Following you LASIK procedure, it is not uncommon to experience symptoms such as burning, itching, or foreign body sensation (feeling like there is something in your eye). It is normal to feel some discomfort, or even mild pain. Your eyes will tear and water, and your vision will be blurry and hazy. The blurriness is completely normal and should dissipate. You should refrain from rubbing your eyes, as this could dislodge the flap that was created during surgery. All of these symptoms should improve within the first few days or the week after surgery.

Know Your Options - Other Types of LASIK Eye Surgery

There are several types of LASIK surgery, which you and your doctor will discuss prior to your procedure. Each procedure offers different benefits and can sometimes be combined with one another.
Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, as there are certain things that would make LASIK surgery riskier for you. Luckily, there are plenty of other options when it comes to permanent vision correction. Dr. Slade in Houston will discuss with you which method of vision correction will suite your eyes.

"LASIK On the Front Lines" - Custom LASIK

Wavefront Technology Custom LASIK is a laser vision procedure that allows your surgeon to further customize your LASIK procedure. With Custom LASIK, Dr. Slade will use wavefront technology to create a customized map of your eye. Using this map, Dr. Slade can address your individual visual requirements. Custom LASIK can be combined with bladeless LASIK to make sure you have the best results possible.


Blade-free LASIK is quickly becoming the standard in LASIK, as many people are not comfortable with the traditional method of LASIK, which uses a blade. While both methods are very safe, Bladeless LASIK may be more precise and end with better vision. Unlike mechanical instruments, the Bladeless LASIK technology is able to program the dimension of the flap created, which creates less risk and better results. The IntraLase laser creates your flap from below the surface of the cornea-without ever cutting it.


Intralase Technology

Intralase technology, used during bladeless LASIK, is possible through the advancement of the femtosecond laser. There are many femtosecond lasers on the market now, such as Ziemer ZLASIK femtosecond laser and the new femtosecond laser from Bausch & Lomb called Victus.

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