LASIK & Refractive Procedures
Dr. Charles is internationally-recognized for his work in LASIK and refractive surgery, and has been named a certified international LASIK instructor. He also had the LASIK procedure performed and now sees better than 20/20 without glasses.
Dr. Charles is a fellowship-trained cornea and refractive surgeon, who has performed LASIK procedures since 1996. While any complications from LASIK are exceedingly rare, a Time Magazine study showed that serious complications are 80% less likely when the procedure was performed by a cornea specialist.
We work with highly-advanced excimer lasers, and the manufacturer has lent its expertise to create the perfect environment to maximize the performance of the laser. When the laser works its best, outcomes are better, too.
Our surgeons meet with you from the first medical examination, during your procedure and for all follow up.
We invite you to watch an actual procedure, so you may ask questions and feel comfortable on the day of your procedure. We can also provide you with the names of other patients who have agreed to talk with others thinking about the surgery.
We spared no expense to provide you with the most technologically-advanced equipment in the region.
A refractive error, or refraction error, is an error in the focusing of light by the eye and a frequent reason for reduced visual acuity. Common refractive errors are nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
The goal of refractive surgery is to eliminate or reduce one's dependence on eye glasses and/or contact lenses. The field of refractive surgery is ever changing, with major advances being achieved each year.
LASIK can correct many common refractive errors including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
If you are seeking safe laser eye surgery, it is imperative you meet with one of our experienced ophthalmologists to find out if you are a LASIK candidate. During this exam, we will thoroughly check your eyes and review your medical history.
We’ll determine that:
- The eye has developed properly and matured. (The ideal LASIK candidate is at least 18 years old.)
- Vision has been stable for at least one year.
- No eye infection (including a herpes infection of the eye) or injury has occurred within the past year.
- The individual doesn’t have an autoimmune disorder such as Sjogren's Syndrome or Lupus.
- No scarring is present on the cornea.
- The individual does not have dry eye syndrome.
- The pupils don’t dilate beyond seven millimeters in the dark.
- If a woman, she’s not pregnant or nursing on the date of surgery.
Candidates must understand the risks of LASIK surgery and have realistic expectations regarding the results that can be achieved before we will proceed with a procedure.
The surgery should take less than 30 minutes. You will lie on your back in a reclining chair in an exam room containing the laser system. The laser system includes a large machine with a microscope attached to it and a computer screen.
A numbing drop will be placed in your eye, the area around your eye will be cleaned, and an instrument called a lid speculum will be used to hold your eyelids open.
Your surgeon uses a laser to reshape the cornea (the clear part of your eye in front of your iris and pupil).
Immediately after the procedure, you may have some mild burning, itching, or scratchiness. Your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever. Both your eyes may tear or water. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after surgery. Most patients get good results in driving vision within hours. Since visual recovery is so rapid, surgery on both eyes can be performed on the same day.
Yes, we can help you arrange a convenient payment plan. Learn more here.