LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK, or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis can provide permanent correction for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and/or astigmatism. This correction is accomplished by creating a flap in the cornea, using an excimer laser to remove a precise amount of corneal tissue (stroma), and repositioning the flap over the surgical area (note the diagrams). Healing begins immediately, and within 24 hours the cornea has "closed" the incision without the aid of stitches. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and patients are often able to return to work the day following LASIK.
Patients considering refractive surgery are evaluated by their Optometrist before and several times after the LASIK procedure. Both Dr. Allan Dean and Dr. Richard Hamilton have co-managed LASIK patients with Tallahassee's various LASIK centers. If you are considering refractive surgery, you should consult an Optometrist, who will objectively determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK (or any of the many other refractive surgeries available today).
Consultations for Refractive Surgery are available by appointment, and any fee will be credited toward the co-management of your procedure.