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If you’re one of the 140 million Americans who are afflicted with a refractive disorder such as being nearsighted, farsighted or having astigmatism, LASIK surgery may offer the vision you want without the constraints of glasses or contacts.
With more than 33 years experience and more than 45,000 refractive surgeries performed, no one in Iowa is more qualified to provide LASIK surgery than the physicians at Wolfe Eye Clinic.
There are a variety of important factors to consider when deciding on a LASIK surgeon. Experience and training should be two of the most important considerations. The physicians at Wolfe Eye Clinic have been leaders in LASIK laser vision correction for years, performing refractive surgery since 1984. Our physicians were also leaders in the development of laser vision correction and were the first to bring this technology to Iowa. Our LASIK doctors have been published in medical journals and textbooks and have helped educate many other physicians in the field of LASIK laser vision correction. And, many of our LASIK doctors have special fellowship training, meaning they performed additional training for LASIK surgery on top of the standard required years of schooling needed to practice. Wolfe Eye Clinic has a long history of advancing eye care in Iowa and has continued in this tradition with LASIK surgery.
Schedule a LASIK evaluation online or call Wolfe Eye Clinic’s LASIK phoneline at 1-800-237-5393 to speak with our LASIK Coordinator.
LASIK surgery is a procedure designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. An excimer laser gently reshapes the cornea with computer-controlled precision to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. At the beginning of the procedure, the patient is given a mild sedative and the eye is anesthetized with eye drops. LASIK surgery is then performed in two steps.
Step 1 — Femtosecond Laser Precision
Creation of the corneal flap: Wolfe Eye Clinic LASIK surgeons perform the first step through the use of a femtosecond laser. In this method, a very precise, thin flap of tissue, about a few human hairs thick on the front surface of the cornea, is created using a laser instead of the metal blade used by some other LASIK providers. By eliminating the metal blade, our LASIK surgeons are able to virtually eliminate potential corneal flap complications. The use of a laser to create the corneal flap provides a safer, more accurate procedure for our patients. This means our LASIK doctors can create a corneal flap of exact specification. Such accuracy and precision are nearly impossible with the traditional hand-held metal blade method. Wolfe Eye Clinic introduced the all-laser LASIK method to Iowa in 2002.
Step 2 — The Excimer Laser
The second step in LASIK surgery is the actual reshaping of the cornea. This is achieved through the use of an excimer laser. The excimer laser is a “cold laser” that does not burn or cut tissue. Instead, it gently breaks molecular bonds between cells so that controlled amounts of tissue can be vaporized away one microscopic layer at a time. The process gently reshapes the cornea, resulting in a corneal curvature much like that of a contact lens, correcting the underlying refractive error. Typically, the actual laser treatment takes less than 60 seconds per eye. Most patients experience a dramatic improvement in vision within hours or even minutes.
The most common risks of LASIK vision correction surgery with refractive lasers include:
- The possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery
- Dry eye syndrome, which can be severe
- Visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating
- Loss of vision
Wolfe Eye Clinic has an experienced team of LASIK surgeons and offers complete LASIK surgery services throughout Iowa, including Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown, and Waterloo.
Please contact Wolfe Eye Clinic’s LASIK Coordinator at 1-800-237-5393 to ask any LASIK-related questions or to schedule an appointment to meet one of our LASIK surgeons: Dr. James Davison, Dr. Louis Scallon, Dr. Steven Johnson, Dr. Todd Gothard, Dr. Benjamin Mason, Dr. Matthew Rauen.