LASIK is a state-of-the-art refractive surgery procedure that can reduce or eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK, (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) a highly effective outpatient procedure, often referred to as refractive surgery or laser vision correction. Advancements in refractive surgery have made the procedures safer and more effective than ever, allowing for outstanding visual outcomes for patients. Dr. Melcher and Dr. Potter work closely with top surgeons in the Tampa Bay area to provide all of your pre and post operative care for LASIK procedures and to assure the best surgical outcome for their patients.

LASIK Consultation

Several measurements influence if we would recommend LASIK for a patient.  A patient’s lid structure, tear film, ocular surface contour and thickness, as well as the prescription are just a few things that go into this decision.  After discussing your interest in LASIK with Dr. Melcher or Dr. Potter, they will most likely recommend that you have a free LASIK consultation at the surgery center to help determine if you are an excellent candidate for the procedure.

Pre-Operative Care

Once we determine with the LASIK center that you should move forward with LASIK, Dr. Melcher or Dr. Potter can then do your pre-operative visit. They will take more measurements and dilate your eyes to better check your prescription and eye health.  They will also be educate you on what to expect the day of surgery and beyond, review the benefits and risks involved, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Post-Operative Care

Patient’s post-operative care may vary depending on the type of surgery and patient.  Most often, patients are seen by Dr. Melcher or Dr. Potter one day after surgery and then at  day four, one month, three months, six months and one year.  At these visits, Dr. Melcher or Dr. Potter will review the patient’s medication instructions, and evaluate the vision and health of the eye.  It is very important to us that each patient is healing properly after surgery.

Future Eye Exams 

Even after LASIK it is important to have routine eye exams every year to evaluate the health of the eyes.  Patients that have had LASIK still have risks of developing other eye conditions or diseases.  Problems such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, cataracts, and macular degeneration will be just a few of the many ailments Dr. Melcher or Dr. Potter will screen for during your yearly eye health exam.

Interested in finding out more about LASIK, or other procedures? Give our Eye Designs a call today at 727-344-2020.