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LASIK Surgery

eye with laserThe doctors at our Eye Care Clinic have extensive experience in the pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care of LASIK and other vision correction procedures. By far, LASIK is currently the most popular vision-correcting or "refractive" surgery available. But there are other options as well. We will help you find the ideal solution for your problem and partner with the best surgeon to perform your procedure.

Introduction to LASIK

LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure. You may hear people calling it "LASIX," but the correct name is LASIK, which is short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis."

Why is it so popular? LASIK has advantages over other vision correction procedures, including a relative lack of pain afterward and the fact that good vision usually is achieved by the very next day.

An instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser.

The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ("ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.

When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed.

Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.

Learn more about Vision Surgery including LASIK, PRK, Corneal Transplants and more.

A message to our Patients

As your eye care provider, your health and safety are of utmost importance to us. As such, we have implemented screening measures and safety precautions to ensure the well-being of our patients, our staff, and our community.

In light of the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order issued for the City of Houston and Harris County to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be open only for urgent and emergency eye care appointments for the duration of this order. We will continue to re evaluate the timeline as circumstances change

We remain committed to taking exceptional care of your eyes. We are available from 9am-1pm on Mondays through Saturdays to answer your questions, place contact lens orders, assist with glasses repair, and schedule future routine eye exam appointments. We also offer curbside pickup of your eyewear and complimentary shipping of Contact Lenses to your home during this time.

We are all in this together and appreciate your understanding during this challenging time. We pray that you and your families remain healthy and safe. Thank you for entrusting us with your eye care!

Warmest,

Dr. Alexander Chen, Dr. Melanie Leung , and Staff