LASIK or laser vision correction is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States today. We are achieving outstanding results and our patients are among some of the most satisfied LASIK patients around. If you are interested in becoming less dependent on glasses or contact lenses, please give us a call to schedule your FREE LASIK CONSULTATION. Dr. Barrett will help you determine if LASIK laser vision correction is right for you.
LASIK surgery improves your vision by changing the shape of your cornea to more closely match that of your eye, which in turn heightens the ability to bring objects into clearer focus. We have successfully performed LASIK surgery on patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (retinal distortion), or combinations of the three.
There are many factors that go into our decision to perform LASIK surgery, including:
Dr. Barrett is currently performing "all-laser" LASIK procedures for laser vision correction. This innovative technique is the most frequently used form of laser vision correction available on the market today. In the past, traditional LASIK surgery has used a blade (called a microkeratome) to make a cut in the cornea to create a flap. Recently, a new laser was developed which replaces the microkeratome blade in creating the flap. Dr. Barrett is one of the few surgeons in the city who has been trained on the femtosecond laser for flap creation. Our procedures and techniques provide our patients with the safest and most accurate results in all of central Indiana. Our research and outcomes support this belief. If you choose us to perform your laser vision correction surgery, we will do everything in our power to make sure that your LASIK experience is a positive one and that you obtain the results you deserve.
Dr. Barrett performs his laser vision correction treatments on Friday afternoons. Most patients plan to take Friday off of work and then return to work the following Monday. The laser vision center is located at 9002 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Patients need to be out of their soft contact lenses for at least 2 weeks prior to their pre-op LASIK consultation. Hard contact lens wearers need to be out of their contact lenses for at least 4 weeks prior to their pre-op LASIK consultation. The cost of the surgery is $1,900.00 per eye. This includes the LASIK pre-op consultation, the laser vision correction procedure with customized ablation, and all post-op visits for 1 year following the surgery. Some patients may require enhancements in one eye or the other following surgery. Enhancements cost $300.00 per eye. If you are interested in LASIK surgery or have any questions about the procedure, please contact our office.
Your LASIK procedure will involve two steps. The first step involves creation of the flap in the cornea. This procedure is performed with the Wavelight FS200 Femtosecond Laser. This laser is the most advanced, accurate, user-friendly femtosecond laser available today. The creation of the flap takes approximately 6 seconds per eye. When the femtosecond laser is docked on the eye, you may experience a mild pressure or "pulling sensation." This process is not painful but patients say it is the worst part of the procedure. It only lasts for 6 seconds and the probe is then removed. The same procedure is then performed on the second eye. Following creation of the flap, you will be placed under our second laser, which performs the reshaping of the cornea.
Once you are placed under the second laser, Dr. Barrett will then use microscopic instruments to lift the flap. You will then be aligned under the laser and the excimer laser treatment will be applied. This laser ablation can take anywhere from 3-12 seconds, depending upon the strength of your prescription. At this time, your eye is numb and the treatment itself is painless. The laser that performs the corneal reshaping is the Wavelight EX500 Excimer Laser. Studies have proven that this is the most advanced, accurate, excimer laser on the market today. In our hands, less then 5% of our patients require touch-ups after their original surgery. In the six years that we have been performing this procedure, we have not had a single patient lose one line of best-corrected visual acuity following LASIK laser vision correction.
Femtosecond LASIK has a relatively rapid healing time and most patients have good vision 12-24 hours following surgery. Post-operative pain is usually minimal but every person heals differently and some patients do experience some discomfort for several hours following the procedure.
We feel that our procedures and technques provide our patients with the safest and most accurate results in all of central Indiana. Our research and outcomes support this belief. If you would like to speak with Dr. Barrett regarding your LASIK surgery, please feel free to contact our office at anytime. We offer FREE LASIK CONSULTATIONS at our Fishers office, Monday through Wednesday.