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What is comanagement?

Optometrists and ophthalmologists residing within and outside of our region refer many patients to us. Patients benefit by having their care shared by two specialists, one of whom is likely to be both familiar with the patient’s history and conveniently located. These doctors have been trained in the pre- and post- surgical care of refractive […]

Follow up care?

After your surgery, you will be asked to adhere to a series of examinations to ensure that your eye is healing as expected and to measure your visual progress. You may have your follow-up care with the Erdey Searcy Eye Group or with your comanaging optometrist. A typical schedule includes the following visits: one (1) […]

Can I drive home after the procedure?

No. You will need a responsible adult to accompany you on the day of your surgery.

What will the procedure be like?

Refractive surgery is a brief, outpatient procedure. Although you are awake and alert, anesthetic eye drops are applied so there is typically no discomfort. A lid speculum is used to gently hold open your eyelids so you cannot blink during the procedure. During LASIK, a thin flap of corneal tissue is made with a very […]

Once I've decided to proceed with refractive surgery, what is the procedure?

A complete eye examination is first performed. Additional tests may include corneal topography (a computer generated mapping of your corneal curvature), corneal pachymetry (an ultrasonic measurement of your corneal thickness), and an A-Scan (an ultrasonic measurement of the length of your eye). Sometimes this is done in our office, but it can also be done […]

Do I need to remove my contact lenses prior to the examination?

Yes, contact lenses can cause “molding” of the cornea. Before surgery we need to take precise measurements of the corneal shape without the influence of contact lenses. The cornea needs to return to its natural shape prior to the examination and surgery to achieve the most accurate results. Hard/Gas Permeable Lenses: Remove lenses at least […]

I have dry eyes. Will this affect the procedure?

It can in some instances. The decision to operate when this condition exists can only be made after a comprehensive eye exam. It is not uncommon for us to treat your dry eyes before the refractive procedure.

I am a diabetic. Can I still have refractive surgery?

Patients who have good control of their blood sugar with no systemic or ocular diabetic complications are generally suitable candidates.

Will the procedure need to be repeated (enhancement)?

Occasionally, fine-tuning the original surgical procedure to obtain best visual outcome is necessary. If necessary, an enhancement is usually performed 3 months following the original procedure after the eye has stabilized.* If we determine an enhancement is necessary during the first year following a procedure performed at the Erdey Searcy Eye Group, you will receive […]

Is refractive surgery a permanent procedure?

Yes. The benefits of your procedure are permanent. The few patients that require an enhancement procedure will typically do so within the first several months following the procedure, not years later.