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Imagine the freedom to enjoy sports or travel without the worry of contact lenses! Does wearing glasses pose limitations or a safety risk with your job? Do you have trouble finding fashionable frames that you find appealing or that fit comfortably? Would you like to cut the expense of glasses, contact lenses and care products? Advanced laser surgery has now made it possible for you to reduce your overall dependence on corrective lenses, or possibly eliminate them altogether.

Is LASIK Right For Me?

What are the benefits?

  • Reduce overall dependence on corrective lenses
  • Increased occupational opportunities - pilots, military, firefighters, police, politicians
  • Cosmetic results
  • Cut expense of contacts and glasses
  • Improved unaided vision
  • Recreational activities, especially water sports, hunting, skiing

Am I a candidate for refractive surgery?

At Mason Eye Institute we treat patients, not just eyes. There are several factors the doctor will consider to determine if you are a good candidate for refractive surgery. Age, general health, spectacle or contact lens prescription, and the health of your eyes are a few factors considered. A comprehensive eye exam and specialized testing are necessary to assess your potential.

What is vision correction surgery or refractive surgery?

Refractive surgery is laser surgery to correct refractive errors including nearsightedness(myopia), farsightedness(hyperopia) and astigmatism. An excimer laser is a surgical instrument that produces a powerful beam of focused ultraviolet light. The laser is controlled by the surgeon and produces a series of rapid pulses that remove small and precise amounts of corneal tissue. Often, only 50 microns of tissue (about the thickness of a human hair) are removed to achieve the proper amount of correction. Excimer laser light does not penetrate into the eye and leaves other eye structures undisturbed. The Mason Eye Institute uses the Wavefront FS500 laser to provide the latest, most advanced refractive technology.

What is hyperopia?

Hyperopia (farsightedness) occurs when light rays entering the eye are focused behind your retina instead of directly on it. Farsightedness is typically hereditary, begins in childhood and stabilizes in the late teens or early adulthood. Options for correcting hyperopia include eyeglasses, contact lenses, LASEK, PRK, LASIK and other surgical procedures including refractive lens exchange or cataract surgery. To correct hyperopia, the excimer laser beam is applied to steepen the front of the cornea by removing small amounts of tissue from a ring shaped area in the periphery of the cornea.

What is myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects approximately 70 million people in the United States. Myopia occurs when light rays entering the eye are focused in front of your retina instead of directly on it. Options for correcting nearsightedness include eyeglasses, contact lenses, PRK, LASEK, LASIK and other surgical procedures including refractive lens exchange or cataract surgery. To correct myopia, the excimer laser beam is applied to flatten the front of the cornea by removing small amounts of tissue from the central corneal surface.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is when the cornea is oval shaped rather than round. The light rays coming into the eye are bent unequally, thus preventing sharp focus on the retina. Slight uncorrected astigmatism may not cause symptoms but a large amount may result in significant blurring. Options for correcting astigmatism include eyeglasses, toric contact lenses and refractive surgery.

Locations

University Eye Institute East

573-882-8920

3215 Wingate Court
Columbia, MO 65201

LASIK Contact

For additional information on refractive surgery at the Mason Eye Institute, please call (573) 882-0420, email us at eyesurgery@health.missouri.edu or fill out our online form.