Get it in 2020 at Great River Medical Center, southeast Iowa’s regional medical center

LASIK is an outpatient surgical procedure that improves vision by permanently changing the shape of the cornea, the clear covering on the front of the eye. The result is 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts in most cases.

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. It can correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism, the main reasons people need glasses or contact lenses.

Understand the procedure

Eye Specialists-Great River Medical Center uses the best laser technology available for greater precision compared to previous versions of the treatment. Each eye is scanned to create a custom treatment. This leads to more consistent results and reduced risk of complications.

Before the surgery, patients receive medicine to help them relax, and anesthetic eye drops numb the surface of the eye. LASIK is a two-step outpatient procedure. In the first step, a laser creates a thin, circular flap in the top layer of the cornea. In the second step, a different laser reshapes the middle layers of the cornea to correct the vision problem. The flap is placed back in position, where it heals naturally without stitches. LASIK can be done on both eyes during the same session.

Vision improvement usually is immediate, although there is a recovery period before the complete effect is measured.

Get a free consultation

LASIK is a low-risk procedure with proper consultation. Eye Specialists offers free consultations to determine patients’ appropriateness for the procedure. Patients must be 21. To make an appointment, call 319-768-4500.

Not everyone who wears corrective lenses is a candidate. Reasons people cannot or should not have LASIK include:

  • Severely dry eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Frequently changing corrective lens prescriptions
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Family history of corneal disease

LASIK success nationwide

About 10 million people in the U.S. have had LASIK since it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the late 1990s. According to the American Refractive Surgery Council in 2017, “99 percent of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision and more than 90 percent achieve 20/20 or better. In addition, LASIK has an unprecedented 96 percent patient satisfaction rate – the highest of any elective procedure.”