LASIK Surgery in Akron, Ohio
Free yourself from glasses and contacts and see the world like never before with LASIK eye surgery at Davis Eye Center. Dr. Charles Davis has completed over 45,000 LASIK procedures since the late 1990’s and our practice utilizes the top technology in the state so you can feel confident you’re in good hands when you choose the Davis Eye Center.
Current LASIK technology allows for more candidates than ever before. If you were told you don’t qualify for laser eye surgery in the past, you may be eligible today. We offer a free evaluation where Dr. Davis and our refractive team will determine if you are a candidate for LASIK or other vision corrective eye surgery.
What Can LASIK Treat?
LASIK is a painless laser eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism by reshaping your cornea.
Exclusive Surgical Technology
The team from Davis Eye Center takes great pride in offering the most current in surgical technology. Specifically, the CONTOURAⓇ technology can map up to 22,000 unique elevation points on a patient’s eye to provide a precise custom layout. With this exclusive technology, more than 90% of LASIK patients report reaching 20/20 vision or better.
We are also proud to be the first practice in Ohio to offer the WaveLightⓇ Refractive Laser Suite, which makes LASIK more accurate and efficient than ever. This system allows us to ensure rapid and precise laser positioning. The technology creates a topographic map of a patient’s eye to customize the patterns of laser movement. Significantly, the WaveLight Refractive Suite forms a corneal flap in about six seconds and provides surgeons access to patients’ treatment information as the procedure progresses.
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Who is a Candidate for LASIK?
Before scheduling your laser vision correction procedure, Dr. Davis will conduct a thorough examination to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for LASIK. In general, the ideal candidate for LASIK:
- Is 18 or older
- Has not had a lens prescription change in the last year
- Has a refractive error within the treatable range
- Has healthy eyes, free of dry eye syndrome, corneal ulcers or abrasion, glaucoma, keratoconus, or corneal implants1
If you aren’t an ideal candidate for LASIK, don’t worry: there are other refractive procedures that you may qualify for. At Davis Eye Center, we also help patients achieve clearer vision through:
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy): An ideal procedure for patients with thin corneas.
- Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL): Implanting a biocompatible lens to correct vision nearly immediately.
- Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE): Replacing the lens of the eye to correct refractive errors.
LASIK Surgery: What to Expect
Preparing for LASIK
The preparations a patient needs to make before undergoing LASIK are minimal. If you wear contacts, you will be asked to switch exclusively to glasses for roughly seven days before LASIK, as contacts can alter the shape of the cornea.
You won’t be able to drive yourself home after LASIK, so you should make arrangements for transportation in advance. On the day of your procedure, please arrive with your face free of makeup, creams, or lotions.
The LASIK Procedure
The word ‘surgery’ can make a lot of patients uneasy. We get asked all the time about what actually happens during a LASIK procedure, so let’s set the record straight.
Numbing Drops are Applied to Your Cornea
The first step in the LASIK procedure is to numb your eye to ensure the procedure is pleasant and painless. Dr. Davis will apply anesthetic drops to your eye that take about 10-15 seconds to work. He will then use a lid speculum to keep your eye open.
Create a Cornea Flap
Dr. Davis will then use a laser to create a flap that allows him access to reshape your cornea to improve your vision. You’ll then be asked to focus on a red light to steady your eye during the procedure.
This is where the magic happens—well it’s not magic, it’s science. Our state-of-the-art WaveLight EX500 laser reshapes your cornea using the fastest and most precise lasers known to man. Our technology is so advanced, it only takes a few seconds to reshape your cornea for improved vision.
After your cornea is reshaped, Dr. Davis will seal up the flap. It will begin to heal immediately, so you don’t have to worry about post-surgery pain.
That’s it. Seriously. LASIK eye surgery only takes a few minutes from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave. But don’t mistake its brevity for ineffectiveness. LASIK is a powerful corrective vision procedure that can give you better vision than ever before.
It’s normal to experience slightly blurry vision immediately after LASIK, but most of our patients begin to notice a dramatic improvement in their vision in as little as 24-48 hours after the procedure. It may take a few weeks before the full extent of your vision correction is apparent.
Following LASIK, you will be given a pair of protective glasses or goggles to wear while sleeping for the first few days. The best thing you can do after LASIK surgery is go home and rest. Your eyes may feel scratchy or itchy for the first few hours, but you will be issued prescription eye drops to help enhance your comfort and optimize the healing process.2
Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK
Is LASIK a painful procedure?
No! Your eyes will be numbed before the procedure, and at no point should pain be a part of your LASIK experience. Some patients do report a slight feeling of pressure during LASIK surgery, but not discomfort.
Is LASIK safe?
The American Refractive Surgery Council reports that LASIK has a very favorable safety profile, with less than 1% of patients reporting any surgical complications. Of course, any surgical procedure is associated with some risk. LASIK risks, while very rare, may include:
- Inflammation or swelling
- Corneal flap dislocation
- Light sensitivity
- Dry eye during the recovery process3
How long until I can drive after LASIK?
You won’t be able to drive yourself home after your LASIK procedure, so you should make arrangements for transportation. After the first day, we believe the patient is the best judge of whether it is safe to drive. Some patients have blurry vision for a day or two after LASIK, while others feel confident driving sooner.
Does LASIK need to be performed on one eye at a time?
No! In fact, most of our patients prefer to have LASIK on both eyes at once, since this consolidates their recovery time and allows them to enjoy clearer vision sooner.
Contact Davis Eye Center
Ready to take the next step toward improved eyesight? Contact us to learn more about your vision correction options like LASIK and schedule a consultation at Davis Eye Center.
Great Vision After My LASIK
Fantastic experience with staff and the best part of it - great vision after my LASIK! I see better than I did with glasses and contacts, no night blindness, no halos, no light sensitivity, healed quickly, and I am so happy I went to Dr Davis!Rachel Gordon
1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Lasik. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik. Accessed April 7, 2021.
2 American Academy of Ophthalmology. LASIK. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik. Accessed April 7, 2021.
3 American Refractive Surgery Council. LASIK Complication Rate: The Latest Facts and Stats You Should Know. Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/lasik-complication-rate-latest-facts. Accessed April 7, 2021.