LASIK Vision Correction
LASIK is a non-invasive, bladeless surgery that quickly and painlessly corrects refractive error beyond your wildest dreams. Laser vision correction uses a non-thermal beam of laser light to reshape the clear front window of the eye called the cornea. This reshaping occurs below a thin flap of cornea that is created then put back in place after surgery thus allowing you to see right after the procedure with little discomfort.
At Chu Eye Institute, your LASIK vision correction surgery is performed by a fellowship trained corneal surgeon. Dr. Chu uses the latest technology to perform Wavefront guided IntraLASIK – the breakthrough blade-free all-laser procedure, so you can enjoy great vision without the hassles of glasses or contacts the same day as your surgery!
Call us today to set up an appointment in either Fort Worth or Southlake. LASIK surgery and other refractive procedures have been proven safe and effective, and our highly-trained, renowned doctors can determine if any would be effective for your vision needs. To learn more about LASIK and schedule your free consultation.
Am I a candidate for LASIK
If you are between the ages of 18 and 45 and have a stable glasses or contacts prescription, odds are good that you will be able to have LASIK.
The only way to know for sure if LASIK is right for you, and for you to make the best decision, is to learn all the facts and have an eye exam. Which is why Chu Eye Institute offers a free, no-obligation consultation. At this initial consultation we will help you thoroughly understand the LASIK procedure and what it means for you. We will run tests to check the thickeness and shape of your cornea and discuss some general health guidelines to make sure you are a good candidate.
When you decide you’re ready to learn more about LASIK and what it would be like to no longer have to deal with glasses or contacts, please come see us.
What is the LASIK Vision Correction Procedure?
LASIK is a quick, painless out-patient procedure that corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, allowing you to have great vision without glasses or contact lenses. Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) uses a non-thermal beam of laser light to reshape the clear front window of the eye called the cornea. This reshaping occurs below a thin flap of cornea that is created then put back in place after surgery thus allowing you to see right after the procedure with little discomfort.
Dr. Chu uses the latest in bladeless technology. During bladeless LASIK vision correction surgery, a femtosecond laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea is then peeled back and the underlying corneal tissue is reshaped using another laser. After the cornea is reshaped so that it can properly focus light onto the retina, the corneal flap is put back in place and the surgery is complete. LASIK is performed while the patient is under local anesthesia and usually takes about 20 minutes to complete.
We create your personalized vision profile
The first step is to perform a wavefront diagnosis using the WaveScan WaveFront System. Your eye is unique—as personal as your fingerprint. The WaveScan WaveFrontSystem creates a 3-D map that provides detailed information of your vision correction requirements to develop a personalized laser vision correction plan.
We create your LASIK flap without blades
Then we use a process called the IntraLase Method to create a thin LASIK flap, precisely personalized just for you, that is folded back in preparation to gently reshape the cornea.
We correct your vision
Lastly, we use a second, ultra-precise “cool” laser to gently reshape your cornea to the desired curvature, based on the digital information from your personalized WaveScan WaveFront map. Then we reposition the LASIK flap, and your procedure is complete. Many of our patients sit up and immediately notice dramatically better vision.
Why Choose Dr. Chu?
Chu Eye Institute is a leading advanced vision correction facility in the Fort Worth area. Our practice is built on innovation, leadership and passion for perfection in all of the eye surgery procedures we perform. We combine the industry’s most sophisticated technology with our renowned surgical expertise to deliver an unmatched level of care and perfection to help you see more clearly and put your life in focus.
Chu Eye Institute is one of the few practices in Fort Worth to feature an advanced fellowship trained corneal specialist and surgeon in the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area.
At Chu Eye Institute, your LASIK cornea surgery is performed by an advanced corneal surgeon. Dr. Richard Chu, DO performs Wavefront Guided Custom IntraLASIK – the breakthrough all-laser LASIK procedure that virtually eliminates most complications associated with LASIK. This is one of the safest alternatives to glasses and contact lenses available.
If you’re thinking about any advanced vision correction procedure, consult with Chu Eye Institute to better understand the latest research, technology and results that can lead to a more fulfilling life.
What if I am not a candidate?
There are many factors that determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. During our thorough evaluation, we measure the curvature and thickness of the cornea as well as evaluate your general ocular health. If we find that you are not a good candidate because you are too near sighted or your cornea is too thin, we may recommend alternative surgeries to LASIK. These alternatives include Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) or an intraocular lens implant.
Similar to LASIK, PRK reshapes the cornea using a “cold” laser but is done in the more superficial layers of the cornea. After removing the outer most layer of the cornea with alcohol, the excimer laser is used to gently remodel the cornea and then the surface is allowed to heal naturally under a bandage contact lens. PRK is best to patients with thin corneas or those with active lifestyles who cannot have a flap. The disadvantages include increased pain during recovery, several days to weeks of blurry vision during recovery, and increased chance of scaring after surgery.
Intraocular lens (ICL) implants are a great alternative if your myopia is outside the FDA approved limits of treatment for LASIK or your cornea is too thin for treatment. ICLs are clear implantable lenses that are surgically placed in the front chamber of the eye just behind the iris. Done under local anesthesia, this outpatient procedure if very quick and painless and has an immediate improvement in vision. Unlike LASIK this procedure is reversible by safely removing the ICL even years later, but caries the risks involved of being a more invasive surgery inside the eye.
If you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK, we will thoroughly explain all your other options that might be available to help you enhance your vision,