LASIK in Louisville, KY

Correcting your Vision with LASIK Eye Surgery

Lasik Doctor Louisville, KYDr. Burns has been performing refractive surgery since 1995. He has performed RK, PRK, LASIK, and Refractive Lens Exchange for patients in Louisville, KY, and the surrounding area. Dr. Burns performs all pre-operative and post-operative exams, and spends time with his refractive surgery patients, making sure to answer all the questions they may have about the procedure.

Dr. Burns is committed to helping you decide which vision correction option is most appropriate for you. Whether you choose LASIK eye surgery, PRK or monovision contact lenses, Dr. Burns will strive to provide you with the best possible results.

If you live in Louisville, Middletown or surrounding areas and would like to find out more about LASIK eye surgery or other refractive surgery options, please contact our office at 502.245.0305 to arrange a free screening.

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“Dr. Burns and staff are great! The office runs efficiently with very little wait. Staff is friendly, professional, competent and are always a phone call away with the answer to any question. I recently had surgery on both eyes. Dr. Burns explained everything thoroughly so I had no apprehension and knew exactly what to expect. The results were perfection! I can see like an eagle with no more night vision/ driving problems. Thank you, Dr. Burns and staff!” -Tom W.

Affordable LASIK Eye Surgery Financing

The cost of laser vision correction can vary, but we are proud to offer a variety of excellent financing options to our patients. Through CareCredit®, you can arrange a payment plan that works for you.

Basic Information about LASIK Eye Surgery and Laser Vision Correction

Refractive Errors of the Eye

Laser vision correction surgeries are designed to correct refractive errors of the eye, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), presbyopia, and astigmatism. These refractive errors appear when light entering the eye is focused improperly by the cornea and crystalline lens before being projected onto the retina.

What Is Laser Vision Correction?

Lasik Louisville KYLaser vision correction involves reshaping the cornea to improve visual acuity using a high-energy laser known as the excimer laser. With the aid of this computer-controlled laser, Dr. Burns is able to remove tissue from the cornea with extreme precision. The two laser eye surgeries performed most frequently by Dr. Burns are laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

LASIK eye surgery involves removing tissue from the middle layers of the cornea using the excimer laser. LASIK eye surgery can be used to treat myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. There are two steps to the LASIK eye surgery procedure. First, a corneal flap is created, which is lifted to expose the inner cornea for step two, tissue ablation by an excimer laser. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is repositioned, at which point the procedure is complete. LASIK eye surgery is popular because it is extremely effective, with very low incidence of complications. LASIK patients generally recover very quickly, with little discomfort reported following the procedure.

PRK differs from LASIK eye surgery in that it uses the excimer laser to reshape the front surface of the cornea, rather than the interior layers. Part of the epithelium, a layer of cells on the outer surface of the cornea, is removed to expose the corneal tissue itself. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the procedure is complete. Because it takes several days for the epithelium to heal, PRK patients will have to wear a soft contact lens to protect the cornea. Dr. Burns often recommends PRK to patients who are not good candidates for LASIK eye surgery. PRK patients generally take longer to recover, and are required to use steroid eye drops for some time after the procedure to facilitate proper healing of the cornea.

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LASIK with the iDESIGN® System 100% personalized just for you

LASIK eye surgery powered by the iDESIGN® system uses a unique process to map the eye’s entire visual pathway, not just the front of the eye (cornea), to make the procedure 100% personalized. This technology makes it possible to reduce or eliminate refractive errors-including higher order aberrations-of the full optical system.

Our practice believes in providing patients with the best technology available.  Technologies used worldwide and trusted by organizations with the highest safety standards, including NASA and the U.S. Military. Their elite personnel, including astronauts and fighter pilots, have relied on advanced technologies to improve their vision and reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses.

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How does the iDESIGN® System work?

Because no two eyes are alike, it’s important to capture each eye’s exact vision imperfections. The iDESIGN® system uses a high-definition sensor that has 5x the resolution of previous technology*, capturing over 1,200 data points from each eye to create a detailed picture of your eye’s unique imperfections and accurately plan a treatment for you.

The IntraLase Method™

The IntraLase® FS laser introduced the concept of blade-free LASIK eye surgery in 2001, representing the first improvement in the procedure’s first step – creation of the corneal flap. In the IntraLase Method™, a laser is used to create the corneal flap during LASIK eye surgery, rather than the conventional microkeratome blade. Rapid, precise laser pulses applied to the cornea cause bubbles to form beneath the surface. Once the bubbles have formed, Dr. Burns will separate the affected tissue to create the corneal flap.

Laser Eye Surgery Louisville KYThis technique allows the dimensions of the flap to be set precisely according to the individual structure of the patient’s eye, and it avoids potential irregularities that are sometimes caused by even the sharpest blade. These irregularities can negatively impact post-operative visual acuity. Although the blade method is safe and precise, the IntraLase Method™ has been proven to further improve the outcome for LASIK patients. Clinical studies have shown that patients treated with the IntraLase Method achieve vision that is significantly better than that of patients treated with the conventional microkeratome blade. In particular, IntraLase® patients are better able to see in low light and other visually demanding situations.

The VISX® STAR S4 excimer laser system has both active and passive tracking mechanisms that allow Dr. Burns to deliver this level of accuracy and precision. The ActiveTrak™ system tracks the eye’s movements in three dimensions throughout the procedure, allowing fine-tuned mid-surgery adjustments that make precise results possible. Additionally, iris registration technology records unique landmarks on the iris in order to align the laser properly for treatment. The eye can rotate several degrees between mapping and surgery, but with iris registration this is no longer a concern.

The results from custom LASIK eye surgery are impressive. This level of accuracy and precision provides you with the potential to achieve a level of vision that very often surpasses what can be achieved with glasses or contacts. With the CustomVue™ procedure, 98 percent of patients are able to achieve 20/20 vision or better without contacts, according to FDA studies.

Am I a Candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

Most individuals 18 years of age if strictly myopic and over 21 years old with myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism are candidates for laser vision correction. A patient’s vision must be stable for at least a year before undergoing laser vision correction. We offer a FREE consultation to determine if you are a candidate.

LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs

Is LASIK permanent?

The change to the shape of the cornea created by the LASIK procedure is permanent. However, the lens inside the eye continues to change due to the aging process. This is why many patients will need to start wearing glasses again in their 40’s and 50’s. Initially people will need to wear glasses for reading but often the patient will need to wear glasses for both reading and distance vision. When this occurs, it is likely that the patient may have the beginning of cataract formation.

What should I expect before LASIK and during my evaluations?

We offer a FREE consultation to determine if you are a candidate. You should expect to be in our office no longer than 30 minutes for that consultation. If you are a candidate for LASIK, you will be asked to not wear your contact lenses for two weeks leading up to your full LASIK evaluation. Wearing contact lenses changes the shape of the eye. By discontinuing contact lens wear, we will be able to obtain optimal measurements. During your pre-op evaluation you will be dilated, which could result in blurry vision for up to 24 hours. You should expect to be in our office for your pre-op for 1 ½ hours.

Will my LASIK eye surgery be performed in the office?

All exams and post ops are performed in our office. The actual LASIK procedure will be performed at our laser center, Suburban Excimer Laser Center. The address for the laser center is 3999 Dutchmans Lane, Medical Plaza 1, Suite LL-F.

How long does LASIK eye surgery take to perform?

The surgery itself only takes 1-2 minutes per eye. You will need to plan on being at the surgery center for 1 hour the day of surgery. This will allow our staff to retake and confirm all measurements and to prepare you for the procedure.

What is the recovery time for LASIK?

Typically, most people can go back to work the day after having the procedure. Most people that have LASIK done see well enough that they can drive the day after the procedure. The main restrictions are no swimming for one week, no make-up for one week and you must avoid any eye rubbing for one week.

How old do you have to be to get LASIK?

The FDA mandates that near-sighted patients must be 18 years of age prior to having LASIK and their prescription cannot have changed more than a half diopter in the previous 12 months. If the patient has nearsightedness and significant astigmatism, the patient must be 21 with a stable prescription prior to the procedure.

What type of anesthesia does Dr. Burns use for LASIK eye surgery?

You will be awake and comfortable during the procedure. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. You will also be given Xanax prior to the procedure to help calm any nerves.

How many appointments will I need after LASIK eye surgery?

After your LASIK procedure you will need to return to our office the following day and then at 1 week, 3 week and 3 months following the procedure. You will see Dr. Burns at every appointment before and after your procedure.

Does LASIK eye surgery hurt afterwards?

No, having LASIK eye surgery typically does not cause pain. It can cause a foreign-body sensation, causing the eyes to feel scratchy afterwards, which is mainly from dryness. Sometimes patients will have light-sensitivity for a couple of hours after the procedure. Dr Burns will recommend either an over-the-counter, preservative free eye drop or a prescription eye drop to help with the irritation.

What is the main risk of having LASIK?

There is less than a 1 in 1000 chance of having a vision-threatening complication from LASIK. Dr. Burns will discuss the risks and benefits with you during your pre-op appointment. Each patient is different, but possible side effects are dry eyes, halos and starbursts. Dr. Burns sees every patient before and after surgery.

How long will it take my vision to clear after LASIK eye surgery?

Most people notice a great difference at their one day postop appointment, but vision can sometimes flucuate for a few weeks.

How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

The first step is to schedule your free LASIK evaluation to discuss if you would be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If so, we will schedule you to come back for a full dilated exam prior to scheduling LASIK eye surgery.

How long do LASIK eye surgery results last?

LASIK correction usually lasts for many years but there are some patients who may require enhancement treatments. Usually enhancements are done in the first 3 months after the original surgery. Many patients develop cataracts years after LASIK and these patients can undergo cataract surgery which often will provide much clearer vision.

If I decide to have LASIK performed, will my insurance cover any of the cost?

No, unfortunately insurance does not cover LASIK. Your cost at our office will be $1795.00 per eye.

Is there financing available for LASIK?

We offer multiple payment options, including financing thru Care Credit financing. They offer up to 24 months interest free.

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