Congratulations! You’ve decided to investigate laser vision correction, or LASIK. We know how overwhelming it can be to not only research your procedure options, but to select a qualified LASIK surgeon that you feel comfortable and confident with. Like any surgery, the experience of the doctor is the most important factor in achieving the best results. Do your homework, and confidently select a qualified surgeon you trust.
The Minneapolis LASIK professionals at Minnesota Eye Consultants would be honored to help you meet your goal of improved vision. We are widely regarded as the premier LASIK surgery providers in Minnesota, and our physicians are international experts in their fields with a comprehensive understanding of the whole health and function of the eye – cornea, glaucoma, cataract, dry eye and oculoplastics.
Listen to what our patients are saying about LASIK eye surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants.
The benefits of laser vision correction couldn’t be clearer: freedom from the irritations, dependence and expense of glasses and contacts. Imagine not having to reach for your glasses to read the clock on your nightstand, or fumble around with contact lenses in the morning and before bed. Sports and outdoor activities can be accessible and easy without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. LASIK is an acronym for Laser In-situ Keratomileusis, which means “to shape the cornea with a laser”. In practice, LASIK reshapes the cornea (the eye’s clear outer window) so that light rays focus more precisely on the retina at the back of the eye. LASIK is commonly performed to treat Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism.
Nearsightedness (also referred to as Myopia) is when the eye is shaped too long, causing the light rays to fall in front of the retina. Patients who suffer from nearsightedness have a difficult time seeing objects at a distance. The laser will treat nearsightedness by removing tiny amounts of tissue from the center of the eye, creating a flatter cornea.
Farsightedness (or Hyperopia) is when the cornea is too flat, causing the light to focus beyond the retina. Patients will have a difficult time seeing objects up close, but LASIK can correct this by removing tissue from the outer part of the cornea.
Astigmatism is very common and occurs when the eye ball is shaped more like a football than a baseball. This causes the light to fall on various points of the retina, causing blurry vision. The laser can selectively remove tissue in certain areas to create a more spherical shape to the eye.
We encourage you to view LASIK surgery as an important medical decision, and not an assembly line procedure. As with any surgery, there are potential risks. You can take comfort in knowing that the complication rate for LASIK is very low, making it one of the safest surgical procedures around.
We would be thrilled to meet you in one of our Minneapolis – area locations to discuss your LASIK vision goals and candidacy, and answer any questions you have as you continue on this journey to better vision. Thanks to the latest advances in lasers and surgical procedures, we’re thrilled to offer several alternative refractive procedures to patients who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK. Your refractive surgeon will gladly discuss what procedure is right for you.
Our LASIK Surgeons
Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.
Thomas W. Samuelson, M.D.
David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Elizabeth A. Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S.