Laser Vision Correction
We are very excited you have chosen Hunkeler Eye Institute to help you explore your vision correction options. The information gathering process can leave patients overwhelmed, confused, or even scared. Our goal is to instead leave you informed, comfortable, and excited about your vision potential.
Vision correction is match making process. For many, contacts or glasses are an excellent match. With the latest advances in lasers and surgical procedures there are several other options available to correct vision problems, as well. LASIK, PRK, phakic intraocular lenses, and refractive lens surgery with presbyopia- or astigmatism-correcting intraocular lenses are just a few of the choices you have.
At Hunkeler Eye Institute, we have the ability to offer all of these services, leaving you free to choose without external pressure. We will meticulously evaluate your eyes, learn about your individual needs, and together we will help you choose the best match to achieve your vision needs.
During a free LASIK or “Refractive” evaluation at Hunkeler Eye Institute, we take the time to extensively examine your eyes, learn about your individual needs and vision goals, and help you find the ideal match to achieve the vision you have always wanted.
Should you decide LASIK or another refractive procedure is your match, we strongly recommend you select a skilled surgeon with a commitment to technology and training. Our office was the first iLASIK provider in the Kansas City metropolitan area and continue to evaluate, utilize, and participate in the innovation of the most cutting edge technologies and techniques. Our office has performed thousands of refractive surgical procedures and is now led by Dr. Dustin McKnight, a board certified Ophthalmologist with additional extensive training in refractive surgery.
We will also discuss potential risks. We encourage you to view LASIK surgery as an important medical decision, and not an assembly line procedure. But also take comfort in knowing that the complication rate for LASIK and other refractive procedures is very low, making them among the safest surgical procedures around.
Many patients will identify refractive surgery or LASIK as one of the most meaningful and life changing decisions they have made. We look forward to meeting you, learning about you, and helping you find your refractive surgery match.
All about LASIK:
One of the most popular ways to correct vision is with a procedure called LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis), which uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea (outer window of the eye). LASIK has quickly become the procedure of choice for most patients because they recover quickly and have fewer side effects and complications than with other methods of vision correction. In fact, most LASIK patients notice a significant improvement in their vision soon after surgery. LASIK removes tissue within the cornea to treat low to high levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
To treat nearsightedness, the steep cornea is made flatter by removing tissue from the center of the cornea. This moves the point of focus from in front of the retina to directly on the retina.
To treat farsightedness, the flat cornea is made steeper by removing tissue outside of the central optical zone of the cornea. This moves the point of focus from behind the retina to directly on the retina.
To treat astigmatism, the cornea is made more spherical -- like a basketball instead of a football. This eliminates multiple focusing points within the eye and creates one point of focus on the retina. Astigmatism can be treated at the same time as nearsightedness and farsightedness.
LASIK is for those who:
- want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts
- are at least 18 years of age
- have had a stable eye prescription for at least one year
- have no health issues affecting their eyes
- have no signs of glaucoma or cataracts