Is LASIK Right for You?
Do you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms?
Nearsightedness, or myopia, makes it difficult to see objects far away.
Farsightedness, or hyperopia, makes distant objects seem clearer than objects that are near.
Astigmatism is caused when the shape of the cornea
or the eye’s natural lens is somewhat oval. This creates blurred vision both distance and near.
Presbyopia occurs as we age. It leads to blurred vision at near, usually after 40 years of age. It causes you to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly.
What Results are Possible?
LASIK can provide a long-lasting alternative to eyeglasses or contacts but end-results can vary between patients.
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Dr. Bigles is the best…He takes very good care of our eyes. The staff is always friendly and very helpful.G.B.
Had cataract surgery. Dr. Bigles was amazing. Please if anyone is worried or scared about cataract surgery just make an appointment with him. He will quiet your fears.N.W.
Dr. Bigles is awesome! His surgical staff is wonderful and they were all very reassuring and supportive when I had my cataract surgery last year. Very caring and compassionate!M.S.
The BEST ophthalmology practice in Georgia! I love all the doctors there and the staff go out of their way to make your experience amazing! I will not trust my vision or my family’s eye care with anyone else!B.A.
Dr. Bigles is the best eye doctor I have ever been to. He patiently and kindly helped me through a very tough time in my life when I had corneal erosions in both eyes. He saved my life when he performed surgery on both eyes. Dr. B you are the best!C.S.
Excellent care. Never was treated so nicely or the same in The Bronx N.Y. Can’t wait for my next appointment. Great job everyone.D.T.
When the day came glasses/contacts were no longer sufficient options, Dr. Bigles assured me Multifocal Lens replacement was the answer. For the first time in my life, I have no glasses, no contacts, colors are more vivid, everything is crystal clear. The gift of sight is priceless.C.M.
LASIK Surgery is Quick and Painless.
This outpatient procedure takes about 1 minute of surgical time per eye.
LASIK, commonly referred to simply as laser eye surgery, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. LASIK is an outpatient procedure performed by a trained ophthalmologist using a laser. This laser is used to reshape the cornea (the front part of the eye) in order to improve visual acuity (the clearness and sharpness of the image that you see). LASIK is similar to other surgical corrective procedures such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), also called SA (Surface Ablation) but provides benefits such as reduced pain and quicker recovery.
Before choosing to have elective LASIK vision correction surgery, it is essential that you have a comprehensive eye exam as part of your free LASIK consultation. During the exam, your doctor will determine your eyeglass prescription and evaluate the health of your eyes to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your pupils may be dilated during this exam both to thoroughly examine the interior of your eyes and to relax the focusing mechanism of the eye to get the most accurate measurement of your refractive error. Once you are approved for LASIK, you can be scheduled for the procedure in a separate appointment.
You can schedule an appointment for a free LASIK consultation by calling 770-786-1234
Bigles Laser Vision uses two types of lasers in the LASIK procedure.
– The Ziemer Z8 is used to perform Z-LASIK® where a thin flap is created across the outermost surface of the cornea (the front part of the eye). That flap is then flipped back in order to access the inner cornea.
The Allegretto WAVELIGHT® laser is then used to finely reshape the inner cornea. The flap is then placed back into the proper position.
The Ziemer Z8 is manufactured in Switzerland, while the Allegretto WAVELIGHT was created in Germany. These two laser platforms represent the most current, state-of-the-art technology. Bigles Laser Vision has one of only two Ziemer Z8 lasers in the state, and Dr. Bigles is a fellowship-trained refractive surgeon who has mastered the most advanced blade-free LASIK techniques.
Our Patient-Centric Approach to Treatment
Georgia Ophthalmologists believes that your comfort is an essential part of having a positive experience while under our care. Furthermore, we are committed to improving and preserving your
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Dr. Jose Bigles
Dr. Jose Bigles is a fellowship trained refractive surgeon who has mastered the Blade-free LASIK technique. If you have questions about whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK, please contact our office for a complimentary LASIK consultation.LEARN MORE
Is the surgery painful?
In most cases, LASIK does not hurt during or immediately after the procedure, although during the procedure, you may feel some pressure on your eyes. Before your LASIK eye surgery begins, numbing eye drops are used to alleviate any pain or discomfort to the eye during the procedure. Your eye surgeon may also provide you with medication to help you relax.
Where will my laser eye surgery be performed, and how long will my recovery be?
LASIK is an out-patient surgical procedure performed onsite at Georgia Ophthalmologists’s very own laser surgery suite, located at Bigles Laser Vision in Athens. You will spend approximately 15 minutes in the laser suite, although the LASIK procedure itself takes less than 1 minute per eye. Adding in pre-surgery preparation and onsite recovery, you should plan to be at the surgery center approximately 2 to 3 hours..
LASIK eye surgery requires only topical anesthetic drops. After the laser reshapes the cornea, the flap is replaced and serves as a natural bandage for the healing process.
Is LASIK expensive?
Many LASIK centers advertise a “rock-bottom” price for vision correction, however, most of these surgeons are still using a scalpel and older technology. Often, the advertised low price is a tactic to get a patient into the office, where the patient then finds that there are many options and additional charges that drive the cost up. At Bigles Laser Vision, we only use the most advanced “blade-free” techniques.
Part of the free consultation offered by Georgia Ophthalmologists is a discussion of price, and there are many options for payment plans that make the procedure affordable to our patients.
How long does LASIK last?
In most cases, LASIK surgery provides leads to permanently improved #VisionfoLife. In a limited number of cases, usually due to changes that can occur in the natural lens inside the eye, with or without LASIK surgery, some nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism can return over time, causing blurry vision. If a regression of this sort occurs and becomes bothersome, a follow-up procedure, called a LASIK enhancement, can usually be performed to restore clear vision.
A long-term study published in American Journal of Ophthalmology found that among patients who underwent LASIK surgery for the correction of up to -10.0 D of myopia, within 10 years, only about 6% chose to undergo a LASIK enhancement due to myopic regression.
In many cases, people who experience minor refractive changes after LASIK aren’t bothered by the change and don’t feel a need for additional vision correction. Others choose to wear prescription eyeglasses only for specific activities (driving at night, for example), and some choose to have an enhancement surgery performed.
Are there risks involved?
Since LASIK was FDA approved in 1998, the procedure has continued to improve, with advancements in supporting technology and surgeon skill. Thanks to LASIK, today millions of people throughout the world are less dependent on glasses or contact lenses. Still, the decision to have LASIK should be approached with caution. As with any surgery, there are potential risks, and a thorough discussion with your eye surgeon can help you make an educated decision