What is laser eye surgery (LASIK, PRK, etc.)?

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Sight isn’t everyone’s strong point — but it is our dominant sense. The freedom to participate in our daily activities can be disrupted if we’re forced to wear glasses or contact lenses. Visual freedom is possible thanks to medical advancements, and laser vision correction is a gentle and effective way to meet your lifestyle needs.

Refractive errors (eye focusing conditions) such as myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism are extremely common. Today, most vision disorders can be effectively treated with modern laser vision correction methods.

If you are over the age of 18, not pregnant, suffer from short-sightedness, long-sightedness and/or astigmatism, and your prescription has been stable for the past 12 months, then laser eye surgery may be right for you.

What are my laser eye surgery options?

There are three treatment options available to those who qualify for laser eye surgery. All three offer great outcomes for most patients. All laser eye surgery procedures achieve clear vision by reshaping the cornea. An EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa consultation will inform you of which procedures may be appropriate, depending on your prescription and overall eye health. 

EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa and TLC Laser Eye Centers together provides the most technologically advanced laser refractive eye surgery center in northeastern Oklahoma. Our team of experienced of eye specialists have performed thousands of procedures: and with the very latest in LASIK technology, you’re in safe hands.

TLC Lifetime Commitment®

We have incredible confidence in the stability of the results achieved by patients who have LASIK at a TLC Laser Eye Center, and we stand behind those vision results. The TLC Lifetime Commitment® program helps patients who choose TLC maintain the best possible vision throughout their lives.

    LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) – Flap Surgery

    LASIK remains the world’s most commonly performed surgery for correcting vision. With its wide treatment range and visual recovery speed, LASIK is backed by demonstrated technology and results.S

    LASIK at a glance


    • Poses little or no postoperative pain and discomfort.
    • Recovery of vision is rapid — many patients have corrected vision within 24 hours of surgery.
    • LASIK can increase dry eye symptoms in patients who are predisposed to this problem.
    • A tissue flap is created with a precision femtosecond laser.
    • If the outcome of the initial procedure does not meet expectations, a retreatment can be performed.
    • Covers a wide prescription range.
    • Most popular and widely performed laser vision correction procedure.
    • Optimal outcomes for vision correction.


    PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) – Surface Laser Ablation

    PRK (also known as ASLA) was the first type of laser eye surgery available for vision correction. Though PRK recovery time is somewhat longer than alternative surgeries, PRK is still widely performed, offering a number of advantages over other treatment options for some recipients. 

    PRK at a glance


    •  PRK laser performs with the highest level of safety, efficiency and predictability.
    • Gently removes corneal tissue without creating a flap of corneal tissue (flap surgery is an unrealistic procedure for thin corneas).
    • Much like its succeeding procedures, PRK uses a state-of-the art laser beam to alter the top layer of corneal cells.
    • Suitable for thinner and irregular shaped corneas, and may be possible for patients with mild dry eye symptoms.
    • PRK has a slower recovery time and patients may experience some temporary discomfort as the cells heal.
    • The end visual outcome of PRK is excellent (same result as LASIK).

    Meet Your Surgeon

    Dr. Dan Langley, D.O., F.A.O.C.O.

    Board Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon

    An internationally recognized Board Certified Ophthalmology Fellow. He is highly skilled in a vast array of complex surgical procedures such as cataract, refractive, and oculoplastic procedures. Certified by a multiple laser platform, he performs the “Blade Free/All Laser” LASIK procedure and is also uniquely trained in surgical treatments for glaucoma, keratoconus, and presbyopia. Always at the forefront of innovation, Dr. Langley is the only Oklahoma FDA investigator for the new Refocus presVIEW scleral spacing procedure to treat presbyopia and is the first doctor in Eastern Oklahoma to use the Glaukos iStent and Trulign/Staar toric lenses. He is one of a few eye surgeons in the state certified to perform the Visian implantable contact lens (ICL) procedure as well as INTACS corneal implants.

    Originally from Edmonds, Washington, Dr. Langley graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University where he played football and was an active member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. In 2002, Dr. Langley graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and then completed his ophthalmology training in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his residency Dr. Langley earned awards for excellence in refractive and cataract surgery from Triad Eye Laser Center and Oklahoma State University’s Department of Surgery. Upon completion of his residency Dr. Langley also received the Lifelong Education award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.

    Previously he was Assistant Professor of Surgery and Clinical Director for the Department of Ophthalmology for the OSU Medical Center where he trained ophthalmology residents. His passion for restoring eye health does not stop there, for the last 5 years Dr. Langley has been one of the lead surgeons for a medical mission trip to Piura, Peru performing hundreds of surgical procedures for the Peruvian Catholic community. He has been named Best of the Best in Ophthalmology for the last six years, and has been one of the Top 40 professionals under 40 for Oklahoma Magazine and Tulsa Business Journal.