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

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Out of all the five senses, vision 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 (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) 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 nearsightedness, farsightedness 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 treatment options available to those who qualify for laser eye surgery. All 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 provide the most technologically advanced laser refractive eye surgery center in northeastern Oklahoma. Our team of experienced eye specialists have performed thousands of procedures: and with the very latest in laser 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 or PRK 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 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 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

     

    • Gently removes corneal tissue without creating a flap (flap surgery is an unrealistic procedure for thin corneas).
    • PRK uses a state-of-the art laser beam to alter the top layer of corneal cells.
    • Suitable for thinner and irregular shaped corneas.
    • PRK has a slower recovery time and patients may experience some temporary discomfort.
    • The final visual outcome of PRK is excellent (same result as LASIK).

    Meet Your Surgeon

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

    Board Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon

    An internationally recognized ophthalmology fellow and expert in modern cataract surgery. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in cataract surgery, lens implants, and refractive surgeries such as laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and dysfunctional lens syndrome (DLS). Certified on the wavelight refractive suite, he performs the “Custom Bladeless LASIK” procedure and is also uniquely trained in surgical treatments for glaucoma and presbyopia. Always at the forefront of innovation, Dr. Langley is one of the first surgeons in Oklahoma to use Dropless,an injectable formulation (Tri-Moxi) administered during cataract surgery to reduce or eliminate the need for drops after cataract surgery. He was the first doctor in Eastern Oklahoma to use the Glaukos iStent for treating glaucoma and one of the first using the Symfony intraocular lens (IOL) for cataract lens replacement. 

    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 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. Dr Langley is also currently rated as one of the top ophthalmologists in the nation on Healthgrades.

    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, Dr. Langley spent 5 years as one of the lead surgeons for a medical mission trip to Piura,  Peru performing hundreds of surgical procedures for the Peruvian Catholic community.

    Dan Langley, D.O., F.A.O.C.O.
    Board Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon
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    An internationally recognized ophthalmology fellow and expert in modern cataract surgery. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist, specializing in cataract surgery, lens implants, and refractive surgeries such as laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and dysfunctional lens syndrome (DLS). Certified on the wavelight refractive suite, he performs the “Custom Bladeless LASIK” procedure and is also uniquely trained in surgical treatments for glaucoma and presbyopia. Always at the forefront of innovation, Dr. Langley is one of the first surgeons in Oklahoma to use Dropless,an injectable formulation (Tri-Moxi) administered during cataract surgery to reduce or eliminate the need for drops after cataract surgery. He was the first doctor in Eastern Oklahoma to use the Glaukos iStent for treating glaucoma and one of the first using the Symfony intraocular lens (IOL) for cataract lens replacement. 

    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 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. Dr Langley is also currently rated as one of the top ophthalmologists in the nation on Healthgrades.

    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, Dr. Langley spent 5 years as one of the lead surgeons for a medical mission trip to Piura,  Peru performing hundreds of surgical procedures for the Peruvian Catholic community.