What is LASIK surgery?

LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses laser technology to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Refractive errors affect the eye’s ability to focus light and can occur when the cornea is misshapen.

During surgery, our ophthalmologists use a laser to remove corneal tissue from the eye, returning the cornea to its intended form. This laser guarantees greater precision and ease of access to the cornea.

What sets us apart?

Delaware Eye Care Center is unique in that we perform a version of LASIK called “Epi-LASIK”. The reason for this is simple: results. Epi-LASIK is special because it combines techniques of traditional LASIK and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), the original laser vision correction procedure that treated the surface of the cornea.

What are the advantages of Epi-LASIK?

  • Ability to treat more patients who were once considered less than ideal candidates for LASIK – those with thin corneas, occupations or lifestyles that involve the risk of trauma to the eye, or who have dry eyes.
  • Advanced technologies and techniques of the present day LASIK and PRK procedures.
  • Reduced post-operative discomfort and corneal haze that often follows PRK.
  • Reduced post-operative complications associated with traditional LASIK corneal flaps.

Find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK Surgery, take our interactive Self-Test

Is Epi-LASIK surgery right for me?

If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for Epi-LASIK. Schedule a consultation
  • Do you have trouble with depth perception?
  • Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?
  • Are you looking for the benefits of LASIK but can't have LASIK?


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the initial consultation take?
We ask patients to allot approximately 90 minutes for general consultations and annual assessments.
Do I have to be a certain age to have LASIK surgery?
Ideal LASIK candidates fall between the ages of 21 to 38. However, there are a variety of factors considered prior to the recommendation for LASIK surgery.

If you’re experiencing symptoms similar to that which is described above, please come in for a visit.
Can I have LASIK surgery performed if I recently changed my glasses prescription?
Typically, candidates for any refractive procedures must show little to no change in refraction (prescription) for at least 1 year. However, patients are still encouraged to come in for a visit so that our doctors gain a better understanding of your vision capabilities.
Is surgery painful?
Numbing drops are administered before surgery, so most of our patients report that this procedure is pain-free. However, mild discomfort is also possible with all corrective procedures.