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LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a highly effective outpatient procedure that uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye.

Adler Eye Associates is an affiliate of the Raleigh TLC Laser Eye Care Center. Not only have Doctors Adler, Stamps and Prajapati been trained and certified in all aspects of refractive surgery by The Laser Center, Dr. Adler is on the TLC advisory board and Dr. Prajapati is the Clinic Director of the TCL Laser Eye Center.

At Adler Eye Associates, we spend the extra time to provide you with all the information you need to decide which procedure is right for you and which laser center and surgeon are best for your procedure. Our doctors will do your Pre-op and Post-op examinations and provide information to the surgeon on the day of your surgery. This allows you to receive all the personal attention and information you desire in a comfortable environment. Our office is dedicated to helping you make the Laser correction procedure a pleasant and memorable experience.

Am I a good candidate?
The ideal candidate is at least 18 years old, in good general health, and has good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. Laser vision correction can treat a very broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In most cases, even patients with the most severe degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can be treated. Good candidates must have realistic expectations about visual outcome and post-operative healing.

To find out if laser vision correction is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. At the consultation your doctor will confirm if you are a good candidate, explain the procedure, and answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision. He or she will explain what results you can reasonably expect by measuring your prescription and thoroughly examining your eyes. Even if you're not a candidate now, you may become one in the future.

Laser vision correction isn't for everyone. Some patients (for example those with corneal or retinal diseases) will never be candidates. The best way for you to determine this is with a thorough exam from your eye doctor. It is important for anyone interested in refractive surgery to understand that having laser vision correction is a process, not an event.

What kind of results can I expect?
While laser vision correction has proven overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses, the degree of improvement may vary among individuals. How well and how quickly your vision improves depends on how well you heal and the severity of your prescription.

Although we can't promise patients "perfect" or 20/20 vision most laser patients with mild to moderate prescriptions do achieve 20/20 vision or are within 1 to 2 lines of 20/20 vision on an eye chart. This means they no longer need glasses or contacts to drive, play sports, watch movies and TV, or participate in careers requiring excellent vision, such as police and fire departments.

Will my vision be corrected forever?
People often ask how long the benefits of their procedure will last. Laser vision correction has been common in many countries around the world since the late 1980's. In addition, many clinical studies have analyzed the long-term effects of the excimer laser on the cornea. Every study performed so far has shown without exception that there are no long-term negative effects of the laser on the eye's integrity or strength.

The first nearsighted patient's eye ever treated with laser vision correction was in the United States in 1987. That patient achieved 20/20 vision following treatment and is still 20/20 more than a decade later. Today, most experts around the world are confident that they will discover no long-term problems with laser vision correction.

What does the cost of the procedure cover?
The cost of LASIK covers the following services:
a) The pre-procedure consultation.
b) The laser procedure, and initial standard medications and eye drops.
c) Post-procedure care that includes eye care examinations for 12-months following the procedure.

Is laser vision correction covered by insurance or flexible benefits programs?
Most insurance companies do not cover laser vision correction, but we encourage you to check with your provider. While this procedure is often deemed elective and not covered, it may be tax deductible depending on your filing status. Please consult your accountant. In the U.S., if your company has a flexible benefits
program, you can usually use this for laser vision correction. Also, there are many payment options available to you.

Will the procedure hurt?
The LASIK procedure itself is completely painless. There are no needles. Instead, anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye just before surgery begins. After your procedure, your eye may feel a foreign body sensation or irritation for a few hours, but most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap.
You will be given drops for your eyes to counteract the potential dryness you may experience for several days following the surgery.

What will my recovery be like?
Most LASIK patients usually see quite well the day following their procedure and may be able to resume most of their normal daily activities, but patients with higher prescriptions may recover more slowly. Although the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns, most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following their procedure.

Are there any risks?
There are risks of having a laser vision correction procedure. However, the chance of having a vision-reducing complication has been documented in a number of clinical studies to be less than 1%. There have been no reported cases of blindness resulting from laser vision correction. The potential complications will be discussed in detail at your consultation.

Why did Adler Eye Associates choose TLC Laser Eye Centers?
TLC's commitment to high quality patient care and their affiliation with the best eye doctors have made them North America's largest provider of laser vision correction services. TLC doctors have performed laser vision correction procedures since 1991. Their vast clinical experience and impressive results have earned TLC an international reputation for excellence.

TLC doctors were the first in Canada and the U.S. to perform the LASIK procedure and were pioneers in its development. Every month, patients come from all around the world to TLC centers for treatment. They have treated professional and Olympic athletes, pilots, fire fighters, police officers and hundreds of eye doctors and other physicians. The doctors and the staff in TLC centers understand how important the decision to have laser vision correction can be. Many of them have had the procedure themselves, and you can depend on them to provide the time, attention and information you need to make the choice that's right and comfortable for you.

With their experience and warmth, you will feel relaxed, supported, and informed each step of the way. You can see their dedication to patients in The Lifetime Commitment - the first program to help distance vision patients maintain their best possible vision forever. Already, thousands have enjoyed the security of knowing that TLC stands behind their results for life. With a network of over 50 TLC Centers across North America, TLC is near you no matter where you live or travel. When you choose TLC, you will be confident that we can take care of you for life.

To learn more about Lasik Eye Surgery and the TLC Laser Eye Care Center of Raleigh please visit the Raleigh TLC Laser Eye Care Center web site.