MedStar Eye Institute is home to the MedStar LASIK Institute and features a state-of-the-art LASIK suite at our Bowie location, fully equipped with the most advanced technology to care for your eyes safely and effectively. Our surgeons have extensive experience in laser refractive surgery and routinely perform LASIK surgery, giving our patients a chance to have 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts.
Many people who are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses seek the help of refractive surgeons. Refractive surgery improves vision by correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. A high percentage of patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after their procedure.
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis. During the procedure, a thin flap is created on the cornea using a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser. This flap is then lifted, and an excimer laser reshapes corneal tissue to alter the way light enters the eye. The flap is then replaced. The entire procedure takes only 15-30 minutes per eye. Recovery time is also short, and improvement in vision can be seen within a day. Vision often continues to improve and stabilize for a few weeks.
To learn more about LASIK and other laser refractive surgeries, and to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, request an appointment today!