Welcome, Eye Associates of Tallahassee, where advanced technology meets surgical expertise to provide our patients with the very best iLASIK surgical outcome. Eye Associates of Tallahassee is the first ophthalmic center in Tallahassee and its surrounding areas to offer iLASIK, Intralase method or blade-free LASIK. Only the iLASIK procedure is 100% custom fit to you and your eyes from start to finish. The precision of this method is remarkable and can reduce or even eliminate the reliance on glasses and contacts. iLASIK is so clinically beneficial that we use it for every iLASIK patient for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Deanna Louie is a board-certified Ophthalmologist with multiple specialties and the only surgeon in the Tallahassee area currently providing the Intralase Customvue LASIK Eye Surgery. Dr. Louie is well known for her expertise, impressive credentials and conservative approach in order to provide the best surgical outcome for each patient. Her mission truly is your best vision.
What To Expect During Your Consultation
You will begin your exciting journey by first visiting our practice for your consultation. During the comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will determine your eyeglass prescription and evaluate the health of your eyes to make sure you are a good candidate for iLASIK. Your pupils will be dilated during this exam — both to thoroughly examine the interior of your eyes and to relax the focusing mechanism of the eye to get the most accurate measurement of your refractive error. During the pre-op consultation, additional measurements of your eyes will be taken to confirm you are a good candidate for the procedure. In particular, because LASIK Eye Surgery reshapes the clear front surface of the eye (cornea), detailed corneal topography measurements of the shape and thickness of your corneas will be performed to confirm it is safe for you to have iLASIK surgery. Also, wavefront measurements will be conducted to determine the type and amount of higher-order aberrations in your eyes and whether a custom iLASIK procedure is advisable.
An analysis of your tear film will be performed to detect any possible dry eye problems and treat them prior to iLASIK surgery to avoid dryness-related complications. Also, a close inspection of your eyelids will be performed to detect and treat any blepharitis that could increase your risk of iLASIK complications. A simple test to determine your dominant eye also will be performed. This is especially important if you have presbyopia and are considering monovision iLASIK or multifocal LASIK so you have less need for reading glasses after surgery. If it is determined during your eye exam or pre-op consultation that you are not a good candidate for LASIK, your eye doctor might recommend an alternative vision correction procedure, which might be a better procedure for your specific needs. Our highly trained staff works to ensure our patients receive the very best patient care and service. Please allow 1-2 hours for your appointment and leave time for possible delays. Rest assured that all of our patients receive the time needed for proper assessment and treatment.
We ask all that patients discontinue wearing their contact lenses 2-4 weeks prior to their visit (depending on the type of contacts) to obtain correct and accurate results. The price for high-quality LASIK Eye Surgery is immeasurable but the cost ranges between $2,000-$2,400 per eye. This includes the cost of your surgery and all follow-up care from your procedure for up to one year. We do offer financing options through Care Credit (approval required). Please feel free to speak with our LASIK Coordinator regarding any questions and to schedule your appointment.
For additional information on the risk of iLASIK and important information to potential patients, please click on the link below provided by the FDA. FDA LASIK
What Is LASIK And iLASIK And How Does It Work?
One size does not fit all when it comes to your laser vision correction. Your experience at Eye Associates of Tallahassee will be completely customized with the following iLASIK technologies:
- VISX Wavescan WaveFront™ Diagnostics
- IntraLase™ Femtosecond Laser
- VISX Star S4 Iris Registration™ Excimer Laser
- VISX Advanced CustomVue™ Treatment
This technology allows for unprecedented accuracy making it possible for the actual laser treatment to be fully tailored to the unique characteristics of each of your eyes. This precision in measurement and treatment can enable you to achieve the very best vision possible. Here’s how it works:
1. Customized Measurements
iLASIK addresses the uniqueness of your eyes, from the individual curvature of your corneas to the microscopic nuances of your anatomy. Wavescan 3D mapping creates a blueprint of your eye and Iris Registration reads the specific characteristics of your iris to accurately align the Wavefront treatment.
2. Laser-Created Flaps
The IntraLase FS laser is a computer-guided, ultra-fast laser that is used to create the thin corneal flap for the iLASIK procedure. The IntraLase FS creates an optimal surface below the flap, allowing better visual outcomes. In clinical studies, more patients achieved 20/20 vision or better with procedures that incorporate the IntraLase technique. This technique avoids the risks associated with using a blade to create the flap such as a buttonhole or free cap which could require that the procedure is halted.
3. Wavefront-Guided Vision Correction
The VISX Star S4 CustomVue excimer laser is utilized to perform your laser treatment. It offers the most precise form of laser vision correction available today. Three-dimensional eye-tracking through the VISX Iris Registration ensures that even if your eye moves, your treatment remains exact and specific to your customized Tallahassee iLASIK procedure.
iLASIK is the final frontier of LASIK Eye Surgery
NASA and all branches of the U.S. Military have approved iLASIK for their servicemen and women, including Naval aviators and Air Force pilots, due to years of research and recent advancements in bladeless LASIK technology. The studies have demonstrated superior safety and vision even in harsh combat conditions.