How LASIK Works

We offer LASIK eye surgery and evaluations at our Hampton Roads practice in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach as a way to improve or completely rectify refractive errors.

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LASIK eye surgery procedure

LASIK is a quick procedure, requiring no more than 15 minutes to complete in most cases. Before surgery, the surgeon numbs the eye with topical anesthetic eye drops. Using blade-free Intralase technology, the eye surgeon creates a hinged flap on the corneal surface, which he folds back to expose the inner corneal tissue. A computer controlled excimer laser then removes the pre-determined amount of corneal tissue, reshaping the cornea and repairing the refractive error. After the appropriate correction has been made, the surgeon simply returns the flap to its original position. Although some patients report a sensation of pressure, the procedure is painless.

Patients will wear a clear eye shield following the surgery to protect the corneal flap from irritation, but no stitches are required because the corneal flap heals without any assistance. Most patients notice improved vision immediately after the procedure.

Before LASIK eye surgery, a surgeon from our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake offices will perform a pre-operative consultation. During this appointment, the surgeon will assess the patient’s refractive error and determine if he or she is a good candidate for the procedures. The surgeon will also design an effective surgical plan. For nearsighted patients, the cornea is made flatter by removing tissue from the center of the cornea. For farsighted patients, the surgeon removes an appropriate amount of tissue from the sides of the cornea, steepening the curvature of the cornea. Astigmatism requires that the oblong surface of cornea be reshaped into a spherical form. The surgeon accomplishes this by removing more tissue from one side than the other.


We perform hundreds of traditional and custom LASIK procedures at our facility in Chesapeake, Virginia each year.


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In general, this procedure is considered extremely safe and effective; to date, our patients have reported an impressively high satisfaction rate. With the innovative advancements in technology, it continues to evolve into a safer, more effective procedure. Across the country, doctors report complications in less than 1 percent of patients who undergo ocular operations. However, it is important for all candidates to be familiar with the risks associated with this procedure.

Below are the most common risks associated with the operations:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Halos, glare and starbursts
  • Irregular problems this occurs if the cornea's surface heals unevenly
  • Regression
  • Contrast sensitivity: patients may not be able to see as clearly at night
  • Flap complications
  • Dry Eyes

Fortunately, most side effects will naturally dissipate six months after the procedure. However, if symptoms do persist, many can be corrected with a touch-up procedure. If you are considering traditional or custom LASIK treatments, contact our laser vision coordinators in Chesapeake to arrange a FREE consultation and start down the path toward optimal visual acuity. Your source for LASIK Chesapeake!

Questions To Ask Your Virginia LASIK surgeon

  • What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
  • What is your success rate? How is LASIK success determined?
  • How many LASIK procedures have you performed?
  • What makes a great LASIK surgeon?
  • What is your education and LASIK training?
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