Am I a Candidate?
Even if you have been told you are not a candidate, visit Newsom Eye for a second opinion. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK is a free consultation with an actual eye surgeon to review your surgical options. The doctor will develop a high tech map of your actual eye to help you make the best decision for your vision. Newsom Eye bladeless LASIK surgery can correct the abnormal focusing of the eye whether nearsighted, farsighted or in case of astigmatism. The initial consultation is free so contact us today.
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Lasik Myths and Misunderstandings
LASIK has grown tremendously over the years with over 1 million procedures performed per year in America. Countless testimonies from athletes and celebrities tout the effectiveness of LASIK surgery. However, there are several major myths about LASIK surgery, including:
- Excellent surgeons tend to be overlooked with consumers believing the lasers do all the work and the only difference between clinics is the price.
- Consumers are often led to believe that they will never need glasses or contacts again and that their eyesight will be permanently fixed at 20/20.
- Many patients incorrectly understand the effects of age on their eye sight and the common need for reading glasses even after LASIK.
There are many common misconceptions that are potentially dangerous. The ability and discipline of the surgeon is critical to the success of LASIK surgery. Excellent outcomes rely on the expertise of the medical professionals administering the procedures. LASIK has a lengthy learning curve and consistently good outcomes are gained only by complete mastery of the surgery details and the experience that comes after performing thousands of procedures. Furthermore, perfect visual outcomes are never guaranteed. As with any surgical procedure, there are limitations, risks and potential for side effects—even in the hands of highly experienced surgeons.
Enjoy a free consultation to talk with a surgeon regarding your individual circumstances. You should consider all your options, and the risks and benefits of each, before deciding on any laser procedure.
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Questions You Should Ask Your LASIK Surgeon
1. Will my procedure be performed in the safest environment possible?
Newsom Eye is leading the industry by only performing LASIK in its AAAHC accredited surgery center, the Tampa Surgery Center. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is the highest standard for promoting patient safety, quality, and value for ambulatory surgery. Others choose to bypass accreditation procedures by performing LASIK in facilities that have been converted to “clean room” status for surgery. Your eyes are precious and you deserve the same high standards you would expect of any surgical procedure.
2. Who staffs your LASIK suite?
The team at Newsom Eye includes registered nurses and certified technicians that are licensed in the state of Florida and have Basic Life Support (BLS) and Acute Cardiac Life Safety (ACLS) certifications. Any anesthesia is also provided on-site by a board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), to ensure your comfort. In addition to world-class physicians, the staff at Newsom Eye is second to none.
3. How is your LASIK suite climate controlled?
The Newsom Eye space at Tampa Surgery Center was designed and built by Dr. Newsom, with appropriate temperature and humidity controls in mind. The advanced laser technology at Newsom Eye requires careful environmental control. While other LASIK providers may have only secondarily placed controls to modify a space for laser use, the Tampa Surgery Center was designed and built by Dr. Newsom for eye surgery with appropriate temperature and humidity controls. The environmental controls are monitored on and offsite by environmental control professionals for accreditation purposes and laser stability, ensuring precise and accurate surgical results.
4. Is your technology all-laser, blade-free?
Newsom Eye uses the combination of the IntraLase™ and Allegretto WaveLight lasers, and exclusively offers all-laser, blade-free LASIK. While the bladed procedure is still offered by some discount LASIK providers, Newsom Eye has set the standards to combine safety with better visual outcomes by providing all-laser, blade-free LASIK.
5. Who uses and owns your lasers?
While some eye surgeons borrow equipment, or use portable lasers, Newsom Eye prefers the controlled environment of Tampa Surgery Center. With multiple practices using the same equipment, there is a greater risk of contamination or error. Newsom Eye uses their lasers exclusively, with all equipment being tightly monitored for precision performance. All lasers are used only by certified professionals in a climate controlled environment.