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"I had LASIK eye surgery in 2014. They explained every step of the process which was very reassuring. Every staff member that I had contact with was happy and helpful. I would highly recommend them. Their expertise and high standards for patient care can not be matched. [Carolina Vision Center] is the best!"

-Jessica B.

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What Is LASIK?
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is the most common type of refractive surgery. If the curvature of your cornea deviates from the ideal curvature, light entering your eye will bend (refract) incorrectly. This is known as a refractive error and can cause vision problems. For many patients, LASIK safely and successfully corrects the shape of the cornea, often allowing them to dispense with eyeglasses.
About the LASIK Procedure
Before starting the LASIK procedure, your ophthalmologist uses wavefront imaging technology to create a digital image, or map, of your eye’s refractive errors. He or she uses this information to calibrate the excimer laser used to reshape the curvature of the cornea.
The LASIK procedure itself is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 30 minutes. Your doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety medicine before the surgery starts. You’ll recline in a chair. The ophthalmologist uses eye drops to numb your eyes. Once numb, an instrument holds your eyelids open.

The eye surgeon uses a surgical blade (microkeratome) or, in bladeless LASIK, a femtosecond laser to create a small hinged flap in the front of your eye. This allows him or her to access the underlying corneal tissue. The ophthalmologist then uses the calibrated excimer laser to remove tiny particles of corneal tissue, thereby re-contouring the curvature of the cornea, which corrects the refractive error. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the newly shaped cornea, he or she puts the corneal flap back in its original place, where it will heal, without the need for stitches.

Patients treating both eyes with LASIK can usually have them done during the same appointment. You may have itchy, watery eyes and need pain medication immediately after surgery. You will likely notice a dramatic improvement in your vision within 24 to 48 hours after surgery and can usually resume your normal activities at that point. Over the next couple of months, your eyes will heal completely and your vision will stabilize. You will need to return to the office for follow-up appointments with your eye doctor.
Vision Problems That LASIK Improves
There are several types of refractive errors...
Myopia, or nearsightedness, typically occurs as the result of having a cornea that curves too sharply.

Hyperopia, or farsightedness, often means that the curvature of your cornea is too flat.

Unevenly curved corneas lead to astigmatism, which affects both your near and far vision. LASIK can address all these conditions.
Some people are better candidates for LASIK than others. For example, individuals with extreme refractive errors, severe dry eye or corneas that are too thin to withstand corneal flap creation may not be suitable candidates for LASIK. If you have heard that you are not an appropriate LASIK candidate, don’t worry. There are several alternative vision correction procedures that can help you reduce or eliminate your daily dependence on prescription lenses.
All surgeries carry risks. The risks associated with LASIK include:

Dry eyes. Following LASIK, patients may experience dry eyes; although this is usually temporary.

Undercorrection. If too little corneal tissue is removed, the visual outcome may not be ideal.

Overcorrection. Likewise, if too much corneal tissue is removed, the visual results may not be ideal. Overcorrection is more difficult to correct than undercorrection.

Regression. Sometimes, patients’ vision slowly returns to how it was before surgery.

Halos. For some, undergoing LASIK affects their night vision, causing glare and halos around lights.

Astigmatism. Uneven removal of corneal tissue may cause astigmatism.

Flap Issues. Rarely, problems with the corneal flap occur, potentially causing infection or inflammation in the eye. One way to reduce this surgical risk is to choose bladeless, or all-laser, LASIK. Using a laser instead of a microkeratome for corneal flap creation eliminates all risks associated with manual corneal flap creation.


Your LASIK Surgeon

Dr. Michael G. Woodcock

Dr. Woodock is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and long-standing member of the Society for Excellence in Eye Care. He is one of 13 primary investigators in the FDA study leading to the first commercial approval of LASIK in the United States; a pioneer in blade-free and advanced refractive surgeries. Dr. Woodcock has demonstrated and taught other surgeons how to perform LASIK and Cataract surgery and has accomplished over 70,000 refractive surgeries himself alone.
"Dr.Woodcock is the surgeon more eye doctors choose for themselves and their families!"

Surgery Information

Evaluation and Referral
LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery uses the latest advancements in technology to provide faster recovery times and precise results. LASIK eye surgery has been effective in treating myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and other eye conditions.
At Carolina Vision Center, we provide evaluations and referrals for patients interested in LASIK surgery. Dr. Woodcock will perform a complete review of your patient history as well as a full assessment of your eye health and vision. If you are considering LASIK, you will need to have a current exam to determine if you are a candidate for the surgery and if there are any other factors that may affect your results. The history review enables our ophthalmologist to determine if your prescription is stable and you are healthy enough to consider surgery.

Once Dr. Woodcock has performed the evaluation and determined whether you are a candidate for LASIK, our staff will perform advanced diagnostic testing and will evaluate your eligibility for surgery. Various surgery options will be discussed with you if you are determined to be a surgical candidate we will then schedule a date for your procedure. If you are considering LASIK surgery, call us at (910) 485-3937 to schedule a consultation.
Post-Operative Care
Once your surgery is scheduled, we will schedule follow-up appointments for you in our Fayetteville office. Typically, you will begin these follow-ups the day after the surgery and continue at prearranged times over the following six months.

A year after your surgery, a full exam is recommended to determine the long-term results of your procedure. Dr. Woodcock is experienced in working with patients both pre- and post-operation and will answer any questions that you have along the way.

If you have questions about LASIK surgery, call 910-405-7057 to speak with our knowledgeable staff or email us.
Advantages of LASIK Eye Surgery
If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for a long time, you may have wondered if LASIK surgery is a good choice for you. While not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, it does have some great advantages. People who play sports have allergies, or who are looking for simplicity will all benefit from LASIK.

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