Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) corrects vision by reshaping the corneal tissue beneath the surface of the cornea rather than on the surface, like PRK. LASIK combines the accuracy of the Excimer laser with the healing benefits of a surgical procedure called Lamellar Keratoplasty, which has been performed since 1949. LASIK allows faster and more predictable correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism than PRK.

LASIK Technique

After the eye has been numbed with drops, an eyelid holder is placed between the lids to prevent blinking. A microkeratome then creates a corneal "flap". During this process you may feel a little pressure, but usually no significant discomfort. The "flap" is then gently lifted and folded over to the side. As you look at a target light, the laser painlessly reshapes the cornea. Just like in PRK, the cornea is made flatter to correct nearsightedness, steeper to correct farsightedness and rounder to treat astigmatism. The protective flap is then placed back over the treated area where it bonds with the reshaped cornea, eliminating the need for 'bandage' contact lenses or stitches.

Because LASIK is performed under a protective layer of tissue, there is less surface area to heal, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative discomfort, less need for postoperative medication, and vision returns more rapidly.

Find out if you're a candidate for LASIK surgery - schedule a consultation today! Temas Eye Center requires a minimum age of 21 for all LASIK patients. Patients under the age of 25 must present proof of unchanged vision prescription for at least two years.

What to ask about your LASIK surgeon

Always ask these questions about your surgeon:

How long has the surgeon been performing refractive surgery?
At Temas Eye Center, we have been performing refractive surgery for more than 20 years.

What is the surgeon's re-operation rate?
Temas Eye Center's rate is only 1.5% we do it right the first time! Multiple surgeries can lead to permanently reduced vision.

What is the infection rate?
Temas Eye Center has maintained a 0% infection rate since we began performing refractive surgery in 1991.

Does the surgeon live in the area or just "show up" on the surgery day?
All of Temas Eye Center's doctors live in the Winston-Salem area and are proud to be a part of our community.


Not every laser is equal.

Not every surgeon is equal.

At Temas Eye Center, you will receive care unmatched by any other surgical group in the area. When researching surgery, remember: you wouldn't want a discount surgeon performing your brain surgery, so don't choose a discount operation to fix one of your most important senses - your sight. Bad surgery is no bargain at any price.


Featured Testimonial:

I couldn't have asked for better treatment or outcome.  The staff at both your office and the surgical center are superior by every measure.  They are professional, knowledgeable and respectful of all patients.  It was almost a fun experience!  Although the cataracts in both eyes had impaired my vision, the thought of eye surgery was scary.  But - my fears were all for "naught" - it was such a quick, PAINLESS procedure, I wondered why I had waited so long!

- Carol V.