Refractive Surgery (PRK, LASIK)

Refractive Surgery imporves 'uncorrected' vision by reshaping the surface of the eye (the Cornea) with a very precise 'cool' Excimer Laser. There are two basic techniques: PRK and LASIK.  Which procedure is best for you is determined by very special tests and examinations performed at Temas Eye Center.

The Excimer Laser can be used to correct: 




Laser corneal treatment lasts a 'lifetime'. Loss of the effect, or 'wearing off'  is VERY rare with the techniques used at Temas Eye Center.


PRK is used when LASIK would be unsafe to perform.  The eye is numbed with drops (no needles) and the surface cells are carefully cleaned off. The Excimer Laser is calibrated to your specific eye's prescription and used to reshape the top layers of the Cornea.  There is no discomfort from the laser since it is a 'cool' beam and the surface is numbed with drops. A 'bandage-type' contact lens is then placed onto the eye to assist healing.  Drops will be used to help prevent infection, reduce pain and encourage 'proper' healing. Over the next 3 to 4 months, visits will be scheduled to monitor your healing.  Only one eye is typically operated on at a time.


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.

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 mild pressure, but typically no significant discomfort. The 'Corneal Flap' is then gently 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 'Corneal 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.  Both eyes can be treated on the same day.

To find out if you're a candidate for Refractive 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 have a nearly unchanged vision prescription for at least two years to assure the procedure will 'last a lifetime').

What to ask about your LASIK surgeon

Always ask these questions about your surgeon:

How long has the surgeon been performing refractive surgery?

Temas Eye Center, was the first center to offer Refractivce Surgery and have been performing refractive surgery since 1991.

What is the surgeon's re-operation rate?
Multiple surgeries can lead to permanently reduced vision.  Temas Eye Center's re-operation, or 'enhancement' rate is less than 1.5%. Our goal is to 'do it right' the first time! We treat your eyes like our own eyes.

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 Triad area and are proud to be a part of our community.  Many 'Chain' Centers that offer conditional low prices do so by utilizing itinerate (visiting) doctors that will accept low fees in exchange for high volume. Read the fine print, most fees are upcharged for high prescription, astigmatism or special laser flaps. Temas Eye Center does not bait-and-switch. We believe all people should be treated fairly, no matter what eyesight they inherited, so we have one fee for everyone. There are no hidden fees, add-ons or false promises of free surgery for a lifetime.  'Lifetime Guarantees' cannot be given because the eye changes with aging.  Temas Eye Center wants to 'be there for you forever', not just do a 'one-and-run' job.


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 'the cheapest'  brain surgery, so don't choose a discount center 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.