Shreveport Lasik Procedure

LASIK Shreveport

LASIK surgeon Dr. Russ Van Norman has over 18 years of medical experience and is an expert practitioner in using LASIK to correct the vision of thousands of Shreveport/Bossier patients. Our specialized Lasik program uses the most advanced laser vision correction techniques to provide you with the best possible results. Maintaining the best eye care health is Dr. Van Norman’s number one priority with all of his patients.

LASIK eye surgery is strongly recommended for individuals with the following conditions

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Dr. Van Norman’s is an industry leader in medical technology advancement of LASIK procedures. Because of some of the most recent advancements, LASIK now is considered a long-term solution for improving your vision.

What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser in-Situ- Keratomileusis) is a specialized technique that reshapes the surface of the cornea with an excimer laser, rapidly correcting vision problems. LASIK is outpatient surgery performed in Dr. Russ Van Norman’s outpatient LASIK surgery is performed is his office & lasts approximately ten to fifteen minutes. Shreveport Eye Surgery is at the forefront of today’s LASIK revolution. We are equipped with a highly qualified team of eye care professionals, knowledgeable staff, and the latest in corrective vision technology. Our office provides a friendly and cooperative medical facility here in Shreveport designed to deliver patients the highest quality of care through each step of their LASIK surgical procedure.

Please feel free to contact us at our Shreveport office to schedule your FREE consultation today.

Advantages of LASIK

  • Improved Visual Quality: The balance in vision between your eyes will usually be restored more rapidly than in other more complicated eye surgery procedures. In many cases, patients experience near to perfect vision the very next day after our Shreveport LASIK procedure is performed.
  • Convenience: It may be more convenient to have both eyes treated during the same visit. During your initial consultation with Dr. Van Norman, he will explain your most cost-effective treatment options when considering LASIK in Shreveport.
  • Self -Confidence Increase: The increased self-confidence that many LASIK patients experience can truly be life-changing. After LASIK surgery is complete and the patient is healed, faces do not have to be partially covered up by glasses any longer. Improved eyesight can often cause people to become more outgoing and social which leads them to live happier lives.
  • Cost Effective: Although cost is important in your deciding factor for LASIK, your decision should not be based solely on cost. Shreveport Eye Surgery accepts many forms of payment including financed payment plans through Care Credit. We do our best to ensure the price of LASIK isn’t the reason why you can’t live your life without great vision.

Dr. Russ Van Norman has a state-of-the-art eye surgery facility at his office in Shreveport Louisiana. This offers the best value to both local and traveling patients for many reasons. Our LASIK procedure is one of the most affordable because we don’t have additional medical facility fees that other doctors normally pay. Most other surgeons have to pay a separate surgery center fee to use the lasers and expensive diagnostic equipment. This greatly increasing the cost they must charge for surgery which is then passed on to you as the customer.

Advantages of LASIK

  • Improved Visual Quality: The balance in vision between your eyes will usually be restored more rapidly than in other more complicated eye surgery procedures. In many cases, patients experience near to perfect vision the very next day after our Shreveport LASIK procedure is performed.
  • Convenience: It may be more convenient to have both eyes treated during the same visit. During your initial consultation with Dr. Van Norman, he will explain your most cost-effective treatment options when considering LASIK in Shreveport.
  • Self -Confidence Increase: The increased self-confidence that many LASIK patients experience can truly be life-changing. After LASIK surgery is complete and the patient is healed, faces do not have to be partially covered up by glasses any longer. Improved eyesight can often cause people to become more outgoing and social which leads them to live happier lives.
  • Cost Effective: Although cost is important in your deciding factor for LASIK, your decision should not be based solely on cost. Shreveport Eye Surgery accepts many forms of payment including financed payment plans through Care Credit. We do our best to ensure the price of LASIK isn’t the reason why you can’t live your life without great vision.

Dr. Russ Van Norman has a state-of-the-art eye surgery facility at his office in Shreveport Louisiana. This offers the best value to both local and traveling patients for many reasons. Our LASIK procedure is one of the most affordable because we don’t have additional medical facility fees that other doctors normally pay. Most other surgeons have to pay a separate surgery center fee to use the lasers and expensive diagnostic equipment. This greatly increasing the cost they must charge for surgery which is then passed on to you as the customer.

Different Types of LASIK

• Wavefront LASIK (Custom LASIK) – This procedure, commonly known as wavefront or wavefront-guided LASIK provides surgeons with a 3D map of the eye and cornea. The map allows surgeons to carry out more accurate vision correction. Many surgeons are using this method as fewer complications arise and are extremely precise.
• Bladeless LASIK – During traditional LASIK procedures, a surgeon will use a microkeratome to cut a flap in the cornea to alter the shape of the eye surface. This new bladeless method makes vision correction operations much safer. This advanced technique involves a laser that precisely cuts the flap rather than using an implement. Complications from corneal ablations are reduced with this method.
• LASEK – This stands for laser epithelial keratomileusis and is relatively new. This is sometimes known as E-LASIK and is considered very suitable for those with thin or flat corneas. The eye surgeon uses a trephine to cut the corneal flap. Normally then, the surgeon will coat the eye with an alcohol based solution to help loosen the epithelium. The excimer laser will then alter the tissue below. Patients have experienced minor eye irritation after the procedure and expected recovery times can be up to seven days.
• Epi-LASIK – This procedure is carried out using a combination of LASIK and LASEK. The surgeon will cut the cornea’s outer epithelium using a vibrating plastic blade. Epi-LASIK also makes use of an epithelial separator. This surgery is recommended for people with minor visual problems and myopia. When the flap has been created, traditional methods are then used to reshape the corneal tissue below.

How Safe is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK is considered by many professionals and patients alike to be the best approach to vision correction surgery. Advancements in corrective vision medical device products have been tremendous in the past ten years. This has given LASIK procedures today even more superior precision and accuracy. Today, Lasik is performed using a laser instead of a metal blade. This lowers the risk of improper use and almost makes complications due to infection non-existent. Our LASIK Eye Doctor in Shreveport will work with you to provide careful evaluation and diagnosis, create a comfortable setting for your procedure and sustain you with a healthy aftercare program. We are committed to finding the right answer for our patients, even if the answer is not having LASIK. We provide honest pre-procedural evaluations to determine if laser vision correction is the right choice for you.

What are the risks of having LASIK?

As with any surgical procedure, there are going to be some associated risks. Although they are rare, they still can occur and that is why it is important to meet with your surgeon to understand all of the instructions and potential risks before you schedule your LASIK procedure. During this initial meeting, you will both learn if you are a candidate, and Dr. Russ van Norman will explain to you the benefits and risks of laser vision correction.

Some possible risks are:

  • Results can vary, depending on your prescription (refraction). If you have a very high or very low refraction, then you may have difficulty obtaining 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses.
  • There is a slight chance that you may be undercorrected or overcorrected. Only a certain percentage of patients achieve 20/20 after surgery. Depending on your results additional treatment may still be necessary and will be evaluated by our LASIK eye surgeon.
  • The need for reading glasses, which is Presbyopia, is not eliminated by having a Lasik procedure. LASIK is primarily recommended for correcting nearsightedness (Myopia), farsightedness (Hyperopia) and astigmatism.
  • Further complications, including infection and corneal ectasia, although rare, may still occur. This will be fully explained by Dr. Russ van Norman during your evaluation.

What are the risks of having LASIK?

As with any surgical procedure, there are going to be some associated risks. Although they are rare, they still can occur and that is why it is important to meet with your surgeon to understand all of the instructions and potential risks before you schedule your LASIK procedure. During this initial meeting, you will both learn if you are a candidate, and Dr. Russ van Norman will explain to you the benefits and risks of laser vision correction.

Some possible risks are:

  • Results can vary, depending on your prescription (refraction). If you have a very high or very low refraction, then you may have difficulty obtaining 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses.
  • There is a slight chance that you may be undercorrected or overcorrected. Only a certain percentage of patients achieve 20/20 after surgery. Depending on your results additional treatment may still be necessary and will be evaluated by our LASIK eye surgeon.
  • The need for reading glasses, which is Presbyopia, is not eliminated by having a Lasik procedure. LASIK is primarily recommended for correcting nearsightedness (Myopia), farsightedness (Hyperopia) and astigmatism.
  • Further complications, including infection and corneal ectasia, although rare, may still occur. This will be fully explained by Dr. Russ van Norman during your evaluation.

What can I expect before, during and after surgery?

Prior to surgery, your contacts should be removed with given instructions by your surgeon, Dr. Russ Van Norman (if applicable). You will also be provided with detailed instructions on how to prepare for the day of surgery:

  • Arrive on time so that everyone’s schedules go as planned and nothing is rushed.
  • A light meal is recommended before your Lasik Procedure.
  • Makeup, perfume, cologne, scented lotions, or hairspray should not be worn the day of surgery.
  • Warm comfortable clothes are always recommended.
  • Follow contact removal instructions by Dr. Russ Van Norman.
  • Have someone drive you to and from your LASIK procedure.
  • Relax and start enjoying having great vision again!

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