Laser Vision Correction
People everywhere are making the decision to “Lose the Glasses” through corrective laser surgery. This simple, effective treatment has been performed on over a million patients worldwide. At Fox Eye Laser & Cosmetic Institute, our patient satisfaction and favorable results are outstanding in the profession.
Lee Birchansky, M.D., A.B.E.S., an innovator in the field of refractive surgery, introduced the first office excimer laser to eastern Iowa after its FDA approval in 1995. The unparalleled precision of the new Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Laser from Alcon coupled with the exceptional skills of Dr. Birchansky offers patients an incredible visual outcome.
- Dr. Birchansky is certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgery (A.B.E.S.) in LASIK.
- Dr. Birchansky has performed thousands of laser correction surgeries since 1996.
- Dr. Birchansky’s enhancement rate is less than 1%. An enhancement is when a second procedure needs to be done within a year of the initial surgery.
- Dr. Birchansky’s enhancement and complication rate is less than 1%. An enhancement is when a second procedure needs to be done within a year of the initial surgery.
The excimer laser was first developed in 1972. It does not cut tissue like a scalpel; rather it ablates or vaporizes a small amount of tissue from the corneal surface. The laser is able to precisely re-shape or sculpt the corneal surface, which makes your eye a more ideal shape for focusing light and corrects for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Dr. Birchansky has successfully performed thousands of vision correction procedures (Epi-LASIK, E-LASIK and LASIK) on patients with anywhere from very low to moderately high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Whether you are farsighted, nearsighted, or have astigmatism, Dr. Birchansky will help you choose the procedure that is best for your eyes.
To treat nearsightedness, the steep cornea is made flatter by reshaping the center of the cornea. This moves the point of focus from in front of the retina to directly onto the retina.
To treat farsightedness, the flat cornea is made steeper by reshaping the peripheral optical zone of the cornea. This moves the point of focus from behind the retina to directly onto the retina.
To treat astigmatism, the cornea is made more spherical, like a basketball instead of a football. This eliminates multiple focus points within the eye and creates one point of focus on the retina. Astigmatism is treated at the same time as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Our dedication to excellence makes Fox Eye the premium eye care provider in the area. We have invested in the best laser vision technology to provide you with the best possible outcome. Laser vision correction procedures are performed in our office surgical suite with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q laser.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for laser correction is to schedule a complimentary screening at our office. During the screening, we will talk to you about the procedures, answer your questions, and discuss financing options if needed. We will also conduct a few simple tests on your eyes to determine if refractive surgery is for you. Just forty-five minutes long, the complimentary screening fits perfectly into a lunch hour!