Who Qualifies for Laser Vision Correction ? 

The gift of sight is undeniably invaluable. Our lives revolve around visual perception, yet a staggering 50 percent of individuals rely on glasses or contacts to function adequately.

  • Are you tired of being dependent on corrective eyewear? 
  • Do the hassles of glasses or contacts frustrate you ? 
  • Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to see clearly ?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, I invite you to talk to Dr. Michael Duplessie, the doctor who popularized LASIK and wrote the first textbook chapters on LASIK.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. A laser or a knife, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser change the curvature of the cornea and the flap is replaced.

Dr. Duplessie popularized LASIK; he organized the First United States Lasik course to teach American doctors how to perform Lasik and wrote the first textbook chapters on Myopic LASIK and Hyperopic LASIK. It has become the pre-eminent vision correction procedure due to rapid healing and a quick return of vision.

Eye and Vision Errors:

The cornea is a part of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. It works in much the same way that the lens of a camera focuses light to create an image on film. The bending and focusing of light are also known as refraction. Usually, the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out-of-focus (blurred) or distorted. These imperfections in the focusing power of the eye are called refractive errors.

There are three primary types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
· Persons with myopia, or nearsightedness, have more difficulty seeing distant objects as clearly as near objects.
· Persons with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have more difficulty seeing near objects as clearly as distant objects.
· Astigmatism is a distortion of the image on the retina caused by irregularities in the cornea or lens of the eye.

Combinations of myopia and astigmatism or hyperopia and astigmatism are common. Glasses or contact lenses are designed to compensate for the eye’s imperfections. Surgical procedures aimed at improving the focusing power of the eye are called refractive surgery.

In LASIK surgery, precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by a special laser reshapes the cornea changing the focusing power.


Less than 5.00 diopters of myopia, there is a choice between surface PRK or SMILE or LASIK.

With respect to results and expectations, PRK, SMILE, LASIK are identical. SMILE & LASIK have a slightly increased in risk of complications due to creation of the flap.

In my hands, the results are the same. My preferences are based on your corneal measurements.