LASIK Eye Surgery Clinic in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

LASIK is similar to PRK, however, the laser procedure is done under the surface of the cornea rather than on the surface. During LASIK surgery, an instrument called a microkeratome is used to elevate the front third of the cornea allowing the laser correction to be done underneath the surface.

The front “flap” is then gently laid back down and is self-healing. LASIK is our preferred method of vision correction because it allows for the rapid return of vision with little discomfort and time off work. LASIK has also allowed the patient to have both eyes done on the same day for added convenience.

Our New Mexico LASIK eye surgeons are dedicated to excellence is LASIK surgery. We offer LASIK consultations in the greater Albuquerque area for anyone interested in learning more about the procedure and finding out if it is a good option to correct their vision.  Contact us at your convenience for a LASIK consultation.

LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure Diagram

LASIK surgery is the most popular refractive surgery today. However, it is important to remember that not everyone is a candidate for LASIK surgery. There are many factors that determine whether or not someone will be a good candidate for LASIK surgery, such as the thickness of the cornea or general eye health. Before your LASIK surgery, you will have a consultation and your doctor can determine if you are able to undergo LASIK.


Who is a good candidate for LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery can treat a very broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The best way to determine who is a good candidate is with a thorough eye exam. Candidates must be 21 years of age or older, in good general health, and have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. Click here for more information on LASIK candidacy

Are LASIK and PRK FDA approved?

Yes, the LASIK procedure is FDA approved.

Is LASIK Painful?

During the LASIK procedure, there is no pain. Instead, there is a sensation of firm pressure for just 8 to 10 seconds while the corneal flap is being created. Following the procedure, patients may experience some mild scratchiness that is relieved by the use of artificial tears and several hours of rest.

There is no discomfort at all during the PRK procedure. Following the procedure, you may experience a gritty sensation with some mild to moderate discomfort which we alleviate by putting in a contact lens and giving you anesthetic drops and pain medication to use during the first 24 hours in the event of severe discomfort. All discomfort should be completely resolved within 2-3 days as the surface layer fills in to cover the exposed area. All discomfort should be completely resolved within 2-3 days except in the rarest of cases.

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Most patients undergoing LASIK and PRK prefer to have both eyes treated on the same day since it is more convenient for them, however, this is a decision entirely between the patient and the doctor.

Will I be awake as the procedure is being performed?

Yes. Your eye doctor will ask you to look at a blinking light within the laser during the procedure. This will ensure that the laser treatment will be centered properly over the center of your vision during the treatment.

When can I go back to work?

Most patients will be able to return to their normal activities within a few days as long as they work in a

How long do I have to wait before I can take a bath or shower after procedure?

You can shower or bathe the day after the procedure. Avoid getting soap or water in the eyes or immersing in the ocean, in a pool or in a Jacuzzi for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

When can I wear eye makeup after procedure?

It is a good idea to buy new mascara after the procedure to avoid infection and it is best to wait 1 week before using eye makeup.

Are all the lasers the same?

The excimer laser is a unique and incredibly precise high tech “cold laser” that was developed in the 1980s. It is now used during LASIK to gently reshape the surface of the cornea in order to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

The laser passed arduous clinical trials in the late 1980s and 1990s before gaining final approval in this country in 1995. Today’s laser vision correction procedures are done with this instrument and since the laser is fully computer-controlled it provides a greater degree of accuracy than surgeons have ever had in the past.

This translates to an unprecedented level of success for our patients who undergo LASIK surgery. We currently use the VISX Star/S4 and Alcon Ladarvision excimer lasers.

What is farsightedness?

Hyperopia in the EyeFarsightedness or hyperopia is the opposite of myopia. The eyeball is either too short or the focusing power of the lens or the cornea is too weak not allowing light to focus sharply enough. As a consequence, the retina receives a blurred image. In the normal situation, the cornea is spherical or round, similar to a basketball. Farsightedness can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery, such as LASIK surgery.

What is nearsightedness?

Myopia in the EyeNearsightedness is also known as myopia and describes the condition where the eye focuses light too sharply either due to the length of the eyeball or the focusing power of the cornea or lens. As a consequence, the retina received a blurred image. Nearsightedness can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery, such as LASIK surgery.

What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism in the EyeAstigmatism is the term to describe how oval the cornea is. This “football shape” causes light to be streaked into a smeared or double image. Astigmatism can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, such as LASIK surgery.

What is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)?

PRK is a procedure that uses the excimer laser to gently sculpt the surface of the cornea into a new shape in order to correct either myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.

Results with PRK have been excellent and we now have data extending back nearly 12 years. This is a popular form of refractive surgery for those who are not candidates for LASIK surgery.

What is refractive surgery?

Refractive surgery is a surgery that changes the way that light is focused by the eye. This can be done either manually or with a new laser vision correction technique such as PRK or LASIK surgery. Refractive surgery’s goal is to decrease one’s dependency on glasses or contacts and in many cases to eliminate the need altogether.