LASIK San Antonio

Experience the Freedom of LASIK

Are you sick of your glasses fogging while you cook? Have you ever had a contact lens pop out of your eye while you were in the middle of an important task or event? Maybe you are just tired of the discomfort of dry contact lenses or the hassle of trying to lie down and watch TV with glasses getting in the way.

At Parkhurst NuVision in San Antonio, we specialize in making your life easier and more enjoyable with laser vision correction.

“Getting LASIK was the greatest experience I ever had. The procedure itself took about 5-10 minutes and was completely painless. I could see perfectly the next morning. Dr. Parkhurst and his team were extremely professional, experienced, and knowledgeable. They changed my life!”

Jason M.

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) works by reshaping the cornea to enable the light entering the eye to focus properly onto the retina. LASIK employs a specially-calibrated, computer-guided excimer laser to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is a procedure that permanently recontours the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser to help you see more clearly. In nearly all cases, LASIK is pain-free and takes about 8-10 minutes for both eyes. At Parkhurst NuVision, our laser vision correction options include SMILE LASIK for even faster recovery and accurate vision correction.

“We recently saw a patient who was 62 and had LASIK 27 years ago. She was still impressed with her distance vision. She said it’s still one of her best investments.”

Why Get LASIK?

The better question may be why not get LASIK? Glasses and contacts are temporary fixes and they have many limitations. Think of it this way: if you break your leg, your doctor will fix it. If your teeth are crooked, you get braces. So if your vision isn’t clear, the logical thing to do is to make it clear with LASIK.

LASIK Offers Higher Patient Satisfaction Than Contact Lenses or Glasses

In a 3-year study of people across the country who either had LASIK or relied on contacts and glasses LASIK was the clear winner when it came to patient satisfaction; 88% of former contact wearers and 77% of former glasses wearers consistently reported strong satisfaction with their LASIK results each year.1 Contact lens wearers in the same study reported decreased satisfaction year over year, with just 54% reporting they were satisfied with their choice to use contacts at the end of the study. If you are considering LASIK, think about the potential to improve your overall quality of life.

LASIK is Safer Than Contact Lenses

We understand that some people feel nervous about having a surgical procedure to fix their eyesight. Believe it or not, our goal is not to convince you to have LASIK—it is to give you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

Many people do not understand the health and safety risks posed by contact lenses. The fact is that many people do not properly wash their hands before using contacts, do not change their contact lens case often enough, or wear their contacts for too long. Even if you are careful with your contacts, contact lens wearers are at a higher risk for dangerous infections such as microbial keratitis than LASIK patients.2

LASIK Offers You Value and Saves You Money Long-Term

The cost of LASIK can be as low as $131 per month with financing and with pricing starting at just $2,995 per eye LASIK is more affordable now than ever. LASIK is not as much of an up front cost as many people assume it is and it is also a “get it and forget it” method of vision correction, while contacts require constant re-ordering and purchasing of supplies and glasses need to be purchased every year or so.

 

Many people who think that LASIK is out of their reach due to cost just haven’t done the math. Here is some math done for you: a person who undergoes LASIK at the age of 18 is likely to save more than $40,000 in vision costs by the time they need reading glasses to address age-related near vision loss (presbyopia) in their mid-40s. We also offer financing and payment options that can help you fit LASIK into your budget.

There Are More Vision Correction Options Than You Think

If you dream of being able to see clearly when you wake up, but you have previously been told that you are too old, too young, or don’t have the right prescription for LASIK, you should contact us. At Parkhurst NuVision, Dr. Gregory Parkhurst has the skill and experience to treat a wide range of patients. We also offer a variety of vision correction procedures and we’d love to explain your options and create a treatment plan that works for you.

What Can I Expect From LASIK Step-by-Step?

First Steps: Getting Ready for LASIK

The first step is to schedule a consultation appointment. Following your eye exam with Dr. Parkhurst, he will encourage you to discuss your vision limitations and goals, and you’ll decide together which vision correction procedure is right for you. Our team is here to answer any and all questions you have about vision correction surgery.

About a week before your LASIK surgery, you will need to stop wearing your contacts and wear eyeglasses exclusively. On the day of your LASIK appointment, we ask that you arrive at our office with no makeup, cream, or lotion on your face. You won’t be able to drive yourself home after your LASIK procedure, so please make arrangements for transportation.

Your LASIK Procedure: The Day You Get Your Vision Fixed!

It is normal to feel both excited and nervous on the day of your LASIK procedure. We are used to day-of-surgery anxiety and we have helped thousands of patients feel at ease before LASIK. If you have any last minute concerns or questions before your procedure, we’ll have the answers and we are here to ensure you feel comfortable.

Before LASIK begins, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops. A small device will be used to hold your eyes open during LASIK surgery, so you won’t need to worry about blinking. You’ll simply recline comfortably while Dr. Parkhurst gently perfects the curvature of your cornea to correct refractive errors. There are no stitches involved, and the entire procedure takes less than ten minutes. So easy and quick!

After LASIK: Your Recovery and Results

After LASIK, you may have blurry vision for the first few hours. Your eyes may feel watery or itchy, but you should experience absolutely no pain. These symptoms will quickly go away, and soon you’ll be able to enjoy clearer vision than ever before. If you do have any questions or concerns, rest assured that all patients at Parkhurst NuVision have 24/7 access to their surgeon via cell phone.

I ended up with better vision than I had expected!

JoDee A.

Recovery after LASIK is fast and easy, especially because we perform SMILE LASIK on most of our patients. Patients usually return to work the next day, and are able to swim, wear makeup, work out, play sports, and engage in other activities within 24 hours.

I did everything I normally do. It’s like nothing happened!

A super busy young mother, the day after LASIK

Ready to See Clearly?

At Parkhurst NuVision, we only offer the best. In fact, we won the “Best LASIK Provider” award from the San Antonio Current. Unlike run-of-the-mill LASIK shops, we never suggest a one-size-fits-all solution—because we don’t have to. We offer eight different types of vision correction procedures and fully customize each patient’s experience to help them ditch those glasses and contacts for good.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read some reviews from patients who agree that Parkhurst NuVision is the choice for LASIK in San Antonio…

“The experience and staff were AMAZING!!!”

–Sarah C.

“If anyone is on the fence about pulling the trigger for LASIK, make your appointment!! I highly recommend this place. You can’t go wrong with the entire staff.”

–Annie H.

“I came all the way from Puerto Rico to get my LASIK here, and let me just say it was the best experience I’ve had at any medical facility.”

–Zaria C.

“Awesome experience with the staff from consult, to surgery, to post-op. Everyone was so personable and genuine, which made it easy to relax and enjoy the experience even more!”

–Coley C.

“This was such an easy, yet life-changing decision!”

–Elizabeth S.

“Best experience and best thing I could have done for myself.”

–Jaqueline P.

“I cannot say enough about what a great experience this journey has been.”

–Caroline M.

Meet Your San Antonio LASIK Surgeons

Our team of eye doctors have helped tens of thousands of patients achieve freedom from glasses and contacts. As a result of their renowned skill and dedication to the craft of vision correction, they have performed LASIK on celebrities, professional athletes, Olympians, aviators, and many knowledgeable eye care professionals who have put their faith in our care and expertise. The team at NuVision also gives back to the community by donating their time and resources to a number of charitable organizations.

Parkhurst team of doctors

LASIK Questions? We Have The Answers!

What is the cost of LASIK in San Antonio?

The cost of LASIK can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of LASIK performed and your unique prescription. We will review pricing at your consultation appointment and give you a transparent overview of all costs associated with your treatment plan, as well as payment and financing options.

Is my LASIK experience going to be a big ordeal?

Actually, our patients are always surprised by how quick and easy LASIK is from beginning to end! There is a common misconception that it’s difficult to fit LASIK into your life, when the truth is that LASIK is far less logistically challenging than most people think. For some of our patients, the entire LASIK process (from initial phone call through recovery) takes only about a week.

Is LASIK painful?

Nope! We know that people worry about this, but your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops before the procedure begins, and you should feel nothing more than occasional pressure for the duration of the treatment (which only takes a few seconds). Our patients report that the post-LASIK recovery process is also easy and painless, and that they can return to work the very next day.

Do eye doctors get LASIK?

Yes we do! In fact, ophthalmologists who perform LASIK themselves are four times more likely to get laser vision correction surgery than people in the general population and 98.5% of them recommend laser vision correction surgery to their immediate family members.3

Who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery?

The number of people who are good candidates for LASIK has grown as technology has expanded. This means more people can benefit from LASIK eye surgery than ever before.

These are a few of the firm requirements that you must meet in order to be eligible for LASIK:4

  • Sufficient corneal thickness
  • A stable vision prescription
  • Healthy eyes that are free from injury, infection, or conditions like glaucoma or keratoconus

The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery is to come in for an eye exam and consultation, where we’ll learn about your vision goals, lifestyle, and eye health to determine whether LASIK eye surgery is right for you. If LASIK itself isn’t a great fit, you will likely still be eligible for life-changing vision correction from one of the many vision correction surgeries we specialize in, such as PRK, SMILE-LASIK, Visian ICL, and/or laser lens treatment.

Curious about LASIK candidacy? Take our 30-Second Self-Test.

What are the risks of LASIK Surgery?

LASIK and other Advanced Vision Correction procedures are some of the most successful surgical procedures ever introduced to human medicine. That being said, every surgical procedure performed on the human body (including LASIK) has unfortunately resulted in some complications in rare cases. Possible risks of LASIK include:

  • Under Response/Over Response: During LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a computer-guided laser to reshape precise amounts of corneal tissue to correct vision. In a biological system, it is possible for some tissues to behave differently than the vast majority of others. If this occurs, it is possible to have a small amount of residual nearsightedness or farsightedness after the first procedure. In most cases, this may be enhanced via a 2nd “fine-tuning” procedure if necessary. In our experience, enhancement procedures are needed in less than 1% of cases.
  • Dry Eyes: Some patients have noticed dryness of the eyes after LASIK. In almost all cases, this resolves quickly with the use of artificial tears and healing time in a matter of a few weeks. It is rare for dryness to be a long-term side-effect or complication of modern LASIK performed on good candidates. In fact, recent studies show dryness after LASIK is less on average than dry eyes experienced in people who stay in their contact lenses.5
  • Night Vision and other Quality of Vision Disturbance: Some patients have noticed glare and halos, glare, and starburst at night after LASIK. This is fairly common during the healing period but tends to improve dramatically as the eye heals. This is one area where technological advancement has resulted in significant improvement. Persistent night vision disturbances are now rare, and in more cases improved after LASIK. In a clinical trial performed by Dr. Parkhurst and presented at the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery in 2011, there was a statistically significant improvement in night vision after both LASIK and Visian ICL.6
  • In our experience, these risks are extremely rare when patients are selected properly, modern technology is used, and those who may not be good candidates are instructed they may have different or lower risks if they remain in their glasses and contact lenses to see.

    I have a family member/friend who had LASIK. Why do they still need glasses?

    The most common reason people need glasses after LASIK is presbyopia. Presbyopia is the naturally occurring loss of near vision that occurs from the normal aging process in all humans who reach a certain age. Around the age of 40, the natural lens of the eye hardens and is no longer able to zoom in close like it could when it was younger.

    For people who wear glasses at this age, bifocals are prescribed for far and near vision. For people who wear contacts, were born with good vision, or who had their vision corrected with LASIK, reading glasses become necessary after age 40. This is not a failure of LASIK, but rather an expected event due to the normal aging process. Many of our patients over 40 understand this limitation and still see the value in LASIK, which is to be able to see most things except for the smaller print up close.

    There are now several options to treat not only far vision but also near vision after 40. We encourage you to contact us to find out how technology has advanced. We may be able to help.

Find Freedom from Glasses and Contacts with LASIK

With just a single outpatient procedure, you can secure a lifetime of relying less on glasses or contact lenses — or potentially freeing yourself from eyewear entirely.

TESTIMONIALS

1 Price MO, Price DA, Bucci FA Jr, Durrie DS, Bond WI, Price FW Jr. Three-Year Longitudinal Survey Comparing Visual Satisfaction with LASIK and Contact Lenses. Ophthalmology. 2016 Aug;123(8):1659-1666. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.04.003. Epub 2016 May 18. PMID: 27208981.
2 Masters J, Kocak M, Waite A. Risk for microbial keratitis: Comparative metaanalysis of contact lens wearers and post-laser in situ keratomileusis patients. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2017 Jan;43(1):67-73. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2016.10.022. PMID: 28317680.
3 Kezirian GM, Parkhurst GD, Brinton JP, Norden RA. Prevalence of laser vision correction in ophthalmologists who perform refractive surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2015 Sep;41(9):1826-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2015.10.027. PMID: 26603390.
4 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Lasik. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik. Accessed August 5, 2021.
5 Refractive Surgery Council. Understanding Dry Eye Symptoms After LASIK Eye Surgery. Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/understanding-dry-eye-symptoms-lasik/ Accessed September 1, 2021.
6 Parkhurst, G. Prospective Comparative Trial of LASIK vs. ICL for Night Vision Performance. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the AAO, Chicago, 2010

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