What does the Hollingshead Eye Center LASIK experience include?
Safety & Precision
LASIK has proven to be a relatively safe procedure. Using the some of the most advanced laser technology, Dr. Hollingshead offers patients a more precise procedure. Greater precision means improved safety and results tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient. Dr. Hollingshead was the first eye surgeon in Idaho to offer his patients the added safety of "all-laser" LASIK technology.
When it comes to LASIK, faster is better. The modern LASIK technology makes it possible to perform the entire procedure in approximately 10 minutes.
Because of Dr. Hollingshead's vast LASIK experience, more patients achieve 20/20 vision.
The same all-laser technology used in Hollingshead Eye Center's LASIK procedure has been tested and approved by the United States Navy for naval aviators. Previously, LASIK vision correction was off-limits for these pilots because of concerns with vision quality following the procedure. According to the Navy’s studies, the modern technology delivered better quality vision and faster visual recovery time, as compared to procedures that treat the surface of the cornea and those involving a microkeratome (a hand-held, bladed mechanical instrument) for flap creation. NASA followed suit by approving all-laser LASIK for astronauts.
LASIK patients enrolled in a clinical study had the flap for one eye created with a microkeratome and the flap for the other eye created with "all-laser" LASIK. Three out of four patients who stated a preference preferred the vision in the eye treated with the laser.
Can I have a LASIK screening if I'm 60 years of age?
We do not perform LASIK screenings on anyone 60 or above. Instead, we ask you to schedule an eye exam.
How do all-laser LASIK visual outcomes compare to those of traditional LASIK?
Clinical studies confirm that patients see better following all-laser LASIK, with more patients achieving 20/20 or better vision, than following a traditional LASIK procedure.
Is traditional LASIK safe?
Yes, traditional LASIK is safe, but all-laser LASIK significantly reduces the risk of complications reported with the microkeratome and has given many patients more confidence in choosing laser vision correction.
In fact, modern LASIK improves the safety, precision, and visual results of LASIK. This is a result of the superior precision provided by the computer-guided laser, as compared to that of a hand-held microkeratome, which cuts across the cornea to create a flap. Hollingshead Eye Center's LASIK uses the precision of a beam of light, virtually eliminating severe sight-threatening complications.
Precision is critical to a successful outcome, and all-laser LASIK features an unprecedented degree of accuracy and consistency, providing added assurance and peace of mind for many patients.
Who is NOT a candidate for LASIK?
LASIK laser vision correction is not for everyone. Certain factors, such as corneal thickness or the strength of your eyeglass prescription, determine whether or not you may be a candidate. That is why, before any vision correction procedure is performed, our eye care professionals will conduct a detailed examination to determine your candidacy. Based on the results of those tests, your doctor will recommend the vision correction option best suited for you.
Am I a LASIK candidate? Is LASIK right for ME?
* Due to the additional health conditions, including cataracts, frequently presenting in patients older than 55 years of age, a comprehensive dilated exam is necessary prior to being able to determine if LASIK is the best treatment. If so, it is our policy that patients remove false eyelashes or eyelash extensions completely 2 weeks before their LASIK procedure. Patients may resume wearing them 2 weeks after surgery.