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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many LASIK surgeries have been performed in the United States?

Over two million LASIK surgeries have been performed in the United States to date.

How many surgeries has Dr. Cabler performed?

Dr. Cabler has performed more than a thousand laser surgeries, including hundreds of LASIK procedures. During his 20-year career as an ophthalmologist, he has performed more than 4,000 microsurgical procedures that are even more intricate than LASIK surgery (i.e., cataracts).

What is Dr. Cabler's success rate?

Dr. Cabler is an experienced, established surgeon with a proven track record in the Houston community in Laser Vision Correction. His outcomes include 97 percent of his patients seeing 20/40 or better. Note that, 20/40 is the legal limit for driving in Texas without corrective lenses.

How do I know laser vision correction is safe?

Clinical trials of laser vision correction have been ongoing for many years, including prior to FDA approval in 1995. In follow-up studies of clinical trials, no sight-threatening complications have occurred. Some of the nation’s leading eye institutes are working with an independent medical counsel on an ongoing basis to ensure the highest standards of safety are satisfied.

Is LASIK permanent?

Results from the millions of LASIK procedures to date have shown that LASIK surgery does not require updating – other than minor adjustments called enhancements that sometimes occur immediately after the initial procedure.

Does the procedure hurt?

The treatment is painless. Some people experience some scratchiness – a gritty feeling in their eyes – for a day or two. LASIK patients are given medications they can use to control any discomfort they might experience.

How much work will I miss?

Generally, you have surgery one day and go back to work on the next day. Ideally, laser vision correction should be planned when you can afford to take a few days off work to relax and enjoy the immediate benefits of your new vision.

Will I need reading glasses after surgery?

That depends on your age and whether you are already wearing reading glasses. Generally, if you are under age 40 you won’t need reading glasses until you are older (mid to late 40s). If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals you may choose to have a monovision LASIK correction in which reading glasses won’t be necessary.

Should I have surgery now or wait for newer technology?

The "New" technology is here! Custom Lasik using Wavefront technology is now approved or pending by the FDA in the United States on all the mainstream excimer lasers. However, not everyone needs or will benefit from "Custom" Lasik surgery. There are tests we perform to determine who will benefit from the more expensive custom treatment. These tests are performed prior to Lasik surgery. Generally about 15% of our patients will benefit from the added expense of Custom Lasik using Wavefront technology.

What is CK (Conductive Keratoplasty)?

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a new technology that offers a minimally invasive procedure to treat individuals with low amounts of farsightedness. CK uses low-energy high frequency radio waves and does not involve cutting the eye. The outcome is the same as LASIK but there remains a question as to how long it lasts.

What is Wavefront-Guided Custom LASIK?

Light rays are passed into the eye and back out again. The distortion the eye causes the light rays when they leave the eye is called "Aberration" and is measured by an abberometer. "Wavefront" is the term used to describe the wave of light rays leaving the eye and is unique to each individual eyes, much like a fingerprint is to an individual. If the distortion (aberration) in the wavefront were significant then the patient would be considered for Custom LASIK. In most cases the aberrations are not significant to warrant Custom LASIK.

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