North Carolina LASIK Specialists
Understanding the Metrolina Eye Associates Difference
At Metrolina Eye Associates, we don’t take the “factory” approach that so many patients encounter at other LASIK centers. Because all of our doctors have undergone laser vision correction themselves, they understand what it’s like to be the patient. Our doctors believe in taking a personal approach with each patient. We believe in being convenient, available, and straightforward with our patients.
Because we are a full service ophthalmology practice, we are able to offer a range of refractive surgery options and personalize your refractive surgery care. Our doctors have many years of extensive refractive surgery and general eye surgery experience. Our doctors have performed some of the most advanced refractive and general eye surgery procedures in the Monroe, North Carolina area.
Our facility houses the most advanced FDA proven technology to give each patient the best possible result. After an extensive examination of your eyes and an evaluation of your particular needs, your doctor will determine which procedure will provide you with the best visual outcome.
The newspapers and airwaves today are saturated with advertising for vision correction surgery. LASIK and other refractive procedures are widely available. We understand the difficulty many prospective patients face in choosing a refractive surgeon and vision correction procedure. The information provided by our website and during a LASIK consultation will guide you and help you become an educated patient.
Call (704) 234-1930 to schedule a complimentary LASIK screening
Our Laser: The Allegretto Wave
Operating at 400 HZ, the Allegretto Wave is one of the fastest laser systems available in the United States. An average treatment will take no more than 6-8 seconds in many cases less.
Quality of Vision
The Allegretto Wave laser is engineered to consider the natural shape of the human eye, aiming to improve what nature originally designed.
The Allegretto Wave relies on Perfect Pulse Technology to accurately control the energy level and the exact placement of every laser pulse as it reaches the eye. The high speed active eye-tracker tracks the eye 200 times per second, following even the fastest eye movements during the procedure. If the eye moves out of range, the procedure pauses until the eye returns to a treatment position.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does LASIK surgery hurt?
Laser vision correction is a cutting-edge procedure with little to no pain. We use eye drops to numb the eye and give patients a Valium© pill for relaxation before the procedure.
How long does the LASIK procedure take?
LASIK takes very little time to perform. Actual laser treatment time is often only about 10-12 seconds. Along with the other steps of the procedure, the complete treatment takes less than 5 minutes per eye. Because of preparation before the surgery and time necessary for Valium© to take effect, expect to spend about an hour at our LASIK center.
How much does LASIK surgery cost?
The cost of LASIK can vary depending on your treatment. Your surgeon will discuss with you the exact price for your treatment. Our fees include ALL follow-up visits related to the procedure for one full year. There are NO additional fees or hidden charges.
Why doesn’t my insurance (or Medicare) pay for LASIK?
LASIK is considered a fully elective procedure, and most insurance companies in the United States do not cover the procedure.
Who is a candidate for LASIK surgery?
Individuals with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism may benefit from LASIK or other vision correction procedures. Candidates should have a strong desire to be less dependent on glasses or contacts, have realistic expectations, and understand the risks associated with the surgery.
Only your surgeon can tell you if you are a good candidate for LASIK or another vision correction procedure. We provide complimentary LASIK consultations at both of our locations in Monroe, NC and Matthew, NC.
Will I need glasses or contacts after surgery?
The vast majority of our patients are free from glasses and contacts for most activities after the procedure. Some patients over 40 years of age may require reading glasses. Your surgeon will discuss with you the need for glasses or contacts after LASIK.
Can I wear my contacts until the day of the surgery?
Generally, contact lenses should not be worn for several days before the procedure. You surgeon will discuss with you when you should stop wearing your contacts.
Will I be able to see right after surgery?
Healing times vary based on your specific treatment. Generally, after LASIK, the vast majority of patients have good vision the next day. Your surgeon will discuss with you healing times for your treatment.
Are there any restrictions after surgery?
You will not be able to drive after your surgery because of the use of Valium© for the procedure. Also, you have to protect your eyes from sun light, injury, and exposure to any contaminated materials that can cause infection (like swimming pool water or gardening soil or plant material).
What about appointments after surgery?
Generally, you will be seen the day after your procedure, at one week, at one to three months, and at six months after your surgery.
Will I have to have LASIK again?
Very rarely patients will require an “enhancement” of one or both eyes after LASIK. The vast majority of patients, however, will not require any further LASIK.
Are there any risks or side-effects with LASIK or laser vision correction?
LASIK and laser vision correction are very safe procedures. Millions of eyes have under gone LASIK and laser vision correction without any complications. However, no surgery is 100% risk-free. Your surgeon will discuss with you the risks and possible side-effects of LASIK and laser vision correction.
Call (704) 234-1930 with any questions
or to schedule a complimentary LASIK screening.