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Laser Vision Correction

Atlantic Eye Institute provides a unique value to your LASIK investment by offering state-of-the-art technology with a team of expert surgeons and personalized care.

The Atlantic Eye Difference

The surgeons at Atlantic Eye Institute believe in a team approach to LASIK. They will work together to plan your individual treatment and each surgeon is present during your surgery. The doctors at Atlantic Eye Institute are on call for their patients 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for any and all of your eye care emergencies.

Dr. Neil Shmunes (a Jacksonville native) graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1981 and has been performing refractive surgery since 1985. Dr. Shmunes founded Atlantic Eye Institute in 2000, after branching out from Baptist Eye Institute.

Dr. Charles Duss (also a Jacksonville native) received his Bachelor of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. He joined Atlantic Eye Institute in 2007 after extensive training in refractive surgery techniques.

Dr. Michelle Diaz is the newest addition to our team joining in January 2016. She attended the University of South Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2003. After completing her residency in ophthalmology, she completed a 1 year fellowship in refractive surgery.

Types of Laser Vision Correction

LASIK Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis

During the procedure, a special device creates a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue and the flap is gently folded out of the way. The laser reshapes the underlying tissue and the surgeon repositions the corneal flap over the treated area. There it bonds securely without the need for stitches.

LASIK patients recover very quickly and most experience little, if any, discomfort. Functional vision returns very rapidly, with the majority of patients seeing well enough to drive by the next day without glasses or contact lenses. Most patients elect to have LASIK on both eyes at the same time.

PRK Photo-Refractive Keratectomy

PRK treats the surface of the cornea and does not require a corneal flap, as does LASIK. For this reason, it can be considered the safest form of laser vision correction. Using very powerful numbing drops, the epithelium, a thin layer of clear protective skin that covers the cornea, is removed. The laser reshapes the underlying tissue and a bandage contact lens (a contact lens with no power) is placed on the eye to keep it comfortable during the healing process. Usually, within three to five days the epithelium is healed completely. You should expect some moderate discomfort for the first 24-48 hours. You will be given instructions on how to manage the discomfort as well as eye drops to speed healing and prevent infection.

Most PRK patients notice an improvement in their vision immediately after surgery. However, vision usually is somewhat blurred while the epithelium is healing. Your functional vision should return in three to seven days while full visual results may not be recognized for three weeks to several months.

There may be times when we do not recommend laser vision correction because you may not be a good candidate. Our primary concern is not the number of patients we bring in, but the quality of care we provide. That is why we offer complimentary consultations, so that you can find out if you are a candidate without any obligations.


Are you an Ideal Candidate?

Ideal Candidates for Laser Vision Correction

Individuals who are over 18 years old and have…
– Healthy corneas
– No major vision related issues
– Stable glasses prescription

Ideal Candidates for LASIK

To be a good candidate for LASIK, the cornea must be of a sufficient thickness to allow for the flap to be made and still have enough tissue to achieve the chosen correction. LASIK is the procedure of choice for patients with a mild to moderate degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

Ideal Candidates for PRK

PRK works well for patients with moderate to high amounts of nearsightedness. It is also used for patients who may not qualify for LASIK due to high degrees of myopia, thin corneas or corneal dystrophies. We also recommend PRK for those who are at a higher risk of dislodging a LASIK flap due to certain occupational or recreational activities (e.g., military, martial arts, etc.).

Is the procedure permanent? Laser vision correction produces irreversible alterations in the cornea and will be permanent.  However, it will not prevent your eyes from changing in the future.

When you reach your mid-forties most people require reading glasses for near tasks, this is called presbyopia.  In younger eyes, the lens is soft and flexible, allowing it to continually change its shape to focus on various distances.  As our eyes age the lens cannot change its shape to see things up close anymore. Therefore, reading glasses are required.  Some patients try monovision, meaning one eye is corrected to see best at distance and the other eye is corrected to see best for reading.  Usually patients try this technique with contact lenses before proceeding with surgery.

Another change that your eyes are expected to make is the progression of cataracts. This is the clouding of the normally clear lens inside your eye. Eventually cataracts will impair your vision and surgery will be necessary. Fortunately for most, cataracts do not develop until around age 65.

The Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q 400Hz

The key to producing the best results in laser refractive surgery is to combine the best technology available with a skilled surgeon.

_ALWL_Q_Image1Atlantic Eye Institute (AEI) was the first in Florida and the eleventh in the United States to purchase the Allegretto® Wave Eye-Q 400. This truly state-of-the-art excimer laser technology means safer and faster vision correction with superior results.

Wavefront Optimization – Wavefront optimization allows for the treatment to be tailored to each individual refraction and corneal curvature while maintaining the cornea’s natural shape. This results in better night vision and less sensitivity to glare.

Speed – The Allegretto Wave® pulses at 400 times per second. As a result, treatment is remarkably quick, with treatment times of less than 10 seconds for most prescriptions. The faster the treatment time, the less the eye is exposed to the environment and the effects of prolonged dehydration on the quality of the visual outcome.

Eye Tracking System – Every four to six milliseconds, the eye’s location is measured and the internal mirrors of the Allegretto are automatically aligned. Just before the laser’s pulse is released, a second check is made to confirm that the eye has not moved. This happens 400 times every second, once for every laser pulse. If, at any time, the eye moves too quickly to be measured or moves out of range, the laser will instantly stop and wait for the eye to return to position.

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