LASIK Kansas City
Dr. Cavanaugh has the experience and training to provide you with exceptional LASIK outcomes.
Cavanaugh Eye Center has earned a reputation for providing exceptional LASIK to Kansas City and surrounding communities. We have helped thousands of people realize their dreams of seeing clearly without having to rely on glasses or contact lenses.
Science is constantly providing new and promising advances in LASIK surgery, and Cavanaugh Eye Center is at the leading edge. We stay on top of the latest in technology and procedures to ensure our patients receive superior results.
More than ever before, we are able to tailor LASIK procedures at our Overland Park practice to the individual needs of our patients, providing each person’s unique eyes with solutions that give them the best chance at achieving visual independence.
Experience matters when it comes to LASIK. Dr. Cavanaugh has been performing laser eye surgery since 1990 and has done over 28,000 refractive procedures.
He completed a surgical fellowship in advanced corneal and refractive surgery at the prestigious Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore—an additional step he took to achieve mastery in refractive surgery to best serve his patients.
Today, Dr. Cavanaugh has earned a reputation among his peers as a knowledgeable and well-respected laser eye surgeon. Through his Overland Park LASIK practice, he has gained extensive experience with all approved laser platforms, and is considered an expert in refractive procedures such as refractive lens implants and relaxing incisions.
LASIK – The Basics
LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a procedure in which a laser is used to reshape the cornea. LASIK was approved for use in the United States in 1999, and is one of the safest, most highly effective medical procedures done today. In fact, an estimated 718,000 people are expected to get LASIK in 2020.
How LASIK Works
The cornea is often considered to be the “window to the eye.” Much like a window, its shape determines how light enters the eye and how well we see. Much like looking through an antique warped window, our view is altered when we see the world through a misshapen cornea. Our nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism distorts our view of the world.
LASIK allows Dr. Cavanaugh to correct these irregularities, and in doing so, correct moderate to high levels of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism.
Dr. Cavanaugh and our well-trained Cavanaugh Eye Clinic staff uses state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies to perform a comprehensive exam. Dr. Cavanaugh uses that information, as well as information about your overall health and lifestyle, to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK.
Even if you are not a candidate for LASIK, there are several proven LASIK alternatives that we provide at Cavanaugh Eye Center. Dr. Cavanaugh will determine which, if any, is the best option for your unique eyes.
On the day of your procedure, our technicians may repeat some of the painless tests that were conducted during your initial visit. If additional testing is indicated, do not worry. This is completed to ensure that your eyes have remained stable and to eliminate the possibility of errors.
- When you are ready for your procedure, numbing eye drops will be administered so that you can remain comfortable during your LASIK eye surgery. You will also be offered a medication that will help calm your nerves.
- Once the medications have taken effect, you will be escorted to our laser surgery suite, where you will lie back on our laser bed to relax.
- A small device will be placed around your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the procedure.
- During your LASIK procedure, Dr. Cavanaugh will guide a special laser, called a femtosecond laser, to create a flap in the outer skin-like covering of the cornea called the epithelial layer.
- The flap is gently lifted, and an extremely precise excimer laser is then used to shape the cornea to the proper curvature.
- Once this is completed, the flap is carefully set back into place.
The entire procedure takes less than 10 minutes, and the majority of patients report very little, if any discomfort. The eye heals quickly and without the need for stitches.
People frequently voice concern that they will move involuntarily while the laser is working. This is not a problem. Our lasers are equipped with technology that senses movement more quickly than the human body can react. If you shift, the laser shuts off in a matter of microseconds, then resumes when you are repositioned. There is virtually no danger of incorrect laser treatment due to movement.
Following the procedure, you will be given easy-to-follow instructions and eye drops, and you will be able to go home with a designated driver. Your eyes may be mildly irritated for a short time once the numbing drops wear off. Most people find that if they take a short nap, they wake up feeling very little discomfort. Most patients notice remarkable vision results almost immediately, however this can vary based on several factors including the amount of prescription treated.
Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?
If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, you may be able to benefit from LASIK. The best way to find out is to visit Cavanaugh Eye Center for a comprehensive refractive consultation, which includes diagnostics by some of the most advanced technology available.
Other factors to determine if you are a candidate include:
Your age. If your vision problems are caused by presbyopia, many patients elect LASIK with a “blended vision” set up to optimize their freedom from reading glasses. If blended vision is not a great option for you, Dr. Cavanaugh specializes in many different types of presbyopia correcting lens implants that may suit your needs.
Your overall eye health. LASIK does not address eye diseases such as keratoconus or glaucoma. Often, there are more appropriate treatments for those issues.
Your eye anatomy. Factors such as thin corneas, large pupils, or scarring from contact lens use may mean that you are not a candidate for LASIK. However, you may be a candidate for another life-changing procedure like ASA/PRK or lens implantation.
Prescription drugs or pregnancy. Some drugs, such as Accutane, can affect the eyes, as can the hormones related to pregnancy. Be sure to tell Dr. Cavanaugh if you are taking any prescription drugs, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Your expectations. LASIK is a remarkable medical procedure, but it is not right for everyone. Dr. Cavanaugh will ensure that your expectations are in line with what the surgery can provide before determining if you are a good candidate.
What if I am Not a Candidate for LASIK?
Cavanaugh Eye Center is dedicated to providing our patients with the priceless gift of natural vision. That’s why we have invested in the time and technology needed to provide the most proven, effective solutions for vision problems.
We offer a number of LASIK alternatives for those who are not good candidates for LASIK. Dr. Cavanaugh will perform a thorough examination to determine which, if any, laser eye surgery solution is right for you.
Are you ready to see what you’ve been missing?