Bladeless All-Laser LASIK – NOW at The Eye Associates

With locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton, Venice & Sun City Center, FL

Cathleen McCabe, MD
Brian Foster, MD  (Dr. Foster is a LASIK surgeon and a LASIK patient as well.)

LASIK has literally changed the way millions of people view the world as well as themselves. After having LASIK, patients often comment that they cannot decide which has changed more – their vision or their self-image. They often feel more confident and can’t imagine why they didn’t do it sooner!

Now there are more choices than ever for people who want to get out of glasses and contact lenses. Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, we have a vision correction procedure that can improve the way you see the world. Imagine what it would be like to wake up and read your alarm clock, take a swim in the gulf, or just look in the mirror and see how beautiful your eyes are without glasses.

Steven Pulcinella LASIK McCabe
LASIK or Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis is an outpatient procedure that uses a computer controlled “cool” laser beam to precisely reshape the cornea. The beam gently changes the curvature of the cornea so that images can more sharply focus on the back of the eye; thereby giving you clearer vision. The actual procedure takes less than 60 seconds and most patients report immediate visual improvement.

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Other Vision Correction Procedures
Some patients seeking LASIK discover that their corneas, although healthy, are too thin for LASIK surgery. There are a host of other advanced surface laser vision correction treatments, including LASEK, PRK, and Clear Lens Replacement that may allow patients who were told they were not candidates in the past to experience the same great benefits provided millions worldwide.

Custom LASIK

Custom LASIK, using NASA space inspired Wavefront™ technology, allows us to offer our patients the next generation of vision correction. In the past, many imperfections of the eye could never be measured. Now with Custom LASIK, we are able to capture and correct unique imperfections in an individual’s eye with 25 times more precision than could be done with standard measurements for glasses and contact lenses. In fact, some Custom LASIK patients experience better vision than they ever did with glasses or contact lenses.

Clinical study results 1 year after the VISX Custom LASIK show:

  • 100 percent of participants could see well enough to legally drive a car (20/40 or better)
  • 94 percent of participants achieved uncorrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better
  • 74 percent of participants were 20/16 or better
  • Participants reported being four times “more satisfied” with their night vision

By having the ability to analyze your eyes in such a specific way, we can adjust your treatment accordingly to decide if custom LASIK would benefit you more than traditional LASIK. Unlike some offices that have different costs for each type of LASIK surgery, The Eye Associates’ fee is the same for all advanced surface laser treatments, ensuring that you will get the best type of treatment for your eyes and the high definition vision that you deserve.

Look Before You LASIK

The safety of LASIK primarily involves determining whether a patient is a good surgical candidate in the first place. The fact is that not everyone qualifies as a good candidate for LASIK. That’s why it’s so important to choose a surgeon that you trust to help you make the right decision. Choosing LASIK at The Eye Associates means choosing doctors committed to safety, comfort, accuracy and the most advanced technology available.

Dr. Cathleen McCabe has performed over 17,000 LASIK procedures and is a LASERVISION Top 100 Surgeon, ranking her among the most experienced LASIK/refractive surgeons in the country. She is also experienced in the latest innovations in cataract surgery, including bladeless laser cataract surgery and advanced high technology lenses. Dr. McCabe was named to the Premier Surgeon 250 list as well as Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor List. Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL) and Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) are also part of her list of vision correction services. Dr. McCabe has been awarded the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Lifelong Education for Ophthalmology Continuing Education Recognition Award.

Dr. Brian Foster is not only a LASIK surgeon but he is also a LASIK patient, so he knows firsthand about having LASIK and what you can expect. He is also a board-certified ophthalmologist, fellowship-trained corneal specialist, and cataract surgeon. He is experienced in the latest innovations in cataract surgery, including bladeless laser cataract surgery and advanced high technology lenses. Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL) and Clear Lens Replacement (CLR) are also part of his list of vision correction services. Dr. Foster is one of the most experienced corneal transplant surgeons in the area, performing modern corneal transplants, including DSAEK for Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy, DALK for keratoconus, and dry eye treatment. Dr. Foster is the recipient of the prestigious Resident Excellence Award by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Why The Eye Associates chose the VISX Star 4 Laser

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY – VISX® remains the industry leader in quality and innovation, and the VISX Star 4 Laser that we use at The Eye Associates adds a new level of diagnostic information to insure superior surgical outcomes. Our in-house laser center controls temperature and humidity; key elements important to good surgical results. In addition, our skilled technicians adhere to strict sterile requirements and are uniquely and exclusively dedicated to eye procedures.

The VISX Star 4 Laser has the following unique safety features:

ActiveTrak 3D Eye-Tracking – We often hear patients say that their biggest concern is the fear of moving their eye during the LASIK procedure. RELAX…we have you tracked. The Visx Star 4 laser has ActiveTrak 3 D Eye Tracking that detects and continuously compensates for eye movements, virtually eliminating any fear of human error.

VISX Iris Registration – Iris Registration takes a wavescan-generated picture of your unique iris and transfers it to the laser. The reason this is important is because when the patient lays down for their laser treatment, sometimes the eye will rotate. VISX Star 4 Laser uses the wavescan photo to compare with your iris and automatically compensate for any rotation, thereby ensuring an accurate outcome and eliminate the worry of errors.

VISX CustomVue WaveScan – WaveFront technology, developed from NASA space technology, allows us to capture and correct your eye’s unique imperfections with 25 times more precision than could previously be detected using standard measurements for glasses. It also has been shown to improve night vision in some patients.

VISX Exclusive SmartBeam – The SmartBeam technology adjusts the laser beam size according to treatment, minimizing the amount of corneal tissue that needs to be removed and reducing healing time.

Other Vision Correction Procedures

Financing Options

Access to LASIK and the other vision correction treatments aren’t reserved for just the wealthy. The Eye Associates strives to make it affordable to everyone by offering easy, affordable financing options, including ‘0’ interest. You can apply online at Care Credit and know in less than 5 minutes if your dream of a life without glasses is coming true. Or maybe you’d rather rack up travel miles on your credit cards as a bonus to having surgery. We also accept Visa, MC, American Express and Discover. With all these options, there’s nothing standing in the way of a life of clear vision. Read more about our financing options and to apply for easy, affordable financing with CareCredit®.