Services Offered: LASIK

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Our doctors specialize in helping you choose the right procedure for your eyes.  We offer an all-laser system that  reshapes the eye to an optimized, naturally aspheric (not perfectly round) corneal shape. Using this remarkable technique we can achieve precise, personal treatment to a broad range of patients including those with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.  LASIK (refractive surgery) can reduce or eliminate your dependency on contacts and glasses.

If you are interested in having the LASIK  done, you will need a thorough evaluation by one of our highly trained specialists. After your exam, your doctor will be able to determine which procedure is best for you: LASIK, LASEK, or lens surgery.

For more information contact Deborah Costa at 508-823-7473 x318 or email at

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Frequently Asked LASIK Questions

Am I a good candidate?

In general the ideal candidate for LASIK is someone over the age of 18, has had a stable refraction for at least one year and has healthy corneas.  People with certain medical conditions or woman who are pregnant are not considered a good candidate. Your doctor will confirm if you are a good candidate at your consultation. Keep in mind because of never ending advancements, even if you are not a candidate today, you could become one in the future.

How does the Allergretto WaveLight Laser differ from other laser systems?

Unlike older excimer lasers, which remove eye tissue in a central, flat manner that creates an edge, Allegretto WaveLight’s PerfectPulse technology uniformly applies tiny pinpoints of laser pulses adjusting to each eye’s specific curvature. With this unique system, eye tissue is reshaped in  a smooth, consistent manner that provides a great visual result.

The Allegretto WaveLight can treat a larger area within the eye’s targeted Treatment zone. This means a greatly reduced chance of side effects such as seeing haloes around headlights and bright lights at night.  These side effects can occur when, at night to in darkened rooms, the pupil widens and expands beyond the area of the cornea that received laser correction.

What If I’m Nervous?

A mild sedative may be given before treatment. About 95% of our patients do take the sedative. This usually takes the edge off while still allowing you to focus on a light during the procedure.

Is it Painful?

The LASIK procedure itself is typically painless. Anesthetic drops are placed in your eye to numb it before the treatment begins. After the treatment you may experience a feeling of foreign body sensation or irritation for a few hours. You will be given drops to help relieve you of this condition. An over the counter pain reliever may be used if necessary. The healing time and time of eye irritation for the LASEK procedure, however, is typically longer.

How Long Does it Take?

The laser is able to reshape the cornea usually within seconds, although the time in the laser room is typically ½ hour. Expect to be with us for 1 ½ hours on the day of your treatment.

Is it Permanent?

Yes. In order to reshape the cornea the laser removes small amounts of corneal tissue. This tissue does not grow back.

When can I expect to go back to work?

Most patients return to work in 1-3 days, depending upon your occupation. If you work in an environment which is dusty we suggest protective eye wear. You can expect your vision to fluctuate for the first three weeks and then become stable. Everyone heals at a different rate.

Are there follow up appointments?

Yes. The doctor will have you come back to the office the following day. For the LASIK procedure he will typically see you again at 1 week and 1 month. Occasionally, more often visits are required depending upon your rate of healing or the type of procedure performed.

Will I Need a Retreatment?

The need for a retreatment or enhancement varies from patient to patient. Once your vision has become stable, usually around 3-6 months after the procedure, your doctor will check for the need of an enhancement. During the enhancement procedure, the flap is re-lifted and the cornea is reshaped using the laser. An enhancement may be done in one or both eyes.

How Soon Can I Exercise?

You are usually able to resume most of your normal activities within a few days. However for two weeks, underwater activities are best to be avoided.

Can I Drive The Next Day?

For most LASIK patients this is possible after their first day post-operative appointment. Usually by the second day most patients are cleared to drive.

What if I have cataracts?

The specialists at BUEA also offer refractive cataract surgery. Many options, such the Restor multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) or the astigmatism correcting toric IOLs from Alcon are available. Schedule an evaluation today to speak to your doctor regarding your options, and visit the Restor web site for more information.

How Do I Make An Appointment or Ask More Questions?

To speak to a refractive surgery coordinator or make an appointment for a free consultation, call Deborah Costa today at 508-823-7473 x318. You may also email Deborah at