LASER VISION CORRECTION | OPTICAL DEPARTMENT ....... Charlotte (704) 364-7400 ........Huntersville (704) 895-8200
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The best way to find out exactly what your price will be is to schedule an exam. After a comprehensive evaluation to determine what procedures you're a candidate for and what degree of correction you need, you may meet with Allison Alexander, our Refractive Coordinator, who will be able to give you a specific price.

A few insurance companies do pay for all or part of vision correction procedures. You can check with your plan administrator, or we will be happy to make a copy of your insurance card and check coverage for you. Many people have medical flex plans they use to save up to 50 percent on their procedure by using pre-tax dollars.

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Laser Vision Correction

Laser Vision Correction at our Center For Sight

Laser Vision Correction at our Center For Sight includes various procedures which reshape your cornea and eliminate myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. These procedures are so successful that 98% of patients can see 20/20 or better - without glasses! At Charlotte Ophthalmology Clinic Center For Sight, Drs. Branner, Whiteside and Vaziri offer several types of Laser Vision Correction, including PRK, LASIK, and Z-Vision™. We have performed over 10,000 successful Laser Vision Correction procedures and provide personalized care to help you see better, look better, and feel better.


PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, was the first laser vision correction procedure performed. Using a first generation VISX excimer laser, Dr. Branner performed the first PRK at Charlotte Ophthalmology Center for Sight in 1999. He used the VISX laser to correct his patient's vision by reshaping the cornea based on preoperative measurements. Today, that patient is still 20/20 - without glasses! PRK uses an excimer laser to remove the corneal epithelium (the clear skin covering your cornea), then uses the same laser to reshape your cornea and correct your vision.


LASIK was developed because many PRK patients experienced post-operative pain and required days or weeks to regain normal vision. We performed the very first LASIK for hyperopia in the region in 2001. LASIK involves using a microkeratome, or blade, to create a thin corneal flap which acts as a bandage, virtually eliminating postoperative pain and speeding the recovery of vision. LASIK is definitely more comfortable for the patient and gives a quicker recovery of vision; consequently, the vast majority of patients (and eye surgeons) prefer this procedure. In the last few years, however, PRK has regained popularity because of patient concerns about having an incision with a blade created on their eye. Newer technology has given PRK patients a quicker recovery with less pain. Studies have shown no difference in the visual outcomes compared to LASIK when vision is assessed at 6 months after surgery. And, according to a study of military pilots undergoing PRK, contrast sensitivity and night vision may actually be a little better in PRK patients than in LASIK patients.


Z-Vision™ is actually a type of LASIK which uses a femtosecond laser, called a Ziemer laser, instead of a blade to create the corneal flap. It is the latest generation of Laser Vision Correction procedures. Because an ultrathin flap can be made more precisely with a Ziemer laser than any other laser, this step in the procedure offers you a more gentle experience, a quicker recovery, and a better quality to your vision than traditional LASIK. At our Center for Sight, we have combined the latest generation Ziemer laser with the VISX Custom Wavefront laser to create Z-Vision™, a true customized treatment to correct your vision. While some laser systems, like the Allegretto, are only “wavefront-assisted”, the VISX system gives a truly Customized Wavefront treatment. The VISX laser system does this with a thorough computerized examination of your eye which maps out the various imperfections in your visual system. These imperfections are then treated with the laser at the same time it corrects your vision. This technology works so well, in fact, that military pilots are now being treated with Z-Vision™, instead of PRK, because the quality of vision at night and in low contrast environments is better with Z-Vision™ than with PRK or traditional LASIK.

Regardless of the procedure you choose, you will receive personalized care throughout the process. You will be examined thoroughly by the same physician who will perform your procedure and will take care of you during the post-operative period. You will have all your questions answered. You will be given a pre-operative sedative so you can relax and anesthetic eyedrops will be placed in your eyes. To help reduce the normal anxiety our experienced staff will introduce you to the sights and sounds of our laser suite and you will be made comfortable. During the procedure you may feel some pressure for about 20 seconds and you will see lots of lights. The entire process takes only a few minutes, and then you are back in our private waiting area with your family or friends, ready to go home and take a nap. While some stinging and tearing is normal immediately after the procedures, most patients rest comfortably and wake up with improved vision. You will be asked to use prescription eyedrops that day and four times a day for a week and to avoid rubbing your eyes. A visit to our office the following day and a few weeks after that to see your surgeon is important to be sure you are healing properly and your vision is improving. Remember, the vast majority of patients report being very satisfied with the procedure and the results - 98% say they would do it again!

Which procedure is right for you? The decision to have Laser Vision Correction is an important one. Our doctors offer a complimentary consultation which involves a visit to our office for an exam to determine the shape and thickness of your cornea, the health of your eyes, and how bad your eyesight is. After this exam, we can answer any questions you have, decide whether you are a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction, and recommend which procedure is best for you. You can arrange this appointment with one of our coordinators by calling our office.

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