Your sense of vision is one of the most important senses you possess, with a direct impact on quality of life and ease of completing daily activities. Everyday tasks can become unnecessarily difficult when you require glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision impairment.
Since the advent of LASIK eye surgery in the mid 1990’s, many have reduced or even eliminated their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Over one million people undergo LASIK eye surgery annually to treat their myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, allowing them to live free of glasses and able to play sports, read, craft, etc. without the hassle of glasses.
We would like to introduce you to two Jacksonville LASIK eye surgeons, who have been at the forefront of technology and patient satisfaction since the onset of this laser vision correction eye surgery: Dr. S. Akbar Hasan and Dr. Amit Chokshi of Florida Eye Specialists. This talented tandem of LASIK surgeons have combined forces to deliver excellent LASIK for people of Jacksonville.
Background on our Jacksonville LASIK surgeons:
Dr. S. Akbar Hasan is a board certified, fellowship-trained cornea, laser refractive, and cataract specialist. Dr. Hasan served as the lead cataract and corneal surgeon, as well as the Director of the Laser Vision Correction Program for the Mayo Clinic, for ten years. Dr. Hasan has tremendous surgical experience in corneal transplantation, laser cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses, and LASIK.
A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Amit Chokshi is highly trained in laser vision correction. Dr. Chokshi has served as the director of the University of Florida Laser Eye Center, and has held the positions assistant professor and director of the cornea and external disease division at the UF Department of Ophthalmology. Additionally, Dr. Chokshi is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and the Cornea Society.
If you are thinking about having LASIK surgery in Jacksonville, our Jacksonville LASIK surgeons invite you to explore your vision correction options at Florida Eye Specialists.
Is LASIK right for you?
During your pre-operative LASIK evaluation, you will undergo several tests that measure your degree of nearsightedness (myopia), where objects up close are clear but objects further away are blurry, farsightedness (hyperopia), where objects at a distance are clear but your close vision is blurry, or astigmatism, where your overall vision is blurry.
It is absolutely critical to determine your candidacy for LASIK. The tests that you undergo in our pre-operative evaluation process will help our LASIK doctors to determine your candidacy and treatment options.
Once our LASIK surgeons know that you have passed the candidacy tests, they can begin to educate you on the different LASIK procedures available at the Jacksonville LASIK offices. For patients that aren’t good candidates for LASIK, vision correction alternatives such as Visian ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange may be suggested or explored.
LASIK is for those who:
- Want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts
- Are at least 18 years of age
- Have had a stable eye prescription for at least one year
- Have no health issues affecting their eyes
- Have no signs of glaucoma or cataracts
Types of Laser Vision Correction
- LASIK eye surgery
- Bladeless LASIK
- Wavefront Custom LASIK
- PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratoplasty)
- ASA (Advanced Surface Ablation)
LASIK v. Contacts
A person who wears contacts will almost certainly save money by having LASIK over time.
- The average cost for contact lenses per year is $240.00
- Over 20 years, a person paying this average price spends about $4,500 on contacts.
- Depending on how compliant a patient is with their recommended contact lens regimen – and their number of annual office visits and new fitting appointments – the average contact lens wearer invests between $75 and $100 per month on their eyes.
Eye doctors agree that contact lens wearers are also more likely to develop complications than patients having the LASIK procedure. Contact lens wearers face a much greater risk of developing a serious eye infections and corneal ulcers or abrasions, than patients receiving LASIK.
10 Questions to ASK your LASIK surgeon:
1. Why are you a highly qualified surgeon correct my vision?
2. What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
3. Who are the best Jacksonville LASIK surgeons?
4. What type of pain or discomfort is associated with LASIK?
5. What percentage of your LASIK patients see 20/20 or better?
6. How many patients typically get declined for LASIK eye surgery?
7. What are your surgical qualifications for doing LASIK?
8. Do your patients typically need LASIK enhancements?
9. What is the worst thing that could happen having LASIK?
10. Why is your LASIK technology the best?
When choosing a LASIK eye surgery practice…
Do not choose a company; choose a LASIK surgeon based on experience and results. Research surgeons, their professional history, and online reviews to ensure that you’re choosing quality and experience, and avoid deals that sounds “too good to be true”: in many cases, they are.
At Florida Eye Specialists, we have a history of happy patients who return again and again for our optical services. To hear what they have to say about Florida Eye Specialists, read our patient testimonials!