LASIK eye surgery | UF Health, University of Florida Health
Vision for the future
If your eyesight is struggling, it deserves the best care possible to fix it, and you don’t have to look far for that. At UF Health Eye Center – The Oaks, our experienced surgeons use the most advanced technology to ensure you receive the highest quality of care available in North Central Florida. iLASIK, or All-Laser LASIK, is the only NASA-approved refractive surgery for its astronauts, and it’s offered right here at UF Health Eye Center – The Oaks.
You may now have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, but there is a clear path to normal or near-normal vision. iLASIK and similar laser vision correction procedures are used to correct these common refractive errors and eliminate or at least reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. UF Health performs these procedures behind extensive experience. W. Allan Steigleman, MD, has performed over 12,000 refractive surgeries throughout his career. He joined us after a distinguished career in the United States Navy during which he performed refractive surgery on some of the most elite military agents, including SEALs and Airmen.
UF Health Eye Center — The Oaks accepts consultations to address these conditions.
If you are at least 18 years old, call us at 352.265.3937 to schedule a consultation.
Treatment options available
iLASIK: Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will perform a high-definition scan of your eyes to make the most accurate corrections. iLASIK is a bladeless procedure where the surgeon uses a laser to create a flap to access the underlayer of the cornea. The surgeon then uses a different laser to change the shape of the cornea, correcting the refractive error(s). Visual recovery and healing are relatively quick.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK): Besides iLASIK, the most common procedure at our laser center is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Similar to iLASIK, a surgeon uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea. However, PRK is a flapless procedure where the laser treatment is applied directly to the surface layers of the cornea. Recovery is slower than iLASIK and takes an average of 3-5 days.
Implantable Collameric Lens (ICL): A common non-laser solution for patients with high myopia is an implantable collameric lens (ICL). The surgeon implants the ICL behind the iris. Visual recovery and healing is generally slightly slower than iLASIK but faster than PRK. This procedure allows some patients who are not candidates for iLASIK or PRK to have refractive surgical correction.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE): Another solution is a refractive lens exchange (RLE). During this procedure, the surgeon uses another type of laser technology to help remove the natural lens and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). RLE achieves results similar to routine cataract surgery. This procedure is quite versatile in that different lenses can be used to correct different types of visual abnormalities.
“As an ophthalmologist myself, my eyes mean everything to me. That’s why I was very careful to choose a refractive surgeon whom I know to be competent, meticulous, honest, thorough and compassionate. Dr. Steigleman performed thousands of refractive surgeries and I trusted him with my eyes. My PRK surgery went smoothly and the outcome was amazing. Being on the other side of the operating microscope can be anxiety-inducing, but the whole experience has been wonderful. I always tell patients that the providers at UF Eye Clinic are world class, and I hope that when patients realize that I have chosen to have my surgery at UF Health, it will echo that feeling.
– Ankit Shah, MD, assistant professor, UF Department of Ophthalmology
“I cannot say enough positive things about my experience getting LASIK at UF Health from Dr. Steigleman and his team. This is the first eye procedure of any type I have had. They were very kind , helping me every step of the way, explaining to me all the way through I’m a working professional and used contacts almost daily, it’s amazing not having to worry about glasses or contacts every day. I feel like my vision now after LASIK is better and sharper than when I was wearing contacts or glasses.” Recovery was quick and easy. I only needed one day off at most. I have already recommended LASIK at UF Health to several of my colleagues.”
— Bryce Buchowicz, MD, assistant professor, UF Department of Ophthalmology
Call for appointment: 352.265.3937