Am I a candidate for LASIK

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LASIK Surgery in Myrtle Beach

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Leading ophthalmologist, Dr. Griffin, uses the latest and most advanced lasers. We are the only center who has an on-site LASIK Suite in the region! Griffin Eye Center is the first in South Carolina to offer the latest advancements of both the Wavelight® EX500 and the VisuMax® laser. The laser speed and accuracy allows Dr. Griffin the ability to expand treatment capabilities, enhancements of current treatments, broaden range of correction and provide the ultimate outcomes for our patients seeking LASIK surgery in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area.

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Why Trust Griffin Eye Center?

  • Neil B. Griffin, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained cornea specialist. This is important because LASIK is surgery on your cornea.
  • Dr. Griffin has over 25 years’ experience.
  • Dr. Griffin has been rated top LASIK and cataract surgeon by Americas Best Physician Award and has won over 28 multiple distinction awards.
  • Dr. Griffin has worked on several lasers and understands each eye is unique.
  • Neil Griffin, M.D., and Kelly McCann, OD, personally evaluate every patient during the consultation to determine if you are an ideal LASIK candidate. Or they may recommend an alternative to LASIK such as PRK.
  • We are locally owned, operated and provide a the only state-of-art on-site LASIK suite in the local region.

Dr. Griffin offers more options for Laser Vision Correction to fit your individual eye. We offer the Contoura Vision which is laser vision correction that uses some of today’s most highly personal treatment for your eyes.

Consultation Screening

LASIK surgery can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASIK is not right for everyone. A patient’s candidacy for bladeless LASIK depends on an evaluation of the patient’s eyes, expectations and lifestyle by an experienced optometrist or ophthalmologist. Fortunately, most cases are successful in improving visual acuity (or sharpness).  Call for a consultation for LASIK Surgery in Myrtle Beach to find out if LASIK is right for you. 843-449-6414 ext.121

Surgeon Evaluation: A complete dilated eye exam with refraction is done to determine if your eyes are healthy and your prescription is stable. This will also include the most advanced mapping technology of your cornea to determine your highly personal surgical plan for your eyes.

All pre and post operative visits are included for all Laser Vision Correction options. All eyes are unique and our fees are the same for LASIK, PRK,and/or SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction).

I’m so happy with my vision. Dr. Griffin and his entire staff have been awesome! Thank you for everything! I couldn’t have asked for a better LASIK Surgery experience!

Hayley Blue

C. Furr- LASIK

“I have worn glasses/contacts since I was 10 years old. I was so tired of wearing contacts every day. My vision was worse than 20/400 without corrections. Dr. Griffin, and the entire staff were the kindest and most knowledgeable group I have dealt with in a long time. I just went for my one-month post op appointment a few days ago and my vision is now 20/15. I couldn’t be happier with the results! If anyone is looking for a local doctor that truly cares about your results I would highly recommend Griffin Eye Center!”

C. Furr
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When considering LASIK surgery, or any other kind of laser vision correction procedure, it’s important to understand how the everyday use of contact lenses can affect the procedure:

The Dangers of Wearing Contact Lenses Before Having LASIK
  • Long-term wear: Continued long-term wear of contacts can alter the shape of your corneas, creating an inaccurate measurement of the shape of your cornea and wavefront scan of your visual system. You should discontinue use of contact lenses for a period before surgery to allow your corneas to go back to their original shape.
  • The Custom process: When undergoing Custom LASIK surgery, we map your eyes for the procedure. If your eyes are measured for your LASIK procedure before they have returned to their natural shape, the laser programming will not reflect your true visual state.
  • Open communication: It is important to advise your optometrist/ophthalmologist about the length of time you have been using contact lenses and what type of contact lenses you are currently using.

LASIK Eligibility

To be eligible for LASIK surgery, potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age (21 years for mixed astigmatism).
  • General health: LASIK candidates must be in good general health, and should not have certain health problems, including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, or take any medication or have any condition that compromises the immune response.
  • Eye health: Candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, cataracts, corneal disease and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. LASIK surgery candidates should not have certain eye conditions including herpes simplex and herpes zoster.
  • Eye problems: LASIK patients should make their eye doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions that may influence healing. Other conditions that should be discussed with the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems and claustrophobia. Please make your eye doctor aware of any mental health conditions, as these may also affect your LASIK surgery or recovery.
  • Eye injury: Patients should not have any eye infections or injury.
  • Nursing/pregnancy: Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing the LASIK procedure. Hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, so pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue LASIK surgery until three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued.
  • Dry eye condition: Patients should not continuously suffer from dry eyes.
  • Stable vision: Candidates’ vision must be stable for at least one year prior to the procedure date.
  • Contacts: Prior to your LASIK surgery consultation and LASIK procedure, you must not wear contact lenses for a certain length of time. The precise length will be determined by your doctor on an individual basis. This ensures corneal stability and accurate assessment of your prescription prior to the LASIK surgery procedure.
  • Corneal thickness: Corneal thickness plays an important role in determining proper candidacy for LASIK. Due to the nature of the procedure, candidates must have a minimum corneal thickness of approximately 0.5 mm.

A patient’s candidacy for bladeless LASIK depends on an evaluation of the patient’s eyes, expectations and lifestyle by an experienced optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Please note: like all surgery, LASIK surgery has some risks; we will discuss these with you during your consultation.

Our ophthalmic technicians can help remove any doubts that you may have. We’d love to give you a call back or send you a text at your convenience!