Lasik Co-Management

Dubuque Family Eye Care

Optometrist located in Dubuque, IA

LASIK co-management allows you to undergo high-quality surgical care from an expert while still receiving pre- and post-operative care from your regular optometrist. At Dubuque Family Eye Care, in Dubuque, Iowa, optometrist Lynn Lester, OD, proudly offers LASIK co-management to her patients. If you are interested in determining if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, schedule an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Lasik Co-Management Q & A

What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK, or LASIK eye surgery, is an advanced treatment used to correct common vision problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

During this type of treatment, a surgeon uses a laser and carefully reshapes your cornea –– the front portion of your eye. This changes the way that light enters your eye, reducing blurred vision without the need for eyeglasses or contacts.

LASIK is quick and well-tolerated. It also boasts a 96% success rate and involves very little pain. 

What is LASIK co-management?

LASIK co-management is a professional agreement between an optometrist and a laser eye surgeon. At Dubuque Family Eye Care, Dr. Lester doesn’t perform LASIK surgery herself, but she does coordinate care with TLC Laser Eye Centers and other providers in the area.

If Dr. Lester determines that you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, she can provide pre-operative care and refer you to a LASIK specialist at TLC. Following your surgery, Dr. Lester can provide post-operative care.

 TLC Laser Eye Centers requires all of their patients to participate in annual exams. Dr. Lester provides this service to ensure you maintain your results and healthy vision.

 Am I a good candidate for LASIK co-management?

To determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK co-management, make an appointment at Dubuque Family Eye Care. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lester conducts a comprehensive eye exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your goals for treatment. 

LASIK surgery is safe, but it isn’t right for everyone. This is particularly true if you have an underlying medical condition, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • AIDS
  • HIV

You should also avoid LASIK surgery if you have a history of depression or certain chronic conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, or fibromyalgia.

What can I expect following LASIK surgery?

Following LASIK surgery, your TLC Laser Eye Centers surgeon sends you home with a list of careful recovery instructions. Follow these instructions carefully and make sure you get plenty of rest. 

Within a week’s time, you should notice a significant improvement in your vision. However, LASIK won’t necessarily provide permanent results. As time passes, you might need contacts or eyeglasses for low light conditions and reading. This is especially true as you get older.

To see if LASIK co-management is right for you, schedule an appointment at Dubuque Family Eye Care by calling the office or booking online today.