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LASIK Surgery

If you are frustrated with your dependence on glasses and contact lenses, you may be searching for a more permanent solution.

LASIK can correct a variety of visual problems, including blurry vision caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

At Choate Eye Associates in Goodlettsville, TN, we provide safe LASIK surgery to Hendersonville, TN, and other areas around Nashville, TN.

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With state-of-the-art technology and a dedication to long-lasting relationships with our patients, our team strives to provide the most comprehensive eye care possible. Get in touch with our practice in Goodlettsville, TN, today to learn more about LASIK, the cost of surgery, and how we can address your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. We serve patients from Hendersonville and other areas around Nashville and throughout Tennessee at Choate Eye Associates.

Contact us online to ask a question or request a consultation. You can also reach us by phone:

Call: (615) 851-7575

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What Is LASIK?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a laser eye surgery used to correct visual errors. While the procedure may not always be able to completely eliminate your need for corrective eyewear, it can greatly reduce dependence. The procedure is safe and quick, with little downtime.

LASIK eye surgery works by reshaping the outermost portion of the eye, known as the cornea, with a laser. This transparent tissue covers the front of the eye, protecting it and helping to focus light onto the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). Any irregularities in the shape of the cornea can distort light entering the eye, resulting in fuzzy vision at certain distances. By modifying the cornea’s shape with a laser at our Nashville-area practice, LASIK can correct these errors and help you achieve clear vision at all distances.

What to Expect During LASIK Eye Surgery

Most of our Nashville-area patients notice improved vision within 24 hours of LASIK surgery and make a full recovery within a few days.

LASIK surgery is an outpatient procedure, usually lasting no longer than 10 minutes per eye.

Most patients notice improved vision within 24 hours of LASIK surgery.
Most patients notice improved vision within 24 hours of LASIK surgery.

Sedation

The surgery is relatively painless and in most cases, only numbing eye drops are needed to keep the patient comfortable. However, our surgeon can provide a mild sedative for those who are anxious about the procedure. This is taken 30 minutes to an hour before surgery to help you relax.

Preparation

To ensure you do not blink or move your eyes involuntarily, a lid speculum and suction ring will be applied to each eye. Once you have been prepped, you will be positioned so that your eye is directly underneath the LASIK device. During the procedure, you will be instructed to focus on a target light.

Incision

To begin surgery, our surgeon creates a thin, circular, hinged flap on the surface of the eye. The flap is opened for the next stage of surgery.

Corneal Reshaping

Before your surgery, your specific prescription will be uploaded into the LASIK device’s software. This acts as a guide for the laser, removing corneal tissue in order to flatten, steepen, or smooth out the irregularities that are causing your nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other unique refractive problems.

Completing Treatment

After the cornea has been sufficiently reshaped with the laser and the right amount of correction has been achieved, the flap is laid back in place and allowed to heal naturally. No stitches or bandages are necessary.

Recovery and Results

The recovery process after LASIK typically lasts several days. You should expect blurry vision and some minor burning or itching immediately after your appointment at our Nashville-area practice. Because your vision will not be clear enough to drive, you will need a family member or friend to escort you home after your appointment.

Most patients notice a significant correction in vision within 24 hours of their LASIK eye surgery, although in some cases it may take longer. You will need to attend a follow-up appointment with our surgeon the day after your procedure, and you can usually return to work and driving at this time.

Some of the side effects you may experience in the days and weeks after LASIK include:

  • Glare and halos around lights
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy eyes

What Is the Difference Between LASIK and PRK?

Dr. Choate can recommend which corrective surgery is best suited to your needs during your first consultation at our Nashville-area practice.

Like PRK, the first successful laser vision correction procedure, LASIK reshapes the cornea by removing microscopic amounts of tissue from its inner layers. The main difference between the two is how this tissue is accessed. In PRK, the outermost layer of the cornea is removed completely. This is preferable for some patients but also leads to a lengthier recovery and the need for a protective contact lens.

To perform LASIK, Dr. Choate creates a thin, circular, hinged flap on the cornea, which is folded back to allow access to the tissue beneath.

LASIK offers some unique advantages, including:

  • Decreased risk of post-surgical infection 
  • A faster, more comfortable recovery
  • No need for bandage contact lenses 

Patients should keep in mind, however, that there is a small risk of developing complications related to the flap. 

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Dr. Choate is extremely knowledgeable and I left feeling like he cared about my vision. His staff is super friendly and laughed at my bad jokes with conviction. 10/10, will go again.

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Choate Eye Associates

Choate Eye Associates has been delivering high-quality, compassionate eye care to the Nashville community since 1979. We are affiliated with various leading organizations in the field, including: 

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association 
  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry 

To schedule a consultation at our practice, call us at (615) 851-7575 or request an appointment online

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"I am very pleased with the attention I received at Choate Eye Associates. Dr. Choate is very thorough and does a wonderful job of explaining what he is doing and what he is looking for in the exam." Dianal - Comprehensive Eye Care Patient

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