LASIK is one type of laser eye surgery in which the eye surgeon uses a blade or laser to create a thin flap on the cornea, then an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea and fix the errors determined from a very comprehensive LASIK consultation. The excimer laser has been recognized as the most effective tool for correcting vision since 2001. The excimer laser has the ability to cut into tissue without leaving scars. Laser eye surgery has been effective in treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and other eye conditions.

Other laser eye surgery methods include PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis), and Epi-LASIK (Epithelial Laser in Situ Keratomileusis).  During your consultation, we will review your eyesight and discuss whether LASIK is right for you and which procedure will be ideal for your eyes.

The ideal LASIK candidate:

  • Is over 21 years old;
  • Has had stable vision for at least six months;
  • Has a healthy cornea thick enough for a flap;
  • Has refractive error(s) that fall within the treatable range;
  • Does not have a disease or condition that could impair the procedure or healing process;
  • Has been educated about the procedure including its risks and benefits.
  • Understands that the goal of surgery is to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

During the consultation, every patient interested in LASIK is given an extensive evaluation to determine whether LASIK is right for him or her and the patient and doctor have a frank discussion about the advantages and risks of having laser vision correction as well discuss realistic expectations of LASIK surgery.



The doctors at Specs Appeal in Decatur can detect and diagnose conditions such as retinal detachments, hemorrhages, macular changes and many other medical conditions of the eye. We will assess and monitor your eye conditions closely and work with specialists if further treatment is necessary. We are very selective of the surgeons we co-manage to provide the highest level of care possible for our patients. We provide surgical co-management and post-operative care for cataractglaucomamacular degenerationdiabetic retinopathy and LASIK.  You, the patient, benefit from the combined cooperative efforts of the doctors that work in harmony on your behalf while not having to travel to see a specialist any more than necessary.