Dr. Carlson

As you contemplate your decision to undergo Laser vision correction or LASIK eye surgery, recognize that it is an extremely complex and personal one.  Dr. Alan N. Carlson, Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service of the Duke Eye Center meets with each patient to discuss the options, risks, limitations, benefits, and likely outcome to set expectations.  He prides himself more on carefully screening and often steering a patient away from surgery rather than treating the most patients when it comes to laser vision correction surgery.  There are a large number of patients who should not have surgery and also a significant number of patients for whom LASIK may not be the best procedure.  One critical aspect of patient selection is recognizing that it should never be a “one size fits all” approach and each patient has a “best decision” before them that may be LASIK, or PRK, or perhaps an entirely different procedure, or no procedure at all – perhaps they should even wait for new technology that is in development.  When it comes to LASIK, the recovery rate and eventual outcome depends on a number of factors and these are all factors you should address with your surgeon prior to surgery.  Here is an example of a patient I took care of this past week while he was on college break who is largely happy along with his mom because we spent the time and effort prior to surgery setting their expectations.