Laser Vision Correction

Laser Vision Correction is an option for patients who are looking for an alternative to glasses and contact lenses to treat common vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism)

Types of Laser Vision Correction

Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is a laser refractive surgery technique that reshapes the surface of the cornea without the need to create a flap.

LASIK is a laser refractive surgery technique that reshapes the inner layers of the cornea after a flap is created.

Both ASA and LASIK work incredibly well to correct mild and moderate degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure that’s right for you depends on your unique situation and preferences.

In general, good candidates for laser vision correction:

  • Are at least 21 years old
  • Have healthy eyes
  • Have stable vision for 6-12 months prior to the procedure
  • Understand that they may still require reading glasses after age 40
  • Are willing to commit to follow up care

Is it Safe?

Over time, many technologic improvements have increased the safety of laser vision correction. As a result, the majority of patients having laser vision correction experience no long term complications.

Dr. Kounkel has been performing laser vision correction since 2000. She uses the VISX S4 with CustomVue excimer laser. Worldwide, VISX excimer lasers have performed over 2 million laser surgery cases. Dr. Kounkel performs all of her laser vision correction surgeries at Eye Surgery/Laser Eye Center in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Find out if Laser Vision Correction is right for you! Call to request a consultation with Dr. Kounkel at 515-225-2566.