LASIK Overview

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What is LASIK eye surgery?

Laser vision correction has revolutionized the field of ophthalmology, and LASIK is the most popular technique available. LASIK, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, has been helping individuals see more clearly for many years, enabling them to enhance their day-to-day lives and reduce the hassles associated with corrective eyewear.

Dr. Steven Nielsen and Dr. Helen R. Moreira at the Nielsen Eye Center are experienced LASIK eye surgeons who utilize the latest in LASIK technology. Our doctors begin the process with a complimentary LASIK consultation and then customize the treatment for each patient to achieve the best possible results.

Below, you will find information on a variety of topics related to LASIK treatment at our practice, along with links to more detailed pages. Please contact a Patient Advocate at the Nielsen Eye Center by calling 877-373-2020. Our Patient Advocates are here to help answer your questions and will happily assist you in scheduling a no-cost consultation and vision evaluation.

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Why LASIK at Nielsen Eye Center?

  • Speed: The Allegretto Wavelight Laser is the fastest laser available in the world. Treatments are completed in less than 15 seconds per eye! Decreased treatment time promotes faster visual recovery, increases predictability and reduces the incidence of complications.
  • Optimization: Every treatment is customized to the individual’s prescription and cornea. On an older laser, all patients with the same
    prescription would get the same treatment. On the Allegretto laser, we make a map of your individual eye and perform a custom treatment.
  • Precision: Eye tracking technology ensures that the laser is lined up correctly with every pulse that hits your eye. It tracks the eye’s movement 400 times per second! It also uses a smaller spot size that allows the laser to treat the exact spots on the cornea that needs treatment.
  • Natural Shape: This is the only laser that keeps the cornea as round as possible which is closest to the natural shape. Other lasers may flatten the cornea, which may cause glare and night vision problems.

LASIK Step-by-Step

LASIK utilizes state-of-the-art laser technology to reshape the eye’s cornea and to allow for improved refraction of light. This can correct a number of refractive errors and help patients attain substantially clearer vision. The LASIK procedure is a quick outpatient treatment, and most patients begin experiencing clearer vision by the next day.


LASIK technology has continued to advance over the years, and our doctors are committed to providing our patients with the most precise LASIK techniques. Technology at our practice includes the Wavefront-Guided LASIK with Allegretto Wave® system, IntraLase™ all-laser LASIK treatment, and Flapless LASIK (LASEK) for patients who may not be candidates for the standard LASIK procedure.


Monovision LASIK is a treatment that can help patients suffering from presbyopia – farsightedness caused by the loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye. Presbyopia usually affects individuals over the age of 40. This treatment is ideal for presbyopic patients who would like to reduce their dependence on bifocals in order to clearly see objects at near or far distances.

 Are You a Candidate?

If you are looking for an effective way to correct visual refractive errors and diminish your dependence on eyewear, you may be a candidate for LASIK. During your initial LASIK consultation, our doctor will evaluate the condition of your eyes and determine if this procedure is best for your needs.


Do you have concerns about LASIK? Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has information on many aspects of the procedure.


Our LASIK Self-Evaluation form offers a quick way to discover if LASIK is a good option for your vision care needs.


Care Credit FinancingSince most insurance companies consider LASIK to be an elective treatment, the procedure is not often covered. With that in mind, The Nielsen Eye Center accepts a comprehensive range of payment methods – including CareCredit® healthcare financing and Flex Spending plans. Our experienced Patient Advocates will assist you in meeting your budget needs.

VIP LASIK Consultation

At The Nielsen Eye Center, we want to ensure you receive the absolute best in care. That’s why we have developed the VIP LASIK Consultation, a comprehensive evaluation process that focuses on providing the details you need to make an informed decision about treatment.