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LASIK in Madison, WI

Congratulations on making the decision to further educate yourself about LASIK! At Anderson and Shapiro Eye Care, we want you to have all the information on this process and know that our goal is to help you decrease your dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

Anderson and Shapiro Eye Care is a locally-owned private practice. We pride ourselves in our commitment to serving others and continuously strive to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Experienced LASIK Surgeons

Michael B. Shapiro, M.D.Our Doctors have collectively performed approximately 25,000 refractive procedures. Beginning with your initial consultation, continuing into surgery, and checking you at your post-operative appointments, our surgeons will be the ones to see you every step of the way.

Dr. Michael Shapiro pioneered refractive surgery in Wisconsin by establishing the Refractive Surgery Clinic with Dr. C. Joseph Anderson. In fact, they were the first surgeons to perform LASIK in the state of Wisconsin over 20 years ago.

Dr. Shapiro has performed LASIK on many staff members, close friends, and his two sons, one who is currently a commercial airline pilot, and the other while he was playing golf at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Nicole Anderson-WeissOphthalmologist preparing for LASIK obtained her fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Minnesota Eye Consultants in 2001, one of the best LASIK centers in the country.

Since then, she has performed LASIK on many physician friends from the community, all of whom strongly rely on their eyesight for their professions.

It is important for you to understand LASIK is an investment- safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction should always be the deciding factor behind the center you choose, not the cost. We offer financing options to patients through CareCredit. Please take the time to fill out our LASIK self-evaluation to see if you qualify as a candidate.

Our LASIK surgeons in Madison have everything you need to achieve the sight that you have always wanted. With years of experience and the latest technology to perform the LASIK procedure at the highest standard, schedule a consultation at our Madison offices today.

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis.

LASIK is a noninvasive, refractive surgery that changes the shape of your cornea using a laser that admits an ultraviolet beam of light and this is what can correct your vision. The beam of light reshapes the top layer of the cornea and this can allow an image to focus directly on the retina, creating clearer, brighter sight.

The laser sends calculated pulses of ultraviolet light to the cornea based on pre-operative measurements and these light pulses remove a microscopic layer of the cornea and this changes its shape.

iLASIK procedure diagram

There are different types of refractive surgeries and at Anderson and Shapiro, we offer the best technology in vision correction and our skilled surgeons are here to make the best choices for you and your visual needs. If you are considering LASIK, call (608) 827-7705 to request an appointment, and our experts will help you make the right decision about whether LASIK eye surgery is right for you.

LASIK Alternatives

Some individuals may not be a candidate for LASIK; however, there are other options which may work for you. Here are some other alternatives the surgeon may find more suitable for you: PRK, Phakic IOLs, IOL, or Raindrop Inlay.

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is done by removing the surface (epithelial) cells of the cornea and then resculpting the cornea with the excimer laser. PRK differs from LASIK in that no flap of tissue is created prior to applying the treatment.

Afterward, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and typically removed approximately 1 week later. This procedure can be done in patients to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is often used when the cornea is too thin for LASIK.

Phakic IOL

Phakic IOL is done by placing an artificial lens inside of the eye and leaving the natural lens in its place. This procedure is typically done in patients with high levels of myopia.

Intraocular lenses (IOLs)

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) may be an option if the refractive error of the eye falls outside the parameters set for our lasers. We do this procedure by removing the natural lens of the eye and placing an artificial lens.

This procedure is known as refractive lens exchange and is similar to cataract surgery. There are numerous types of lens options, depending on your lifestyle and desire. The surgeon would be able to discuss which lens may work best for you.


How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK?

A complete eye exam with additional testing is needed to determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK or not. If certain ocular diseases are present, this may exclude you from being a good candidate. A qualified ophthalmologist or optometrist can determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for LASIK, and will discuss all of your options with you.

Will I be put under for the procedure?

We typically give patients oral valium to take prior to the procedure which allows you to feel more relaxed. Additionally, we instill topical numbing drops, which easily numbs the front surface of each eye immediately before the procedure.

How does the LASIK procedure work?

You will be in our office for approximately one hour on the day of the procedure. After you are checked in, the procedure itself takes approximately 10 minutes per eye, utilizing our bladeless all-laser equipment.

The process involves two lasers, the first being our IFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser, responsible for creating the flap, while the Star S4 IR Excimer Laser corrects the vision in each eye. The vision will be a bit blurry after the procedure, and we recommend going home and resting which assists in the initial healing process.

You will be required to take eye drops for approximately one week after the procedure, and our surgeons will follow up with you the next day and then approximately 1-3 weeks after that.

What is the recovery period for LASIK?

LASIK has a very rapid recovery. After surgery, we recommend you go home and rest to help with the initial healing process. The vision will be a bit blurry after the procedure; however, as the day goes on, you will notice your vision starts to perk up.

In the first few days after the procedure, it is common to feel some irritation in the eyes, this will resolve over time as you use your eye drops and your eyes continue to heal.

I am super nervous about someone touching or being near my eyes, what do you do to help with this?

It is very common to be anxious about your procedure, please know you are not alone. You will be given oral valium to help calm your nerves, and topical numbing drops will be placed in each eye to make you more comfortable. Additionally, our staff is here to talk, even hold your hand to help ease your nerves.

Are there any restrictions after LASIK?

You will be responsible for placing in eye drops for about one week after the procedure. Your eyes may take approximately 1-2 weeks to fully heal in which during this time-frame we do want you to avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, saunas, contact sports, and dirty or dusty environments.

How safe is the procedure?

LASIK is an extremely safe procedure, in fact, we utilize this technology on individuals serving our country in the military. There are risks to the procedure, including, but not limited to a decrease in vision, infection, and corneal swelling. Though these risks are extremely low, they can occur.

Patient smiling after LASIK Eye Surgery Dr. Shapiro and A&S employee Veronica are all thumbs up after her successful LASIK procedure.  
Veronica is 20/20 glasses-free!