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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 is a noninvasive, refractive surgery that changes the shape of your cornea using a laser that emits an ultraviolet beam of light. 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.

LASIK stands for Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis.

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. 

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is done by removing the surface (epithelial) cells of the cornea and then sculpting the cornea with an excimer laser. PRK does not have a “flap” of cornea that LASIK does.

After your treatment, a bandage contact lens is placed on the eye and 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

A phakic IOL is a procedure that adds an artificial lens inside of the eye on top of the natural lens. This procedure is often done for patients with high amount of nearsightedness.

Intraocular lens (IOL)

An intraocular lens (IOL) may be an option if you’re not a good candidate for laser surgery. 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 different lens options, like multifocal lenses that work for distance and reading. You surgeon will help you choose which lens may work best for you.

LASIK FAQs

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

A comprehensive 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 offer a mild sedative to help you feel relaxed and use numb your eyes with drops. LASIK is very well tolerated, so you’ll still be awake and conversational.

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, using our bladeless, all-laser equipment.

The process involves two lasers: the IFS Advanced Femtosecond Laser creates a corneal flap, then the Star S4 IR Excimer Laser corrects the vision in each eye.

What is the recovery period for LASIK?

LASIK has a very rapid recovery. Your vision will be a bit blurry right after LASIK and we recommend resting at home to help in the initial healing process.

You will be responsible for taking eye drops for one week after the procedure. You’ll have a followup visit with your surgeon the next day and then 1-3 weeks later.

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, you are not alone! You will be given oral valium to help calm your nerves and eye drops to make you more comfortable. Our staff is here to talk or even hold your hand to help ease your nerves.

Are there any restrictions after LASIK?

While your are healing fully for 1-2 weeks, you should 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, this same technology is approved for individuals serving our country in the military. There are risks to the procedure, including a decrease in vision, infection, and corneal swelling. The rate of complications is extremely low.

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!  

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