Seeing clearly again is simpler than you might think. With access to the most modern technology and techniques, your vision can dramatically improve in minutes.
LASIK EYE SURGERY IS THE MOST COMMON PATH to vision correction and glasses-free living. The procedure takes just a few minutes and can provide a lifetime of dramatically improved vision. LASIK reduces or eliminates nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. There are very few surgeons in the United States who’ve performed more LASIK procedures than Dr. Matthew Sharpe, founder of SharpeVision.
At SharpeVision, we perform only all-laser LASIK. Prior to the mid 2000s, a device with a steel blade was the only option to create the flap for LASIK. This has been called “standard LASIK.” Since then, an extremely precise femtosecond laser has been available to create the flap on the cornea. It allows faster, safer, and more comfortable creation of the flap and is a large step forward in technology. It’s the only way Dr. Sharpe will perform LASIK and is the very best for your eyes. Dr. Sharpe recommends PRK for about 10% of his patients due to a variety of medical, lifestyle, and vocational reasons. PRK stands for "Photo-refractive Keratectomy,” and is another laser technique with results identical to LASIK.
Is LASIK right for you?
In most cases, yes! While not everyone can safely have laser vision correction, around 85% of the patients we see are good candidates for LASIK. And because we utilize the latest technology, we’re able to treat many patients who weren’t candidates in the past. Take a minute to schedule a free comprehensive eye examination to see if you’re a candidate. Our doctors will evaluate your eyes using the most modern and comprehensive measurements available. Dr. Sharpe and his team will discuss all the options and answer any questions you may have. For patients who are not candidates for LASIK or PRK, lens implant technologies may be available.
Free comprehensive eye exam
At SharpeVision, finding out if you're a candidate for LASIK is free. That's right, we waive the $150 fee for this 90-minute consultation because we are confident that once you meet with our doctors and staff you'll want to be our patient for life. As part of your consultation we'll perform multiple diagnostic measurements, including 3-D measurements of the shape and thickness of your cornea. In many cases, our patients are surprised to learn how brief the surgery is and how quickly they can return to normal activity (often later the same day).
Over the years, we’ve heard many myths about vision correction and want to clarify them and answer other common questions.
Lasers cannot correct astigmatism.
Laser vision correction was approved for the correction of astigmatism in 1998, and we’ve been treating it with improved lasers ever since. When you have moderate to severe astigmatism, laser vision correction is an extremely appealing option, because toric (astigmatism correcting) contact lenses are thicker, more expensive, less comfortable, and give more variable vision than ordinary contacts.
I will need reading glasses.
We can’t avoid aging, but we can often avoid reading glasses. A moving part inside our eye, called the crystalline lens, becomes less flexible as we age. Although no current technology can restore this flexibility of youth, we can avoid reading glasses by employing a time-tested method called “monovision”. During your consultation, we demonstrate this option for our patients over 40 to see well at distance and near without glasses.
The laser will mess up if I move.
Our lasers have an amazingly fast infrared tracker that keeps the laser perfectly centered on your eye. It follows small movements of your eye during the procedure, so if your eye moves, the laser moves with it. Large movements of the eye cause the tracker to stop the laser until the eye is back into position.
Dr. Sharpe has chosen the most advanced laser systems for his LASIK procedures.
The Ziemer® Femto LDV Crystal Line laser has a pulse rate that is 20 times faster and with less energy than other femtosecond lasers, which allows for faster recovery of vision and shorter procedure time. While we are proud to offer our patients the most technologically advanced equipment available, the single most important factor in the success of your treatment is the skill and experience of your eye surgeon. Learn more.
The Nidek Quest EC-5000 laser is the newest FDA approved laser and combines the best of previous and new technologies in one superbly precise instrument. If a patient's eye makes slight movements the Nidek laser's high-speed infrared eye tracking follows along. The EC-5000 also offers Torsion error Detection (TED) where the laser aligns the treatment to unique points on the iris. Custom Aspheric Teatment Zone (CATz) is Nidek's latest innovation and enables surgeons to treat each eye's unique irregularities to deliver the best possible vision. Dr. Sharpe is the first in the state of Texas to provide this new technology.