Although glasses and contacts can help you focus in spite of refractive errors, they can be cumbersome and inconvenient.
If you want to achieve clearer vision without the need for corrective eyewear, LASIK eye surgery by renowned ophthalmologist Andrew E. Holzman may be the right solution for you.
What makes LASIK at our Washington, D.C.-area practice such a great option?
Clearer Vision from a Trusted Surgeon
Dr. Holzman has performed over 70,000 laser eye correction procedures. A board-certified ophthalmologist, he uses state-of-the-art technology to perform precise, effective LASIK procedures.
If you are ready to embrace clear vision without glasses or contacts, schedule a free consultation at one of our convenient offices in the Washington D.C.-area. We can serve patients throughout Maryland and Virginia.
“Dr. Holzman made the process a breeze. He was professional, answered all my questions, and the procedure was successful! I felt I was in great hands and will happily recommend Dr. Holzman.”Kyle Benedetto
LASIK can address many of the refractive errors patients struggle with on a daily basis. LASIK and similar procedures were initially limited to treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Today, Dr. Holzman's advanced techniques allow him to address a wider range of issues.
LASIK may be able to improve your vision, giving you 20/40 sight or better, if you suffer from:
Ready to join the millions of patients who have benefitted from clearer vision after LASIK?
Reach out to our Washington D.C.-area practice today to book an appointment with Dr. Holzman. With multiple locations, we can provide care for patients throughout Maryland and Virginia.
To determine if you are a candidate for LASIK treatment, Dr. Holzman performs diagnostic pre-operative testing and evaluates your overall health. Patients who are not candidates for LASIK surgery may be eligible for other treatments such as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) surgery or corneal implants.
Important criteria include:
Pregnancy and Your Vision
Pregnant women undergo a number of physical and hormonal changes which can cause vision changes. LASIK is advised only for patients with stable vision – pregnant or otherwise.
Eye drops and other medications are administered as part of the LASIK procedure and recovery. Although these therapies are perfectly safe for adults, they should not be administered to pregnant women because a developing fetus may be more sensitive.
LASIK and Breastfeeding
LASIK is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding. In the months following childbirth, a woman will continue to experience hormonal changes that can affect her vision. The best way to enjoy optimal, long-lasting LASIK results is by seeking treatment after your hormonal changes and vision have stabilized. Additionally, the medications administered as part of the LASIK process will enter the woman’s body, including her breast milk.
In general, LASIK surgeons recommend that women wait at least three months after they give birth or stop breastfeeding before considering LASIK surgery.
It is very important to know when to avoid undergoing LASIK. There are a number of eye conditions that may affect your candidacy:
About Your LASIK Surgeon
Dr. Holzman has completed more than 75,000 vision correction procedures over the course of more than 25 years. He attended Emory University for his medical degree, where he graduated with honors.
He completed an ophthalmology residency at George Washington University and a corneal surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Improved Results with Bladeless LASIK
Because Dr. Holzman focuses on providing the highest quality care, we have invested in the safest and most precise equipment.
The bladeless LASIK procedure performed at his practice uses the very latest technology and techniques to provide qualified patients with the outstanding results for which Dr. Holzman is known worldwide.
I had Lasik done with Dr. Holzman and it was breeze. Dr. Holzman spoke to me before procedure to give an idea about the whole process and tips on how not to be nervous. He also spoke to me during Lasik and after done I asked myself "is that it?" So if you're thinking about Lasik go to Dr. Holzman. Icing on the cake is Dr. Holzman will personally text you to see how you're doing after Lasik. I wish I could give him more than 5 stars.d with their knowledge, caring and professionalism. Thank you very much for taking care of my eyes. View On Google
5, 5, 5 times hundred stars! What a professional and enjoyable experience! I immediately saw right after the procedure. Dr. Holzman was beyond excellent! I really enjoyed the entire process from the initial consultation to the final procedure. Dr. Holzman is definitely an expert at his craft. He kept me calm and relaxed from the moment I met him. And he talked to me through out the whole procedure and before I knew, it was over. And his staff was amazing as well. I would definitely recommend for anyone who is considering LASIK. I hope it is an awesome experience for you and changes your life, as it has changed mine. :) View On Google
We proudly offer iLASIK, in which a special laser (iFS) is used to create the corneal flap rather than using a keratome blade. This allows Dr. Holzman to execute this step in the procedure with greater precision than was previously possible.
In addition to traditional LASIK surgery, we also offer custom LASIK, an ultra-precise variation that uses sophisticated wavefront 3-D diagnostics to map the most minute details of the patient's cornea. Wavefront LASIK, which carries a greater cost than traditional LASIK, enables Dr. Holzman to correct even higher-order aberrations, thereby reducing the risk of such side effects as glare, halos, blurring, difficulty seeing at night, and double vision.
Our practice uses the latest technology in our laser eye treatments to provide the maximum benefits and utmost safety to our patients. This includes the WaveLight® Excimer Laser. This advanced tool minimizes the risks of LASIK, while making the surgery faster and more precise than ever before.
Prior to performing any procedure, Dr. Holzman will perform a comprehensive eye exam. This is more intensive than a typical annual eye exam.
During a LASIK pre-operative exam, he will perform a routine vision test as well as:
- A dilated eye exam
- Corneal topography tests to measure the curvature of the corneas and create a detailed map of their surfaces
- A tear film test for dry eyes
These tests are quick and involve little to no discomfort. After Dr. Holzman has completed all the necessary tests, he can recommend LASIK or another procedure.
Our completely customized treatment plans can ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome from your LASIK procedure.
On the day of your LASIK procedure, you should plan to arrive at the TLC Laser Eye Center at your scheduled time. Please do not be late. Avoid wearing any colognes or perfumes. Please do not use scented soaps that day.
Additionally, our patients' recovery in the following days and weeks is generally straightforward and painless, with very minor side effects that quickly diminish.
All of our patients will experience some blurriness following LASIK, so arrangements should be made for a friend or family member to drive you home.
The Day of Your Procedure
Immediately after LASIK, your eyes will be examined with a slit lamp microscope. This special tool focuses a thin sheet of high-intensity light into the eye, providing a stereoscopic view of the cornea. This allows Dr. Holzman to examine the epithelium, or the outer layer of the cornea, to make certain that the flap is in a proper position to heal.
You may experience some discomfort while recovering at home, which is why we recommend that you rest your eyes to reduce irritation. After taking a nap, you may notice that your eyes feel better and your sight is even clearer. Other patients may sleep through the night and wake up the next morning to find that they can see well without their glasses.
The Week following Treatment
The day following your procedure, you will return to our office (or see your referring doctor) for a follow-up examination to ensure you are healing properly. Within the first few days of LASIK, patients may also experience some mild side effects, which quickly subside.
Many patients return to their everyday activities, including work, errands, or even a trip to the gym within a couple of days of their procedure. Although non-contact sports can be resumed, patients should abstain from any activities that put the eye in danger of trauma, such as volleyball or martial arts, until their doctor provides their approval. Since LASIK works by reshaping your cornea, it is very important that patients avoid applying any creams or make-up around their eye area for at least a week.
Dr. Holzman will determine when it is safe for you to begin driving again. Patients are often cleared to drive as soon as one to two days after surgery.
The Month after Surgery
Contaminated water can cause infection, so activities like swimming, saunas, or steam baths should be avoided for at least a month. Patients should also refrain from rubbing their eyes during this time to allow the corneal flap to properly heal.
Your vision should stabilize in the weeks after the procedure, and it is not uncommon to experience subtle shifts in your sight during this time. While some patients prefer to wear glasses during certain tasks like driving or reading, many are able to enjoy these activities without any dependence on corrective eyewear.
“I had a wonderful experience here! The entire office staff was so friendly and helpful and put me at ease. I had debated this for decades and I am so glad I did it. My ophthalmologist raved about the quality job that Dr. Holzman did, as well. Highly recommend!”aimee heavener
The quick, dramatic improvement in the way patients see the world is one of the reasons so many people turn to LASIK.
Patients with higher prescriptions may notice that their vision is significantly better almost immediately after their surgery, and patients with lower prescriptions often say that their sight improves within six to eight hours.
“After all my eyes have been through, I consider LASIK to truly be a miracle. First of all, I should mention that I am a commercial pilot and, previously, an Air Force pilot. Eyes have always been considered one of a pilot’s most valuable assets. Having good vision has been a concern of mine since the time I entered the Air Force Academy 30 years ago.
I decided that if I was going to have LASIK surgery, it should be performed by the best doctor I could find. My exhaustive research led me to Dr. Holzman, a veteran of more than 75,000 procedures. Using Dr. Holzman would require that I travel three hours for the surgery, but I had no doubts that the drive would be well worth it.”
—David Webb, Commercial Airline Pilot and Author
If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and wish to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses, you may be wondering: Is LASIK safe? The fact is that LASIK performed at our Washington, DC-area practice is very safe. Dr. Holzman has performed more than 75,000 vision correction surgeries. His experience and technologically sophisticated approach to refractive surgery minimizes risks and can ensure that you experience the best possible results of LASIK surgery. To determine if the procedure is right for you, Dr. Holzman will conduct a thorough review of your ocular health and overall health history.
Dry eye is the most common side effect of LASIK, and it usually subsides after the recovery period. According to a large study, 35% of patients suffered from dry eye after LASIK, but 32% had a previous history of dry eye.
Like any surgery, LASIK carries some risk of complications. Some patients may experience dry eyes after surgery, but this condition is easily treated with eye drops. During the LASIK procedure, a flap is created in the cornea, allowing access to its inner layers. Complications related to healing of the flap, including infection and swelling, may occur. Other risks include glare, halo, difficulty seeing at night, or double vision.
A High Rate of Success
The single most important step you can take in minimizing these risks is to choose a trusted, reputable surgeon. Dr. Holzman has performed more than 75,000 refractive eye surgeries with an extremely high rate of success. Our practice utilizes the latest technologies in the field, providing a high level of precision and accuracy during treatment, and takes every possible measure to avoid the over- or under-correction of your condition.
We also hold our patients to very strict candidacy standards. LASIK is not right for everyone, and roughly 20 percent of our patients do not meet the criteria we have outlined to be considered for the surgery. Dr. Holzman is skilled in additional refractive surgery options, like PRK, and if he decides you should not undergo LASIK, he will work to find a treatment option that works best for you.
Many patients do not realize that when it comes to any form of refractive surgery, they have the power to influence the safety of their procedure. In short, choosing an experienced surgeon using advanced technology can significantly improve the likelihood of a successful procedure involving minimal side-effects and long-term benefits.
Dr. Holzman is a leader in refractive surgery who lectures and teaches regularly, sharing his expertise with colleagues and medical students alike. Meanwhile, he performs bladeless LASIK with a laser instead of a blade to create the corneal flap, a technique that significantly reduces the risk of infection and flap complications.
In fact, a study of more than 3,000 patients found that less than .05 percent of those who underwent bladeless LASIK between 2002 and 2009 experienced any kind of flap complication. Many patients have experienced life-changing LASIK benefits under his care.
“The LASIK procedure was short and easy, and I had better than perfect vision the very next day... Dr. Holzman is great and so are the other doctors and staff... Thank you very much for taking care of my eyes.”D.L. - June 24, 2018
There are several factors that will determine exactly how much your LASIK surgery will cost. During your comprehensive consultation, we can explain these factors and help you gain a clearer understanding of the financial commitment LASIK requires.
Because LASIK is considered an elective surgery, it is not covered by insurance. To help put LASIK within the budgets of those who need it, we offer competitive pricing and payment plans.
There are several considerations which can help reduce your out-of-pocket expenses for corrective eye surgery, such as:
LASIK can require a significant up-front cost, but the benefits can more than justify the investment:
In addition to traditional LASIK, Dr. Holzman can perform Contoura™ Vision, an advanced LASIK method, as well as several other treatments:
Understanding Your Results
You're probably familiar with LASIK's ability to transform important aspects of your life, but you may still be wondering how long these results will last.
The lasting impact your procedure will ultimately have is largely dependent on your choice of surgeon. Dr. Holzman is a skilled, experienced specialist who uses advanced techniques to maximize the benefits you could experience.
“Just had my one year LASIK follow up yesterday, 20/20 vision... everything & everyone was professional and thorough. Like everyone else, the actual procedure - while a bit strange - had no pain, was super quick, and I could see when I stood up. Thanks Dr Holzman! ”Christina T. - March 25, 2018
After surgery, LASIK patients can often enjoy reduced dependency on glasses and contacts or even eliminate their dependency altogether.
Because the cornea itself is altered during LASIK, many people believe they will have 20/20 vision, or even better, for the rest of their life. In an ideal world, the eyes would defy the inevitable effects of aging. But the natural aging process takes a toll on the eyes, whether you have undergone LASIK or not.
In short, a number of factors will determine how long the effects of LASIK will last. Many of our patients enjoy the maximized benefits of their procedure for years and even decades.
Age-related eye conditions and diseases can compromise the effects of LASIK, including:
About five percent of LASIK patient will require a touch-up procedure at some point, restoring their 20/20 vision. If you choose to undergo LASIK again, Dr. Holzman can use the same corneal flap created during your initial surgery.
Choosing a reputable, technologically advanced practice is the best way to maximize your LASIK results. Our practice combines unparalleled experience (Dr. Holzman has successfully performed more than 75,000 surgeries) with the most innovative techniques and equipment to provide patients with the best possible results. We use advanced tools like Wavefront diagnostic technology for highly customized corneal reshaping, and the ALLEGRETTO WAVE™ laser system to provide unparalleled control and accuracy during surgery.
Ready to get started? Schedule your free LASIK consultation by contacting one of our offices in the Washington, DC, area.
“LASIK is a scary, risky procedure, so you want to go to the best possible provider. I'm not sure you could find a better place than TLC. They are extremely professional, knowledgable, and accommodating, and best of all they will be honest with you...”Benjamin M. - April 26, 2017
Are the Results Permanent?
After LASIK, your vision will continue to change with the effects of the aging process. You can expect clearer vision for many years, but when changes become noticeable, you can undergo a touch-up procedure.
Is LASIK Painful?
You should not experience any pain during the procedure since anesthetic drops will be used to numb the eye. After, over-the-counter pain medication should be sufficient for managing discomfort, which often subsides after a nap.
How Long Is the Procedure?
LASIK surgery is typically a very quick outpatient procedure. The entire treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes per eye. You should plan to be at our office for a total of about an hour or two on the day of your surgery.
Dr. Andrew E. Holzman
Dr. Holzman is a board-certified ophthalmologist and the LASIK surgeon other eye doctors trust with their care. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field and has performed over 75,000 LASIK, PRK, and other ophthalmologic procedures.
To schedule your free consultation at one of our many practice locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, request an appointment online or call (703) 556-9155.
“Dr. Holzman is the best - very honest, very professional yet very friendly and personable.” Ben E.