LASIK Eye Surgery
LASIK surgery is an extremely popular vision correction procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea. This advanced procedure can treat low to high levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to reduce or eliminate a patient’s dependency on contact lenses and glasses. Because Dr. Andrew Holzman focuses on providing the highest quality care, we have invested in the safest and most precise equipment. Dr. Holzman and the staff at our TLC Laser Eye Center offices in the greater Washington, D.C. area carefully perform pre-operative diagnostic testing to determine which LASIK technique, if any, is best suited for your vision correction needs. Our completely customized treatment plans can help you achieve the best possible outcome through refractive surgery.
Protecting a Valuable Asset: David’s Story
“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 70,000 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
We invite you to read more testimonials from satisfied patients.
Correcting Refractive Errors with LASIK
LASIK can address many of the refractive errors patients struggle with on a daily basis. LASIK may be able to improve your vision, giving you 20/40 sight or better if you suffer from:
- Myopia: Better known as nearsightedness, this refractive error is the most common. Patients with myopia typically need corrective lenses to view objects in the distance, although they may have no problems reading and performing other up-close tasks.
- Hyperopia: Also known as farsightedness, patients with hyperopia have trouble reading and doing other up-close work, but may have excellent distance vision.
- Astigmatism: Abnormally shaped corneas create astigmatism. Patients with astigmatism typically experience moderately to severely blurry vision at any distance. Some patients may have astigmatism in conjunction with myopia or hyperopia.
- Presbyopia: This age-related form of farsightedness begins to take place in the mid- to late-40s for most patients. The natural lenses in our eyes begin to lose their flexibility over time. This makes it more difficult to view objects up close, and patients generally must rely on reading glasses. Unfortunately, there is no cure for presbyopia, but LASIK can improve vision when incorporated into a treatment called monovision. With this technique, Dr. Holzman will correct one eye to achieve distance focus and the other to see objects up close.
- Other Higher-Order Aberrations: Until fairly recently, LASIK and similar procedures were limited to treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. With more advanced techniques and technology, Dr. Holzman can now address a variety of other vision issues, including blurred or double vision, halos and starbursts around lights, trouble seeing at night, and decreased contrast sensitivity. His advanced techniques also minimize the risk of developing higher-order aberrations following LASIK surgery.
LASIK Pre-Operative Exam
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 shape and size
- A tear film test for dry eyes (patients with chronic dry eye are generally not good candidates for LASIK)
These tests are quick and involve little to no discomfort. After Dr. Holzman has completed all the necessary tests, he can discuss whether LASIK is right for you and which technique is most appropriate for your vision needs.
Our completely customized treatment plans can ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome from your LASIK procedure.
Risks and Benefits
LASIK has become incredibly popular not only because of the results it can provide, but also because patients recover more quickly and can experience fewer complications and side effects than with other methods of vision correction. Dr. Holzman has been consistently successful in helping our patients eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses through LASIK surgery. Following LASIK performed at our practice, serious complications are extremely rare, and the chance of experiencing a vision-reducing complication is less than one percent.
To minimize risks, Dr. Holzman and the expert staff at the TLC Laser Eye Centers perform extensive pre-operative testing to determine which treatment is most appropriate. All LASIK patients receive thorough information concerning the risks involved in the procedure. Dr. Holzman will only recommend a treatment if he believes it is entirely safe and beneficial for you.
About Your LASIK Surgeon
Dr. Holzman has completed more than 70,000 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 fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Learn More about LASIK
LASIK eye surgery performed by an experienced and reputable surgeon can greatly improve your quality of life. If you want to learn more about the LASIK procedure, the cost of LASIK, or your candidacy for the procedure, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation at one of our five offices.
“Dr. Holzman is the best - very honest, very professional yet very friendly and personable.” Ben E.