If you are tired of depending on glasses and contact lenses to see clearly, LASIK may be the right vision correction solution for you. Dr. Jim Montgomery and his highly trained team at Montgomery Eye Care in Northglenn and Westminster, Colorado, provide comprehensive treatment and the latest tools and techniques in order to deliver satisfying vision correction results for our patients in the greater Denver area.

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What is LASIK?

Nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism are common vision problems that are caused by a mismatch between the optics of the cornea and the length of the eyeball. This prevents the cornea from correctly bending (refracting) light onto the retina to produce clear images. LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a type of vision correction surgery that reshapes the cornea to correct these refractive errors.

LASIK is a safe and effective refractive surgery procedure, and the American Refractive Surgery Council reports that Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source What is the LASIK Success Rate? American Refractive Surgery Council Go to Source up to 90% of LASIK patients achieve vision that is 20/20 or better.

Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK?

During your initial consultation appointment at our office, we will perform a thorough examination to establish your candidacy for laser eye surgery. Dr. Montgomery will review your medical history, current medical conditions, and medications to determine if you are in good overall health. In general, a good candidate for LASIK:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has a stable vision prescription, with no changes for at least one year
  • Has corneas that are healthy along with the rest of the eye

Before undergoing the LASIK procedure, it is imperative that any eye conditions are under control, such as dry eyes and glaucoma, which could undermine your results and leave you at risk of complications. If you do not qualify for this procedure due to a lack of sufficient corneal tissue, we may suggest an alternative procedure for vision correction, such as Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) or the EVO ICL.

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Benefits of LASIK

LASIK offers those who are tired of the hassle of contact lenses and eyeglasses a way to significantly improve their eyesight. Millions of patients have enjoyed the benefits of this revolutionary eye surgery, which has allowed them the freedom of perfect or near-perfect vision without the need for corrective lenses.

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laser eye surgery include:

  • The procedure is fast and comfortable
  • Results are nearly immediate
  • A high rate of patient satisfaction: nearly 99% of LASIK patients report that they are satisfied or very satisfied with their experience and results

Preparing for LASIK

Once your LASIK procedure has been scheduled, Dr. Montgomery will discuss preoperative and postoperative care instructions with you to make sure you are adequately prepared for the procedure, including:

  • What clothing to wear to the procedure
  • Eyeglass and contact lens instructions
  • Medications to avoid
  • How to care for your eyes after the procedure

Another key step in preparing for LASIK eye surgery is to make arrangements with a friend or family member for transportation on the day of your procedure, since you won’t be permitted to drive yourself home.

LASIK Surgery: What to Expect

You will be offered a sedative to help with anxiety and to help you sleep afterwards. LASIK vision correction surgery will begin with the administration of local anesthetic eye drops for optimal comfort throughout the LASIK surgery. Dr. Montgomery will then place a speculum over your eye so you won’t need to worry about blinking during the procedure. Once your eyes are prepared, he will use the bladeless Ziemer LDV femtosecond laser to make a thin flap incision in the cornea. As one of the fastest lasers in the market, this advanced technology safely and gently creates a clean flap and helps reduce stress on the cornea.

Once the corneal flap is created, Dr. Montgomery will gently fold the flap to the side and use an Alcon WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser, the fastest excimer laser in the market, to reshape the cornea and correct your impaired vision. With a map of your eye programmed into the laser, it will administer quick pulses of concentrated light and remove excess corneal tissue.

Once the cornea is successfully reshaped, Dr. Montgomery will complete the procedure by folding the flap back into place. Since your eye will heal on its own, no sutures are required. The entire process in the laser suite typically takes less than 15 minutes.

LASIK Recovery and Results

Once your laser eye surgery is complete, we will place protective glasses over your eyes to help prevent light sensitivity and to remind you not to rub your eyes. You will need to have someone available to drive you to and from your LASIK surgery. Keeping the eyes closed as much as possible for the first few hours facilitates healing. For the first 24 hours, rest your eyes as much as possible and avoid heavy visual activities, such as watching TV, reading, and computer use.

It is not uncommon to experience blurriness, light sensitivity, and the feeling of something in your eye for the first 48 hours after LASIK. Although you will notice immediate improvement in vision, results from LASIK eye surgery can take several months to finalize. To ensure optimal recovery and results from LASIK refractive surgery, you should attend your necessary follow-up appointments and follow all postoperative instructions carefully.

5-Star Rating!

I have been getting treated by Dr Montgomery for many years! 15 to be exact and when I told him I wanted to get lasik surgery he suggested I don’t because of my chronic dry eyes. However, with his care and his instructions I was able to get there. Today I can see 20/20 and I couldn’t be happier!

Yessenia F.

All I could say is the staff was amazing. The techs treated my mom so sweet, keeping her warm and comfortable. Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Dugan are the best! They did an excellent job, my mother was seeing 20/20 even before the adjustments were done. She is on top of the moon. Walking out they were calling her a Rock Star!!

Brenda C.

Great experience with Lasik. No pressure to go through with the procedure. Tons of pre-exam information and very thorough post-exam process.

Brian H.

Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Is LASIK painful?

Pain should not be a part of your LASIK experience. However, it is not sensation free. Before the procedure, numbing eye drops will be used to help you stay comfortable. After LASIK, some of our patients have reported the sensation that something is in their eye, but most of our patients experience little to no discomfort.

Can Dr. Montgomery perform LASIK on both of my eyes at the same time?

Yes. In fact, most of our patients opt to undergo LASIK on both eyes during a single appointment, since this consolidates their recovery time and requires them to take less time away from work.

What are the risks and complications of LASIK?

LASIK is considered to be a safe vision correction procedure, especially when performed by a highly experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Montgomery. Still, there are risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure. Risks and side effects of LASIK, while rare, may include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Glares or halos
  • Dislocation of the corneal flap
  • Double vision
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Why Choose Dr. Montgomery for LASIK?

Dr. Jim Montgomery and the team at Montgomery Eye Care have more than 20 years of experience and have performed tens of thousands of vision correction surgeries with outstanding results. Each member of our staff and every eye doctor on our team are devoted to providing a sterling standard of excellence. From our comprehensive eye exams to help determine your LASIK candidacy, to your pre-operative and post operative care, our skilled team of doctors can take care of every aspect of your eye care needs, and you can feel confident that your eye health and the clarity of your vision are our highest priorities.

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1 American Refractive Surgery Council. What is the LASIK Success Rate? Available: Accessed October 3, 2022.

2 Bamashmus MA, Hubaish K, Alawad M, Alakhlee H. Functional outcome and patient satisfaction after laser in situ keratomileusis for correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jan-Mar;22(1):108-14. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.148359. PMID: 25624684; PMCID: PMC4302464. Available: Accessed October 3, 2022.

3 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What are the risks and how can I find the right doctor for me? Available: Accessed October 3, 2022.

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