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LASIKAt Gulf Coast Eye Institute, our eye surgeons have helped thousands of patients enjoy improved vision. Many of these patients have had vision correction with All-Laser LASIK. For many people living in Harlingen, McAllen, and Brownsville, having LASIK has become a very popular choice due to the quick recovery and because our laser eye surgeons are able to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.

Not all LASIK centers and eye surgeons are the same. Gulf Coast Eye Institute features the all laser custom Lasik with two of the newest technologies--the Victus FS laser and Technolas excimer laser. That technology, plus a team of surgeons with numerous years of combined experience, provides to you an unprecedented level of trust and care as a patient.

At Gulf Coast Eye Institute, our LASIK team includes Board Certified ophthalmologists who are also fellowship trained retinal specialists. This means, when indicated, your LASIK screening can include a retinal screening to ensure you are an optimal candidate for LASIK.


Whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, your cornea (the surface of your eye) is misshaped and is not focusing light appropriately onto your retina. Visions is blurred and distorted. Gulf Coast Eye Institute LASIK surgeons use a Technolas excimer laser to reshape and correct the focal point of your cornea surface, resulting in clearer vision for their Harlingen, McAllen and Rio Grande Valley Patients.

If you are nearsighted: Your corneal surface is too steep. Eye surgeons use the Technolas excimer laser to remove tissue from the central area of the cornea to correct the focus.

If you are farsighted: Your corneal surface is too flat. Gulf Coast Eye Institute surgeons use the excimer laser to remove tissue from the corneal surface periphery which will correct focus.

If you have astigmatism: The corneal surface is more oblong than the ideal spherical shape, much like a football rather than a basketball. A Gulf Coast Eye Institute LASIK surgeon uses the excimer laser to remove the multiple focal points that are present with astigmatism, creating one focal point to correct focus. (Astigmatism can be treated during your procedure for nearsightedness or farsightedness).

LASIK – The Permanent Change

During the LASIK procedure, your eyes are permanently changed. LASIK does not “lose its effects” or “wear off” over time.

That said, your eyes may change internally over time. Because of this, many eye surgeons do not recommend the LASIK procedure following any major changes in your eyes —many of which occur in the early stages of life. For example, LASIK is not an ideal procedure for children because their eyes experience developmental changes as they grow. LASIK for children would require continual fine-tuning very shortly after the procedure.

In contrast, LASIK performed on patients over the age of 18 has a much greater incidence of establishing a long-term, stabilized correction. Even adult’s eyes can change over time, so we suggest an in-depth meeting with a Gulf Coast Eye Institute doctor to discuss the changes you are experiencing in your vision. This will help you as you decide whether LASIK is right for you now or perhaps sometime in the future.

It’s also important to note that even if changes do occur, minor corrections can be performed with procedures called ‘enhancements,’ although these are seldom necessary.

After-LASIK Experience

All-Laser LASIK generally offers a rapid visual recovery. Many patients achieve notably improved vision the day after their procedure. Vision usually continues to improve in the following days and weeks. Full effects of LASIK are achieved within 2-3 months, typically.

Patients can resume most daily activities almost immediately following the LASIK procedure. Your Gulf Coast Eye Institute LASIK surgeon may recommend wearing safety glasses for one month following the procedure. Also, swimming and contact sports should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Feel free to speak with your physician about your unique circumstances and any restrictions that might apply during your free screening.

Most patients who undergo All-Laser LASIK don’t require corrective lenses for their daily tasks. However, due to natural aging, some over-40 patients may require reading glasses due to presbyopia (over-40 vision) which can occur regardless of whether you have had LASIK. Due to presbyopia, some patients require a minor prescription for certain activities like night driving, even following LASIK.

Presbyopia patients may also choose a procedure called “monovision” to combat the effects of aging. Monovision allows patients to use one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. Our Gulf Coast Eye Institute surgeons are happy to discuss all options for your unique vision, and we’ll work with you to choose the right procedure that best fits your needs and lifestyle.

Find out if LASIK is right for you!

Schedule Your FREE LASIK Screening | Or Call To Talk to a Patient Counselor 956-320-7510.


Read here about possible LASIK complications.