Laser vision corrective (LASIK) Surgery is truly a miraculous operation. To date, LASIK has literally transformed the lives of millions of people (including myself) for the better, and the safety and accuracy of this “miracle” only gets better each year. Advances in the biomedical technology that involves this operation allows us Refractive Surgeons to constantly push the envelope and not only treat higher degrees of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, AND astigmatism with complete confidence, but at the same time, GUARANTEE fantastic results for our patients. This, of course, relies heavily on a few very important factors, i.e., picking just the perfect candidate for the procedure, using the absolute best technology, performing a very thorough evaluation of the patient’s optical measurements (e.g., a wavefront-obtained refraction), and, last but not least, having a very meticulous surgeon with lots of experience.
In my practice, I do not just offer laser vision corrective surgery; if someone isn’t the perfect LASIK candidate, I simply don’t do it! Aside from LASIK, I offer other procedures that may be better suited for a particular individual’s eye (such as PRK, intacs, implantable contact lenses, intra-ocular lenses, collagen cross linking, etc.), but again, if they are not a 100% perfect candidate, they do not have that surgery. The perfect candidate usually has a stable refraction that is within the treatable range that falls inside the FDA guidelines and hasn’t changed for over a year. The perfect LASIK candidate has “regular” (vs. irregular) astigmatism, with thick, healthy corneas over 500um, has normal eye pressures, and perfectly normal Retinal examinations. We check ALL of these parameters with the best technology http://soroudivision.wpengine.com/our-technology available and make sure every aspect of the eye is 100% healthy.
Having been certified to utilize some of the most advanced lasers in the country, I have had the opportunity to pick, choose, and gather the absolute best technologies under one roof in my centers and I do not use anything that I wouldn’t use on my own eyes. In fact, I have performed successful surgeries on nearly my entire family at my own offices and surgical suites, including my own mother and grandmother. Unlike many other lasik centers, I PERSONALLY double- and triple-check each and every patient’s optical findings using 3 different technologies before surgery to make 100% sure all measurements are a perfect match, and that I have the most accurate refraction. Last, as a biomedical engineer turned eye surgeon, with the experience of thousands of complicated refractive procedures under my belt, I pay particular attention to detail in everything I do, and I make sure every single procedure that has my personal stamp on it has been done to absolute perfection. I’m very proud of this combination, and I believe this to be the success formula that has allowed me to get people to see 20/20 or better almost every single time.
Now, having said all of this, I need to reiterate a few important points about this guarantee. 1) As simple as people make it out to be, LASIK is still an invasive procedure, and however rare, there are risks that one has to be well aware of and accept before surgery. These risks include, but are not limited to not getting to see 20/20 the first time around (particularly with higher prescriptions), requiring an “enhancement” procedure or procedures. Before the enhancement procedure, we wait at least a few weeks for the eye to heal and for the refraction to stabilize. During this period, people usually have very “functional” vision, and they can drive/work, but they don’t see as perfectly as planned (for example, they see 20/25 or 20/30). In extremely rare cases, one may require a temporary contact soft lens until their refraction is stable enough for the enhancement; again, this is extremely rare. Once we ascertain perfect stability by obtaining serial measurements, we “lift” the original flap, deliver the remaining treatment to the Cornea, and replace the flap in its position. This procedure often takes less than 5-10 minutes and the eye almost always sees 20/20 or better the next day. I’ve never had a patient not see 20/20 after one enhancement, but it IS still possible that they may require another. In my practice, I have NEVER performed more than one enhancement for anyone, but I always tell my clients that it is still possible.
There are also possibilities that one’s eye/s are dry for a short while after surgery, and even with a perfect “refractive outcome,” they may not see 20/20. This is also quite rare, and it is always a self-correcting issue; with time (usually a few days/weeks), and by using eye lubricants/Restasis), it will resolve. I urge you to please visit the following website for a more complete review of the risks involved and we will review all your questions in even greater detail during your visit: http://www.omic.com/lasik-consent-forms/ . Please realize that this consent form is a standard document that nearly every refractive surgeon uses and you should familiarize yourself with it; please bring all your questions with you during your visit with me.
If after accepting the risks associated with this procedure, 2 enhancements, and allowing your eyes one month time for the dryness to resolve, you still have not achieved 20/20 (or better vision), we will gladly give you your money back, no questions asked. I hope you will find this guarantee yet another indication of my dedication to helping you get the BEST eye surgery money can buy, and achieve the BEST vision corrective technology has to offer today. I look forward to meeting you in person and treating your eyes as my own!
A. Ebbie Soroudi, MD, MS
Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology