Cutting Edge LASIK at Southern Eye Associates
Southern Eye Associates is proud to offer our Harker Heights patients the highest level of service, the most innovative techniques, and the very finest surgeon to restore clarity to your vision. Our board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon, Dr. Kyle Rhodes, M.D., brings an unparalleled level of skill and energy to Southern Eye Associates.
Meet Dr. Rhodes
Dr. Rhodes is board-certified and holds a fellowship with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is the founder of the Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center, and has affiliations with sixteen area hospitals, including Seton Medical Center, Austin’s top-ranked facility.
Dr. Rhodes joined Southern Eye Associates in order to bring state-of-the-art general eye care and surgery to the central Texas area. As you will see during your visit, the clinic is extremely efficient and hassle-free.
Dr. Rhodes graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors. His medical school training was at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Rhodes’ internal medicine internship and ophthalmology training were completed at the prestigious California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, where he served as Chief Resident. He then returned to Texas for a glaucoma fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
Most importantly, Dr. Rhodes’ great expertise is matched by his genuine concern for his patients here in Temple, TX.
About the Wavelight Allegretto LASIK laser
To assist Dr. Rhodes in achieving the best possible outcomes, Southern Eye Associates provides our Harker Heights clients the very finest in LASIK innovations with the Wavelight Allegretto laser. This instrument has received high recommendations from the FDA for its perfect pulse technology, which delivers extremely rapid and precise laser bursts, resulting in speedier, more accurate, and more reliable surgery.
The Allegretto’s uniquely wide treatment area helps the cornea retain its natural shape and dramatically reduces the possibility of negative aftereffects like chronic glare and halo. This signature combination of speed, precision, and safety allows Dr. Rhodes to provide you the best visual correction possible.
How LASIK surgery works
The cornea and lens of your eye work together to focus rays of light on your retina. When their focusing power is perfectly matched with the depth of your eye, the result is perfect vision. If there are mismatches along the way, your vision becomes blurry — this is called refractive error. Refractive error can cause nearsightedness (technically called myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or varying levels of blurriness at all distances (astigmatism).
When you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’re actually bending the light that enters your eyes to overcome the refractive error of a focal system that doesn’t match up. LASIK surgery is very different. It makes use of laser light to correct your eye’s refractive error, and reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.
During LASIK surgery, Dr. Rhodes will slice a small, precise flap — like a tiny doorway — into the surface of the cornea. He’ll gently peel this back to expose the corneal tissue beneath. Then he’ll use the rapid pulses of the laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive error. Finally, he’ll close the doorway by delicately moving the corneal flap back into place. The laser treatment itself is very quick, generally no more than a minute. And from start to finish, the entire surgical process is usually finished in less than 20 minutes.
Recovering from LASIK surgery
Immediately following surgery your eyes will probably feel a bit irritated. You’ll want to rub your eyes, but it’s very important not to do so! That tiny doorway into your cornea is closed, but it needs a little time to heal and seal up. Rubbing can cause the corneal flap to move or reopen, which might require additional surgery to repair.
You may experience some blurred vision during the first week after surgery, especially the first few days. Your vision should improve steadily, however, and by the end of the first week most patients begin to experience the benefits of LASIK surgery.
With minimum pain, quick recovery time, and dramatic results, LASIK surgery is the absolute best option for folks in Harker Heights seeking long-term vision correction. Your choice is clear — make your appointment today, and see what you’ve been missing.