The Ultimate in LASIK Surgery at Southern Eye Associates
At Southern Eye Associates we pride ourselves on our high level of service and patient care. For this reason, we offer our Killeen clients the ultimate in laser technology, and feature Dr. Kyle Rhodes, M.D. as our refractive surgeon. Dr. Rhodes’s surgical skills and his devotion to improving the lives of his patients make him unmatched in his field.
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.
LASIK surgery explained
Inside your eye, the cornea and the lens work together to focus light onto your retina. If your vision is perfect, it’s because this focus matches the distance to the retina perfectly. Any mismatch, however, will result in blurred vision — what ophthalmologists call refractive error.
Glasses and contact lenses aid your vision externally, by bending the light before it reaches your eyes. LASIK surgery, on the other hand, uses pinpointed laser light to actually reshape your cornea and correct refractive error for long-term vision improvement.
To access the corneal tissue, Dr. Rhodes cuts a tiny flap into the cornea’s top layer. He then gently slides this flap back, as though he were opening a small door. Applying the laser’s rapid pulse to the exposed corneal tissue, he reshapes the cornea just enough to correct the refractive error. This part of the procedure is very fast, usually sixty seconds or less.
At this point all that’s left to do is to delicately close the corneal flap, returning it to its normal position. The entire surgery involves very little pain and is remarkably quick — most often the whole process takes less than twenty minutes.
Recovery and outcomes
After surgery you’ll experience some blurred vision and your eyes will probably feel itchy or irritated. You’ll receive eyedrops to help you deal with the discomfort without rubbing your eyes. The top layer of the cornea needs time to repair itself completely, and rubbing before it heals can dislodge it.
The blurred vision may last a few days, but it will improve rapidly. Most of our Killeen patients report that, by the end of the first week after surgery, they’re beginning to experience better visual acuity. Over the next few months, you can expect your vision to continue improving until you need your glasses far less often — or perhaps not at all.
There’s a reason why LASIK surgery is the most popular option for long-term vision correction — it works! With the area’s foremost refractive surgeon and innovative precision technology, Southern Eye Associates is your clear choice for LASIK in Killeen, TX. Call us today for your free consultation.