Lasik

At Mauer Eye Center, our goal is to help you enjoy a lifetime of the best possible vision. Our dedication to leading edge technology and advanced surgical techniques is surpassed only by our dedication to quality patient care. We are the only facility in the Cedar Valley area with a state of the art, on-site refractive surgery center.

Seventy-five million people woke up this morning reaching for their eyeglasses, or squinted to see without their contact lenses. But more than a million people each year give up this struggle and make the decision to have laser vision correction.

Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, we invite you to learn more about your vision by scheduling a complimentary, no-cost consultation at our office.

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Choosing a Surgeon
An Iowa native, Dr. Mauer has been head of the Mauer Eye Center for over 21 years. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who graduated from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts with a distinguished Bachelor of Science degree and attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine for his medical doctorate in 1984.

Mauer Eye Center has been a staple in the Cedar Valley community, providing quality eye care since 1990.

Dr. Mauer has been voted the best eye doctor in Waterloo and Cedar Falls by the Waterloo Courier Readers Poll, Best of the Best. He has been performing LASIK surgery since July of 1999, always using the leading technology in the LASIK field. Dr. Mauer's #1 concern is YOU as our guest, and that's why you won't find a better LASIK experience than right here at Mauer Eye Center.

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Refractive Errors
Refractive errors are disorders, not diseases. A refractive error means that the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in a blurred image. Light has to be refracted or bent by the cornea and the lens to the retina in order for us to see. The common refractive disorders are described below.
  • Nearsightedness (myopia)- Nearsightedness occurs when the eye's cornea is shaped too steeply, or the eye is too long. Incoming light rays are refracted to a focal point in front of the retina instead of on the retina. This results in distant objects being out of focus, while close objects can be seen clearly.
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)- Farsightedness is the reverse of nearsightedness. Instead of a cornea that is too steep, the farsighted eye has a cornea that is too flat, or the eye is too short. Light rays refracted through the cornea converge at a focal point behind the retina. This results in close objects being out of focus while distant objects are clearer.
  • Astigmatism- Astigmatism is the result of an aspheric (irregularly shaped) cornea that scatters light rays as they enter the eye. An astigmatic cornea has an oblong shape like a football instead of a round shape like a basketball. The result is that there is no single focal point, and vision is blurry both near and far.
  • Presbyopia- Presbyopia refers to the normal process of aging in which the natural lens inside the eye becomes hardened. As this occurs, the lens loses its flexibility, which makes reading difficult. This usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 50. Everyone experiences presbyopia. The result of this normal process is bifocals for those who wear glasses or contacts, and reading glasses for those who have not needed corrective lenses previously. Call to discuss if LASIK is an option for you.

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Refractive Surgery Options
LASIK: Laser in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure today. LASIK has advantages over other procedures, including less post-operative discomfort and the fact that good vision is usually achieved almost immediately or in a very short period of time. Those with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can benefit from LASIK. During LASIK surgery, a thin flap of tissue is created on the center of the cornea. This flap is then lifted back to expose the internal tissue of the cornea. An excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea and correct the refractive disorder. The flap is then laid back over the cornea where it heals itself in a very short period of time.

With LASIK, the instrument used to create the flap varies. Most surgeons use an instrument called a microkeratome. A microkeratome is a device that uses a blade to make a pass and create a flap.

PRK: Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is a type of laser eye surgery used to correct mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. PRK is another refractive procedure similar to LASIK which Dr. Mauer may suggest if you have thin corneas.

PRK was the first refractive procedure that utilized the excimer laser to reshape the front surface of the cornea. It was initially envisioned in 1983 and, after a long series of clinical trials, was approved by the FDA in 1995. PRK, however, is primarily used to correct mild to moderate cases of nearsightedness and astigmatism. After the eye has been anesthetized with topical eye drops, your Dr. Mauer prepares the eye by removing the surface layer of the cornea. This layer naturally regenerates itself every few days. Pulses of laser light are then applied to the surface of the cornea to reshape the curvature of the eye. Postoperatively, patients typically wear a bandage contact lens for the first three to five days to reduce postoperative discomfort and irritation. Vision is usually slightly blurry initially and starts to clear over the first several weeks.

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Lasik FAQ's

 


What Is Lasik Surgery?
LASIK surgery is laser vision correction designed to decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism

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Where will my surgery be performed?
Right here in the office! Mauer Eye Center is the only location in the Cedar Valley to have their own on-site refractive surgery center.

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Is the procedure painful?
The actual procedure is painless due to anesthetic eye drops that are used, although you might feel slight pressure. After the procedure, you may feel some discomfort which could last approx. 12 to 24 hours as the eyes begin to heal. The best way to describe this discomfort is like having an eyelash in your eye.

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Can you explain how the procedure works?
The laser is a cool ultraviolet beam, which is guided by a computer to gently reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea).

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How long does the procedure take?
The total time of your office visit on the day of the procedure will be between 60 - 90 minutes, but the actual procedure itself will take approximately 15 minutes for both eyes.

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Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
Yes, if both of your eyes are candidates.

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When may I return to work?
Generally you are able to return to work within 2 days. If you work in a dusty environment, we recommend that you take off a week.

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What is the recovery period?
Everyone heals differently. The average person will completely heal in 3 months; however, the most rapid healing will occur in the first 3 days.

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Will I still need glasses or contacts after the procedure?
A natural aging process called Presbyopia usually occurs when we are approximately 40-50 years old. This is the time when the lens of our eye becomes less flexible and therefore we are no longer able to read clearly. This is when we would need glasses just for reading. The LASIK procedure will not delay this process or encourage it sooner. It is a natural aging process. Are you in a bifocal now? If yes, you will need reading glasses right after the procedure.

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What happens if after 3 months I still do not see clearly?
At your 3 month post operative appointment, the doctor may recommend an "enhancement." This is the same procedure performed as before with the same post operative instructions and care. Approximately 5% of all Dr. Mauer's patients require an enhancement.

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What does the Lasik procedure cost?
We offer an all inclusive price of $3990 for both eyes or $1995 for one eye using the VISX STAR S4 excimer laser with Wavefront technology. This is a global fee that includes the initial consultation, all preoperative testing, the actual procedure itself, one year of comprehensive follow-up care and any potential enhancement that you may need for up to one year.

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What is Dr. Richard Mauer's laser experience?
Dr. Mauer has been head of the Mauer Eye Center for over 19 years. He is a board certified Ophthalmologist who has performed over 2,000 LASIK surgeries since July of 1999. With the most advanced laser vision correction technology available, Dr. Mauer is able to give you a better quality of vision than before.


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