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LASIK Surgery

LASIK (short for “Laser in Situ Keratomileusis”) is an outpatient procedure that can reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses or contacts. It improves vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

These problems occur when the shape of the outer layer of the eye—the cornea—does not allow light to focus properly on the back of the eye. In the past, refractive errors have been treated with either glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK corrects refractive errors by adjusting the shape of the cornea. This is done using a laser to reshape the underlying tissue. By altering the shape of the cornea so that light can focus correctly within the eye, LASIK can improve your vision!

LASIK offers several important advantages over other types of vision correction surgery. Using a technologically advanced laser, LASIK is able to achieve a high level of precision.

The surgery itself lasts less than half an hour (including prep time) and you should notice a definite improvement in your vision just one day after surgery. (With previous procedures, visual improvement may not have been noticeable for up to a week.)

You’ll be able to resume most normal activities soon after surgery—without glasses or contacts!

If you are interested in improving your vision, scheduling a free consultation at Richie Eye Clinic is a great first step. Most people prove to be excellent candidates for LASIK, but approximately 5 percent of people should not have the procedure performed.

LASIK Surgery: The Laser Technologies We Use

The Richie Eye Clinic treats exclusively with Wavefront Laser Technology for all laser vision correction procedures. Based on your exam, your correction and your cornea, your surgeon will choose the most appropriate Wavefront technology for you.

We offer the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Laser and the VISX CustomVue Laser. Both of these offer the best possible correction to minimize the risks of glare and loss of contrast sensitivity, using advanced “mapping” techniques to guide the treatment.

Richie Eye Clinic utilizes the safe and effective Intralase laser for flap creation. This advanced, precision technique prepares your eyes for vision correction and allows for greater customization with your treatment while reducing risk.

Please contact us to discuss our LASIK Procedures.

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Dear Friends,

Although Richie Eye Clinic has remained open for urgent and emergent care through this tough time, Governor Walz has now declared that Minnesotans can resume routine eye visits and elective eye surgeries. We are ready with our “new normal.” Here is our plan:

  1. We ask all patients entering the clinic to bring your own cloth mask or face covering. We have a limited supply for those who do not have their own. Our team will “masked up” as well.
  2. Upon arrival, we will ask you some screening questions, check your temperature, and ask you to sanitize your hands. If you have a cough, cold, fever, or just don’t feel good, please stay home.
  3. Feel free to use our new virtual check-in; call or text us from your car and we will advise you when we are ready to escort you to a room.
  4. As always, we sanitize each room after every patient.
  5. Our Optical is open to serve you by appointment
  6. Please practice “social distancing” during your entire visit.

We are excited to add that our Northfield location will resume clinic hours starting Monday May 18th, as well.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Mike Richie