Duke eye surgeons correct your vision to 20/20 or better using LASIK and other refractive procedures to correct:
- nearsightedness (myopia)
- farsightedness (hyperopia)
- astigmatism — blurry vision due to a misshaped cornea.
Our experience treating complex eye diseases allows us to maximize the safety of your refractive procedure.
Should You Consider Laser Eye Surgery
You may consider laser eye surgery if you no longer want to wear glasses or contact lenses. During the procedure, our eye surgeons use highly precise lasers to reshape and sculpt the surface of your cornea. This changes its focusing power, and corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Reduced Risk of Halo and Glare
Our vast experience and regular use of the most advanced technology ensures you achieve better vision with reduced risk of halo and glare, which has been associated with some refractive procedures.
Free Comprehensive Evaluation
Our evaluations include a thorough examination of your eyes and their structures. We use sophisticated imaging devices to take precise measurements to achieve optimal vision correction and to determine which refractive procedure is right for you. For example, if you are not a candidate for LASIK, we offer a variety of refractive procedures. We discuss your options, payment considerations, and any concerns you may have to help you make a treatment decision.
When Other Eye Conditions are Present
If you have keratoconus or cataracts, our surgeons help you understand your options, and achieve the best possible vision.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Your comprehensive evaluation may include the following tests.
Slit Lamp Microscopy
Magnified, 3-D examination of the ocular structures.
Corneal Topography and Tomography
A computer-guided device creates a 3-D image map of the cornea to measure corneal power, curvature, and thickness.
Ultrasound waves measure the thickness of the cornea.
Measures the curvature of the cornea’s front surface to assess astigmatism.
On the day of surgery, a computer-generated 3-D map of your eyes identifies the microscopic characteristics of your eye responsible for your nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. The information is fed directly into the laser to customize your procedure and ensure we achieve optimal vision correction.
When it comes to your care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital’s ophthalmology program is ranked seventh in the nation and best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.
Why Choose Duke
Modern Laser Facilities
We use the latest laser system technology, including the bladeless femtosecond laser and custom Lasik, which uses a computer-generated 3-D mapping system to personalized your procedure. Our lasers are housed in our temperature and humidity controlled operating rooms, which increase the laser’s precise movements so you experience the best possible outcome.
Continuity of Care
Our doctors work with you from the time of your first evaluation, through all your follow up visits. Or if you prefer, we can also coordinate follow up care with your local eye doctor.
Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Ophthalmologists
Our eye surgeons are board certified ophthalmologists who are fellowship trained, which means they have completed several years of advanced training in cornea and refractive surgery. Collectively, our surgeons have performed more than 20,000 procedures since Duke began offering refractive procedures nearly 20 years ago. Our depth of knowledge ensures we recommend the laser eye surgery that is best and safest for you.
Nationally Recognized Leaders
Our eye surgeons travel the country to lecture and teach courses on refractive procedures. We offer training courses for trainees and community doctors, and provide laser certification courses. Our vast experience and knowledge means you receive your care from some of the best refractive eye specialists in the country.