Duke eye surgeons improve your vision to decrease your need for glasses or contacts using LASIK and other refractive procedures (those that aim to correct problems with light bending improperly as it passes through your eye's lens). We 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 ensure you achieve better vision with reduced risk of halo and glare, which have 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, achieve optimal vision correction, and 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 to 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
This test allows for a 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.
This test 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 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.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our ophthalmology program is ranked seventh in the nation and is the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.
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. These environmental factors increase the laser’s precision 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 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 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.