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What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK, or Laser-Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis, is a state-of-the-art procedure that is used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism using the cool beam of an excimer laser. LASIK eye surgery is a quick vision correction procedure that takes about 4 minutes per eye to perform, is virtually pain-free, and allows for almost immediate results. So, it is no surprise that millions of people around the world have had LASIK surgery to correct their vision. Thousands of satisfied patients have had LASIK surgery in San Antonio performed by our founder, Dr. Nader Iskander, a renowned, board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained refractive surgeon since 2002.

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Benefits of LASIK


LASIK surgery takes about 4 minutes to perform for each eye. After a next-day post-op appointment, patients can return to work and school within 24 hours.


Before the procedure, eye drops with a local anesthetic are used to numb the eyes. This makes LASIK comfortable and pain-free for the patient.

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When you consider the cost of glasses, contact lenses, and contact lens solution, you discover you have paid for LASIK many times over. LASIK is a wise investment and offers visual freedom from the hassles of glasses and contact lenses.


Stop hiding your eyes behind glasses. LASIK can help improve your self-confidence by removing the need to wear spectacles.

Active Lifestyle

After LASIK, patients can enjoy an active lifestyle without having to worry about their glasses falling or breaking when playing sports or living their life.

Allergy Relief

Pollen and other allergens can get trapped below contact lenses and lead to itchy, irritated eyes. LASIK offers visual freedom from contact lenses.

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Who Is a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?

There are many factors that go into determining if a patient is a good LASIK candidate, such as the patient’s age, health, refractive prescription, lifestyle, and occupation. While each patient is unique, a patient is generally deemed a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery if they:

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    Are at least 18 years old
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    Have a steady prescription that has not changed for 2 years
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    Have good general and ocular health

Other factors may affect whether you are a candidate. For example, pregnant or nursing mothers should not have LASIK surgery as a fluctuation in hormones can lead to changes in their refractive prescriptions. Additionally, certain health conditions, such as autoimmune disorders or certain eye diseases, can interfere with a patient’s eligibility. To find out whether you are a candidate for LASIK, contact San Antonio Eye Specialists to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Iskander and our skilled team will conduct a thorough screening for every patient considering LASIK to determine their eligibility for the procedure.

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What to Expect During LASIK Surgery

During your LASIK procedure, Dr. Iskander will use eye drops to numb the eyes and make sure you are comfortable. In order to prevent blinking and keep the eyes open, a speculum will hold the eyelids securely. Dr. Iskander will then use a femtosecond laser to create a thin protective corneal flap that is lifted to expose the underlying corneal tissue. Next, an excimer laser is used to shape the corneal tissue to the exact specifications based on your individual measurements to bring your vision into clear focus. The protective flap is then carefully repositioned and serves as a natural bandage as the eye heals.

The entire LASIK procedure takes 4 minutes per eye, and results are almost immediate. Patients should coordinate with a friend or family member to drive them home after their procedure. Once home, patients are encouraged to sleep as much as possible to keep their eyes lubricated and moist to facilitate healing. The next day, patients will have their post-op appointment. Once examined, patients are free to return to work or school within 24 hours. More rigorous activities, such as sports, should be held off for a week to avoid infection or trauma. Patients may see halos or starbursts around lights when driving at night, but this generally disappears within a few weeks.

Our LASIK & PRK Process

1. Schedule & Meet

Contact San Antonio Eye Specialists to schedule a free LASIK consultation. During your consultation, you’ll meet with Dr. Iskander who will evaluate a series of diagnostic tests to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

2. Plan & Procedure

If you are deemed a good LASIK candidate, we will perform additional tests and dilate your eyes to assess the overall health of your eyes prior to any surgical intervention. Dr. Iskander meets all his patients before surgery and creates a personalized treatment plan. He personally answers all his patients’ questions from beginning to end. Rest assured, we want to put your mind at ease knowing what to expect every step of the way.

3. Enjoy Clear Vision

After a post-op appointment with Dr. Iskander and a short recovery period, you can use your clear vision to live your life to the fullest! Enjoy the active lifestyle you dreamed of without having glasses or contacts holding you back.

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Why Choose San Antonio Eye Specialists?

Our founder, Nader Iskander, MD, FACS, has been performing LASIK surgeries for over 20 years. As one of the few fellowship-trained refractive surgeons in San Antonio, Dr. Iskander is highly regarded in his field and sought out by colleagues and associates as an expert in complex cases. Here at San Antonio Eye Specialists, Dr. Iskander continually keeps up with new technology researching and implementing proven surgical techniques to give our patients the highest quality of care.

Vision problems are a common, daily occurrence for Americans, and the residents of San Antonio and the surrounding areas are no exception. San Antonio Eye Specialists is a reputable, premier San Antonio LASIK surgical center with state-of-the-art diagnostics and various excimer and femtosecond lasers.  We provide unmatched LASIK services with compassionate care and exceptional surgical results. For over 20 years, our founder and lead fellowship-trained refractive surgeon, Dr. Nader Iskander, has helped tens of thousands of patients improve their vision locally, nationally, and internationally. If you are seeking solutions for your eyesight, Dr. Iskander will personally meet you and recommend a treatment plan to refine your vision and enjoy living. Trust San Antonio Eye Specialists for San Antonio LASIK surgery services. For your eyes...don't compromise!

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See What Our LASIK Patients Are Saying

“If you’re thinking of getting LASIK I highly recommend San Antonio Eye Specialists… great staff, very knowledgeable, they make you fell very comfortable.”

- Miguel Z.

“I just had my follow up appointment this morning, following my LASIK surgery yesterday afternoon and I am totally amazed. My vision before the surgery was 20/400 – I had EXTREME astigmatism and nearsightedness. This morning I woke up with 20/15 vision. Dr. Iskander was so calming and professional and his staff was wonderful. Such a great experience!”

- Kate B.

“Having LASIK has changed my life! Before coming to see Dr. Iskander I had been wearing glasses or contacts for 18 out of 24 years of my life. I came in today for my 6 month follow up and I have 20/10 vision! Everyone ... has been unbelievably helpful in explaining the process and have shared in my excitement over my new found vision! You can’t go wrong here!”

- Kailey P.

Paying for LASIK Surgery in San Antonio

San Antonio Eye Specialists strives to make LASIK surgery more affordable. LASIK is a valuable procedure and we are proud to offer significant discounts on LASIK, as well as price matching options for similar technology. We partner with ALPHAEON Credit and CareCredit to offer financing options. We also accept FSAs and HSAs to help cover the medical costs for your LASIK procedure. If you'd like, we have financing options available or please feel free to contact our office to learn more about our payment options. We accept various forms of payment and we also offer  0% interest-free financing options for up to 24 months. For more information on ALL-Laser LASIK pricing, please read the cost of LASIK in San Antonio in the San Antonio Eye Specialists’  blog. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does LASIK surgery cost?

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The cost of LASIK will depend on many factors, such as the patient’s prescription and ocular health as well as the recommended treatment plan and technology used. To help make LASIK surgery affordable, San Antonio offers low-interest financing options and accepts FSAs and HSAs. To learn more about the cost of LASIK in San Antonio, schedule a free consultation.

Is LASIK painful?

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Before your LASIK procedure, Dr. Iskander will administer anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes and make the procedure pain-free. Once the anesthetic wears off, patients may experience minor discomfort that can be treated with pain medications.

What are the risks with LASIK?

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Any surgical procedure will have risks. With LASIK, minor complications, such as a longer recovery time, occur in about 1% of patients. Potentially major complications, such as infections near the eye, occur in about 1 in 1,000 patients. Visit our LASIK Risks page for a full list of risks from the FDA.

How long do the effects of LASIK surgery last?

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LASIK is a permanent refractive procedure that corrects refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK is life-changing, offering active patients the luxury of visual freedom without all the inconveniences of glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Iskander specializes in refractive surgery, the art of correcting refractive errors. He completed his refractive fellowship training in 2000 and has co-authored a book on LASIK. His enhancement rate is less than 2%. LASIK is an ideal procedure for patients as young as 18 into their 40s, as long as their eye prescription is stable.  LASIK does not change, with time, the eye ages, and thus vision changes. But, as we enter our 40’s, other refractive options become available. The visual options are dependent on a patient’s eyes and lifestyle. Various refractive solutions are determined upon your eye examination.

Will I still have to wear my glasses after LASIK surgery?

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The purpose of LASIK is to surgically correct refractive errors to eliminate the use of glasses. Millions of people have had LASIK, worldwide, and are happy with the results.

Are some people too old for LASIK?

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LASIK is ideal for patients with overall good health. Patients with autoimmune disorders, in the active stage, are not advised to have LASIK. In general, as long as the patient’s eye prescription is stable, LASIK is FDA-approved from age 18 onwards. Patients should not have LASIK if they have a cataract. Cataract removal must be first addressed. LASIK may be performed later in life to refine other prior surgeries.

Will I need to be put under anesthesia for my LASIK procedure?

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LASIK is a very fast procedure, taking about 4 minutes per eye. We apply topical anesthetic drops and administer an oral sedative to relax the patient. We have a glass-encased state-of-the-art surgical suite where friends and family can view the procedure during your visual transformation.

Can LASIK eye surgery be unsuccessful?

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There are risks with any surgery. Most intraoperative risks are associated with a flap complication, albeit very rare, especially with precise, reproducible, and fast laser technology versus microkeratome-bladed technology. What is of sound importance, is researching an experienced, fellowship-trained refractive LASIK surgeon, like Dr. Iskander, skilled and seasoned in managing complex cases.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page or contact our office.