Utilizing the Newest Techniques in LASIK in Nocatee and Jacksonville FL

At the Barnhorst Eye & Laser Center’s new Nocatee location, we offer a brand new, state-of-the-art LASIK and refractive surgery suite with the Wavelight Refractive Surgery Suite lasers. We perform the latest all-laser LASIK using the latest technology. LASIK may be the best procedure for one individual while PRK or LASEK may be a more favorable procedure for another.

Dr. Barnhorst gets to know his patients, as well as their eyes. Doing so, he can better determine their particular visual needs and desires, and whether or not they are a candidate for eye surgery. 

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis)

LASIK is the most widely performed and recognized laser refractive procedure today. With LASIK, patients can reduce or eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK can be used to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. In the LASIK procedure, a device called a microkeratome, or a laser, creates a flap in the cornea, allowing the excimer laser to reshape the underlying cornea. The flap is then laid back down in its original position and adheres on its own after just a few minutes. The LASIK flap allows for quick visual recovery with minimal to no post-operative pain.

PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

PRK is known as a “surface ablation” procedure. In PRK, the excimer laser performs the same type of treatment as in the LASIK procedure, but it is done on the surface of the cornea rather than under a flap. After the laser treatment is done in PRK, a soft contact lens is placed on the eye and left in place for about 5 days to allow the surface of the cornea (the epithelium) to heal. Most patients experience minimal pain after PRK. PRK may be a better procedure for those patients with thinner corneas or those with other corneal surface disorders that can be corrected at the same time as their vision correction procedure.

LASEK/Epi-LASIK

LASEK or Epi-LASIK is another procedure which also falls under the “surface ablation” category. It is a hybrid procedure between LASIK and PRK. In Epi-LASIK, a flap is created just at the surface layer of corneal cells (the epithelium) and the laser is then performed on the surface of the cornea. After the laser treatment is completed, the epithelial flap can be replaced over the treated area and a contact lens is then also placed on the eye. Some doctors feel that Epi-LASIK creates less post-operative discomfort than PRK while also allowing for a safer procedure than LASIK for those patients who may have thinner corneas or other reasons why LASIK may not be their best option.


On Tuesday, July 18th, I underwent laser vision correction (LASIK) at your offices here in Jacksonville. The operation was a complete success from my perspective. I now have 20/20 vision in one eye and 20/15 vision in the other. I am informed that with time I may have 20/15 vision in both eyes.
Thanks to your patient advice and counseling, I have become confident that it was the best option for me. My eyesight before the surgery was not completely awful but still having to put on glasses for any type of distance viewing and/or contacts plus the prospect of having to use reading glasses or bifocals within the next few years was quite an incentive.
The procedure itself lasted only the predicted thirty minutes and was not particularly uncomfortable or invasive. In fact, I found it to be quite a bit less invasive than your average visit to the dentist. My surgery began at 11:00 a.m. and I was out of your office by 11:45 a.m. I rested the remainder of that day and by choice the next day, Wednesday, the 19th. There was no pain, discomfort or any other side effect.
To anyone who is interested in having this surgery, I cannot recommend it enough. I had concerns over possible side effects such as “halos” around bring objects at night, fuzziness and dulling of my reading vision. None of these manifested themselves, in fact, I see better than I ever have in my life, both closeup and far away.
I am happy to recommend this surgery to anyone who is interested.
G. Anderson
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