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LASIK is one of the most exciting types of refractive surgery and can correct a wide range of vision problems. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and distorted vision caused by astigmatism can most often be successfully treated with extraordinary results, so you have the freedom to do the things you love without the burden of glasses or contacts.

What is  LASIK?

LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure used to correct vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. When the cornea and the lens are perfectly matched, vision is crisp and clear. When they are not, it is called a refractive error and eyesight is blurry. While the lenses of your glasses or contacts help compensate for these imperfections, LASIK resolves them by adjusting the structure of your eye’s cornea to smooth it back into shape.



Is LASIK right for you?


During the LASIK procedure, a laser is used to carefully reshape the cornea. The procedure is painless and takes about 15 minutes for both eyes. A hinged flap is created in your eye to allow access to the cornea. A special instrument is used to gently lift the flap of corneal tissue. Once the flap is lifted, a precision laser reshapes the cornea allowing light to focus at just the right spot on your retina resulting in clearer vision. The flap is then repositioned, creating a self-sealing bond. No stitches are needed. View this video to gain a better understanding of LASIK at St. Luke’s.


LASIK isn’t commonly covered by many insurance plans, however St. Luke’s accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. In addition, we offer interest-free payment plans through Care Credit. Click here to apply online.

A Word from a Recent Patient


“I used to wear contact lenses and besides being a bit of a pain to wear, they sometimes caused me to have eye irritation & infections.

I drive by St. Luke’s everyday on my way to work so I decided to see if LASIK was an option for me. It was and I’m very pleased with my outcome.

I had my procedure done in the morning and by dinner time, I already noticed a bit of an improvement. Later that evening, I watched a movie and that was when I really began to notice the clarity and sharpness of my vision. The procedure was even quicker than I’d imagined as was the recovery time.

Thanks to Dr. Howard and his team. I recommend him to anyone considering LASIK.”

Mike Smyth, New Port Richey, FL


LASIK Surgeon Robert Howard, MD
Robert Howard, MD

Upcoming Events


May 20th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | The Villages

St. Luke’s at The Villages is proud to offer special educational events on the health issues that impact your life.

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world. Femtosecond-assisted surgery uses laser technology to provide additional precision and safety to the procedure. In this session, you’ll learn the benefits of Femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery and how it can help you. YAG laser surgery will also be discussed. The session will be presented by John Gooch, MD. The doctor will be available for questions during the one-hour session.

This complimentary event is for new patients and will be held at St. Luke’s at The Villages in Sumter Landing and a light lunch will be served. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required. Call 352-702-4303 to reserve your seat. Now accepting UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage.