Where The Pros Go For LASIK

Tampa Bay running back, "Cadillac" Williams had his LASIK at the Weinstock Laser Eye Center. "Cadillac" had this to say about selecting Dr. Robert Weinstock ... "His work was incredible and the best LASIK Doctor is in my own backyard". As the premiere running back for Tampa Bay and the 2005 "Rookie of the Year", he trusted his eyes to experience.

LASIK Self-Evaluation Test

Pinellas LASIK specialists Dr. Weinstock and Dr. Desai invite you to find out if you are a LASIK candidate. Please take our LASIK self-evaluation test and one of our staff will be in touch with you to discuss your LASIK candidacy.

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LASIK eye surgery can be cost prohibitive. If cost is something that has been holding you back from vision correction you should really contact us as soon as possible to set up a consultation. We have a page on this website dedicated to discussing LASIK patient financing. You can even fill out an online application to qualify for LASIK financing. We offer 0% financing, on approved credit with low fixed monthly payments, no down payment and no pre-payment penalty.

Financing Options 0% LASIK Financing West Florida

LASIK eye surgery can be cost prohibitive. If cost is something that has been holding you back from vision correction you should really contact us as soon as possible to set up a consultation. We have a page on this website dedicated to discussing LASIK patient financing. You can even fill out an online application to qualify for LASIK financing. We offer 0% financing, on approved credit with low fixed monthly payments, no down payment and no pre-payment penalty.

Make An Appointment

Please feel free to CLICK HERE to make an appointment. One of our friendly staff will contact you directly to work out a time that is convenient for you!

Vision Disorders





HOW THE EYE FOCUSES

The precision with which the eye focuses on objects is partly determined by the shape of its cornea. This process is called refraction. Just as a camera’s parts serve to focus light rays on to the film to produce a clear and vivid image, the structures of the eye function to focus light and images. As light rays make their way into the eye they must first pass through the tear film and the clear cornea becoming focused, or refracted, along the way. Light rays then pass through the pupil, which acts like a camera shutter, and then through the internal lens of the eye where further focusing is refined. Ideally, after passing through these optical elements, light rays will land on the retina in the back of the eye in perfect focus. The retina, like the film inside a camera, translates these light impulses into electrical impulses that are delivered to the vision centers of the brain via the optic nerve.

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REFRACTIVE ERRORS

In an ideal world, the cornea’s shape and curvature would be perfectly smooth and spherical, like a basketball, symmetric in all directions. We do not, however, live and function in an optically ideal world. Instead, all of us have unique optical traits or aberrations that result in refractive errors. For many of us, these refractive errors create blurred vision and the need for glasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery.

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NEARSIGHTEDNESS, FARSIGHTEDNESS, ASTIGMATISM

There are many different types of refractive errors that relate to the unique shape differences in the cornea. Nearsightedness, or myopia, results from a cornea that is too steeply curved, relative to the ideal, such that it focuses light rays too strongly and creates a focal point image in front of the retina. Nearsighted patients can focus on an object held near their eye but cannot see clearly in the distance. Conversely, farsightedness, or hyperopia, results from a cornea that is too flat relative to the ideal and hence does not refract light enough. Because in hyperopia the theoretical focal point is beyond the retina, farsighted patients cannot see clearly at near-range or intermediate range, and often need correction for distance as well.

Astigmatism refers to yet another unique aberration in shape of one’s cornea versus the ideal. In an eye with astigmatism, the cornea takes on an oblong shape more like a football than a basketball; more steeply curved in one direction and more flat in the other direction. As one might imagine, light passing through a cornea with astigmatism is not normally focused and produces an image that is blurred and often accompanied by ghosting images, shadowed images, or double images.

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PRESBYOPIA

As we approach the age of 40 to 45, the internal lens of the eye no longer retains the flexibility of a youthful lens. As a result the eye muscles are no longer strong enough to change its shape so it loses its ability to focus as objects are brought closer to the eye. This natural and progressive process is called Presbyopia and is a form of refractive error heralded by the common need for bifocals for reading.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR REFRACTIVE ERRORS

Prescription glasses or contact lenses can correct most simple refractive errors; however, more severe cases aren’t so easy and may require the specialized skills for a cornea-refractive surgeon. Fortunately, using the most sophisticated techniques and cutting-edge technology available at only a few exclusive centers in the world, our physicians can safely correct all types of refractive errors and restore the youthful vision our lifestyles demand.

A number of treatment options are available for your unique need, but only a detailed consultation with your surgeon at The Weinstock Laser Eye Center can determine what option may be best for you. Our physicians specialize in, and in many cases, have pioneered techniques to help you. These options may include:

1)Laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK, which involves a custom laser-guided reshaping of the cornea to correct your unique refractive error and eliminate or minimize the need for glasses or contact lenses.

2)The Weinstock Laser Eye Center also specializes in advanced lens implants that are capable of eliminating refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia, so patients can achieve greater independence from glasses or contacts than ever before. Several lens-based options exist including astigmatism-correcting lens implants – the toric lens - and a variety of presbyopia correcting lens implants that restore a youthful range of vision to the eye, including the Crystalens HD™ and the Restore™ lenses.

3)Monovision - a technique used to reduce the need for reading glasses or bifocals that presbyopia causes. Monovision can be accomplished with LASIK, contact lenses or lens implants. One eye is corrected for near vision and the other for distant vision. With both eyes open the brain picks and chooses the image that appears in focus.

The Weinstock Laser Eye Center and The Eye Institute of West Florida are also proud to be one of a few elite centers in the world to pioneer the use of wavefront technology, borrowed from the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, in the operating room. This technology, called the Wavetec ORange™ Intraoperative aberrometer, allows our refractive cataract specialists to capture your own unique optical fingerprint-like map and surgically correct astigmatism with the greatest precision and accuracy.


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Patient Assurance

Our Commitment to You

Whether exploring options of laser refractive surgery, such as LASIK, or other options such as advanced lens implants, your Weinstock Laser Eye surgeon will help you choose the best and safest procedure to meet your individual needs. As our cornea, cataract and refractive specialists, Dr. Stephen Weinstock, Dr. Robert Weinstock and Dr. Neel Desai share The Weinstock Laser Eye Center's philosophy and firmly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all option for every patient. Instead, in the course of a one-on-one consultation, your surgeon will bring to bear all the technologies, techniques and expertise needed to find an option completely customized for you designed to deliver the most optimal outcome.

Please call our office and ask to see one of our expert refractive specialists for a consultation.


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