Dr. Martin Burger, one of the Most Experienced LASIK Surgeons in the Country.

What LASIK Procedure is Best for Me?

June 24, 2009 by  
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We find that a lot of patients are confused by all the information they read on the Internet and are told about at different LASIK centers about the different laser technologies and all the different procedures available, such as LASIK, EPI-LASIK, PRK, LASEK, I-LASIK, Wavefront, Custom Cornea , BLadeLess LASIK, etc. At our centers we take the confusion out of the process for you.

Our entire focus is on outcomes and achieving the best possible visual results for you as a patient. Instead of getting caught up in all the hype and marketing surrounding a specific procedure or laser technology you need to ask yourself what is my real goal that I want to achieve after refractive surgery? The answer to that question should be I want to achieve the best vision possible after the surgery and be able to see 20/20. With this in mind wouldn’t it make sense to then seek out the surgeon that has helped more people achieve 20/20 or better vision than any other surgeon in your area.

We have seen patients that have been hurt by LASIK eye surgery and every one of those patients have said they wished they would have spent more time researching the experience of the surgeon that performed their eye surgery!

Fortunately for you, you have come to the right website.

I have helped more people achieve 20/20 or better vision after LASIK than any other surgeon in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, or Kentucky. Unlike many other places, I utilize multiple laser platforms because I have found that some laser platforms treat certain eye conditions better than other laser platforms. Additionally, I am completely focused on the outcomes for my patients and recommend the procedure that I feel will give each individual patient the best possible visual outcome based on each individual patients testing results and circumstances.

What is most important thing I should consider when trying to decide where to have my Lasik procedure performed?

June 24, 2009 by  
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This is an excellent question.

The most important thing you should consider when trying to decide where to have your LASIK surgery performed is the experience of the surgeon that will be performing your procedure.

Unfortunately some people put price as the most important thing when trying to decide where to have their surgery performed. Price is an important consideration, but there are a lot of other variables and factors that should go into your thought process before making a decision on your refractive eye surgeon. We have seen people that have been hurt by laser eye surgery and everyone of those patients said that they wished they would have done more research on the experience of the surgeon that performed their eye surgery.

If you buy a car that is a lemon and it breaks down you can always buy another car. Unfortunately if you choose the wrong eye surgeon and you have a problem with your vision you can’t just buy a new pair of eyes. When buying real estate there is a saying “location, location, location” when searching for a place to have LASIK eye surgery you should think “most experienced surgeon, most experienced surgeon, most experienced surgeon”. We have found that in many instances the price is the same between the most experienced surgeon and the surgeon with less experience. It’s just a matter of doing the research to find the most experienced surgeon. Dr. Burger has helped more people achieve 20/20 or better vision after LASIK than any other surgeon living in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, or Kentucky.

What does it take to become a refractive surgeon?

June 23, 2009 by  
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The simplest answer to this question is: a very long time.

First, one must become a medical doctor. This requires four years of college, four years of medical school, and one year of internship at a hospital. After these nine years, a three or four year residency training program in ophthalmology is required. During this training, the aspiring ophthalmologist learns all about eye conditions, medications and treatments, and also learns how to perform eye surgery. At this point, the minimum requirements for performing LASIK procedures have been met. However, most LASIK surgeons seek additional training beyond this point in order to obtain greater experience before practicing in this highly specialized area.

I have gone far beyond the minimal requirements, having completed numerous clerkships in the field of refractive surgery, including a clerkship in cornea, refractive surgery, and glaucoma at one of thop rated eye hospitals in the country. I also completed courses in Opthalmology at Stanford University.

I believe that a large part of my success as a leading Refractive Surgeon has to do with my passion for my career and how much I love what I do. I can’t imagine that there is a better job than helping people see without their glasses or contacts for the first time in their life! I never get tired of hearing all the stories from my patients about how happy and excited they are with their NEW VISION.

I’m committed to providing the best visual outcomes possible for my each and every patient. I take great pride in what I do and I realize how much trust patients are putting in me with something that is so precious and valuable to them as their sight. . .and I don’t want to let them down. That is why I have put so much time into learning and having a complete understanding of how lasers operate and the many different factors that can affect them. I have also spent countless hours compiling, tweaking, and adjusting all my nomograms for the lasers to allow me to develop precise nomograms that ultimately leads to excellent surgical outcomes for my patients. I measure my success as a refractive surgeon by my patients. It makes me feel very good to know that I have helped more people see 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts than any other surgeon in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, or Kentucky.

What Types of Laser Technology is Available at Your Practice?

June 10, 2009 by  
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Our state of the art LASIK center is one of the only LASIK centers to offer patients all of the following laser technologies: scanning, flying spot, custom cornea, wavefront, orbscan, high definition vision(hdv), and premier LASIK.

One of our laser technologies is so advanced that it is the only laser on the market that incorporates technology that was developed by NASA.

NASA developed a technology to track moving objects and this technology has adapted to and incorporated in the LADARVision excimer Laser. This technology is so precise that it allows the laser to track a patients eye at a speed of 4000 times per second, much faster than any other system on the market. In fact the LADARVision is the only excimer laser system with an FDA-Approved claim showing that its tracker improves the accuracy of the patients treatment.

In a head to head comparison patients were asked to evaluate their vision with a custom LASIK treatment by a different laser in each eye. Alcon’s LADARVision was a 4-to-1 favorite over the VISX Excimer laser, and a 3-to-1 favorite over the B&L Excimer laser.

The LADARVision laser is the only excimer laser that the FDA has approved to be able to claim that with its Custom Cornea treatment it decreases the induction of higher order aberrations and increases patients contrast sensitivity.

We also have laser technology that has a Dynamic Rotating and overlapping delivery System which provides a refractive treatment over a large ablation area and delivers excellent results.

I’ve Heard About “Dry Eye” after LASIK: What is it and how can I prevent it?

May 4, 2009 by  
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Dryness of the eyes is common both before and after LASIK. A simple, painless five-minute test can determine whether or not a patient will require some form of intervention other than the use of simple tear substitutes after LASIK – but most doctors don’t take the time to perform this important screening test. We perform this test on every patient. If we determine that your eyes are dry (or at risk of becoming dry after LASIK), we will recommend several options to optimize your tear function. Since it is difficult to increase tear production, the best way to improve your tear function is to retain more of the tears that you naturally produce.

The most effective of these options is called punctal occlusion therapy or punctal plugs. These plugs help dryness by partially blocking the outflow of your own natural tears from the eye. Since the tears produced by your body are a much better match for your eyes than any artificial tear you can buy at a store, this technique works extremely well for the vast majority of patients. The longer these plugs stay in place, the more cost-effective they will be for you. Our doctors and staff will help you determine which plug is best for you.

What are the Procedures You Offer to Correct my Vision?

May 2, 2009 by  
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Laser vision correction procedures reshape the clear tissue at the front of the eye (the cornea) by using a unique cool laser beam called the Excimer laser. The two most effective methods of delivering this laser to the cornea are called LASIK and PRK. The laser treatment in LASIK is delivered under a “flap”. LASIK is the most popular elective procedure in the history of medicine for good reason. This procedure is quick (usually less than one minute per eye), comfortable, and extremely effective for a wide range of prescriptions.

LASIK also has the quickest visual recovery of any of the laser vision correction procedures. PRK is a “flapless” surface laser technique. It was the first laser vision correction procedure ever performed, and is an “all-laser” approach to laser vision correction. It gives the best outcomes for eyes with thinner or weaker corneas and can be the best choice for some patients with specialized occupational needs. More than 95% of our soldiers who have laser vision correction have the PRK procedure performed. The visual recovery after PRK is not quite as rapid as LASIK, but after healing is complete, the visual results are identical.