About LASIK Surgery

At Mauer Eye Center, our goal is to help you enjoy a lifetime of the best possible vision. Our dedication to leading edge technology and advanced surgical techniques is surpassed only by our dedication to quality patient care. We are the only facility in the Cedar Valley area with a state of the art, on-site refractive surgery center.

Seventy-five million people woke up this morning reaching for their eyeglasses, or squinted to see without their contact lenses.  More than a million people each year give up this struggle and make the decision to have laser vision correction.

Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, we invite you to learn more about your vision by scheduling a complimentary, no-cost consultation at our office.  Give our office a call at (319) 433-3000 or fill out the contact form on this page to have our LASIK coordinator contact you.

Refractive Surgery Options

LASIK: is the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure today. LASIK has advantages over other procedures, including less post-operative discomfort and the fact that good vision is usually achieved almost immediately or in a very short period of time. Those with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can benefit from LASIK. During LASIK surgery, a thin flap of tissue is created on the center of the cornea. This flap is then lifted back to expose the internal tissue of the cornea. An excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea and correct the refractive disorder. The flap is then laid back over the cornea where it heals itself in a very short period of time.

PRK: Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, is a type of laser eye surgery used to correct mild to moderate nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. PRK is another refractive procedure similar to LASIK which Dr. Mauer may suggest if you have thin corneas.

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Correctable Refractive Errors


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What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness occurs when the eye’s cornea is shaped too steeply, or the eye is too long. Incoming light rays are refracted to a focal point in front of the retina instead of on the retina. This results in distant objects being out of focus, while close objects can be seen clearly.


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What is farsightedness

Farsightedness occurs when the eye has a cornea that is too flat, or the eye is too short. Incoming light rays are refracted to a focal point behind the retina. This results in close objects being out of focus while distant objects are clearer.


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What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is the result of an aspheric (irregularly shaped) cornea that scatters light rays as they enter the eye. An astigmatic cornea has an oblong shape like a football instead of a round shape like a basketball. The result is that there is no single focal point, and vision is blurry both near and far.


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What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia refers to the normal process of aging in which the natural lens inside the eye becomes hardened. As this occurs, the lens loses its flexibility, which makes reading difficult. This usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 50. Everyone experiences presbyopia. The result of this normal process is bifocals for those who wear glasses or contacts, and reading glasses for those who have not needed corrective lenses previously. Call to discuss if LASIK is an option for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK at Mauer Eye Center

LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure designed to decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During the LASIK procedure a corneal flap is created with an instrument called a microkeratome.

PRK is a laser vision correction procedure designed to decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts the same as LASIK. PRK can correct in some cases higher degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During the PRK procedure the surface corneal epithelial cells are gently removed entirely.
Right here in the office! Mauer Eye Center is the only office in the Cedar Valley to have their own on-site Refractive Surgery Center.
The actual procedure is painless due to anesthetic eyedrops that are used, although you might feel slight pressure. After the procedure, you may feel some discomfort which could last approx. 12 to 48 hours, depending on whether you have LASIK or PRK performed, as the eyes begin to heal. The best way to describe this discomfort is like having a scratch or eyelash in your eye.
After the corneal flap is made (LASIK) or the corneal epithelial surface cells are gently removed (PRK), the laser, which is guided by a computer, gently reshapes the front surface of the cornea, correcting the nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and allowing patients to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses.
The total time in the office on the day of the procedure will be between 60 – 90 minutes, but the actual procedure itself will take approximately 15 – 20 minutes for both eyes.
Yes, if both eyes need correction and you are a good candidate to have both eyes treated on the same day.
We perform laser vision correction procedures on Thursday afternoon and ask patients to take Friday off work, so most patients are able to return to work on the following Monday.
A natural aging process called Presbyopia usually occurs when we are approximately 40 years old. This is the time when the lens of our eye becomes less flexible and therefore we are no longer able to read clearly. This is when we would need glasses just for reading. The LASIK/PRK procedure will not delay this process or encourage it sooner. It is a natural aging process. Are you in a bifocal now? If yes, you will need reading glasses after the procedure.
After a minimum of 3 months of healing post-operatively, if it is determined that you need a touch up, the doctor may recommend an enhancement procedure. Approximately 3% of patients require an enhancement.
$1995 per eye. This is a global fee that includes, preoperative testing, the surgical procedure, one full year of comprehensive follow-up care and any potential enhancements that you may need for up to two years following your procedure.
There are many factors in determining if LASIK or PRK is the best procedure for you. The best way to determine this is to schedule your no-cost no-obligation consultation appointment and we will be able to answer all your questions after examining your eyes.

Mauer Eye Center is YOUR choice for LASIK Surgery

Dr. Mauer’s #1 concern is YOU as our guest, and that’s why you won’t find a better LASIK experience than right here at Mauer Eye Center.