LASIK Vision Correction

Pepose Vision was the first to offer LASIK vision correction in the St. Louis region and continues to have the best track record for vision outcomes of any LASIK provider in St. Louis. We've even earned the distinction of "top 100" LASIK providers nationwide! View our LASIK Testimonials to see what our patients have to say.

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Why choose PVI for LASIK Vision Correction?

Experience

LASIK outcomes improve dramatically with the experience of the surgeon. Dr. Jay Pepose was the first to offer the LASIK procedure in the St. Louis region, and remains the most experienced LASIK surgeon in the bi-state area.

U.S. News & World Report recently listed Dr. Pepose among the TOP 1% of LASIK Surgeons in the entire nation.

Testing

Each patient undergoes a 3 hour state-of-the-art testing process, directly supervised by our surgeons who then create a precise, personalized treatment plan.

Technology

PVI uses numerous diagnostic devices to confirm each patients' unique test results. We are also constantly collaborating with eye technology industry leaders on "next generation" diagnostics.

The First Step

Comprehensive Exam

You should allow 3 hours for the comprehensive exam, during which time we will gather the information needed to develop a treatment plan customized for your eyes. Once you have experienced our unparalleled, extensive examination, we guarantee you'll be both confident and excited about your upcoming vision correction procedure! We will then schedule your LASIK procedure and find the payment plan that works for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How exactly does LASIK vision correction eliminate my vision problem?

Nearsighted treatments share a common goal -- to flatten the center of the cornea in order to reduce or eliminate myopia. In contrast, procedures to correct farsightedness steepen the central cornea. Finally, treatment for astigmatism changes the contour of the cornea from football shaped to basketball shaped. Astigmatism treatment can be performed alone (if it is the only problem) or at the same time as treatment for nearsightedness or farsightedness. Using a cool-beam excimer laser, we are able to reshape the cornea to resolve these vision problems.

Is there a minimum or maximum age to be a LASIK candidate?

We have had patients as young as 18 and as old as 82 who have had outstanding vision correction outcomes. The most important determinant for young people is whether their eyesight has stabilized (no prescription change for at least one year). For older patients, it is critical that a thorough eye exam be performed to eliminate any other cause of vision loss, such as cataract formation.

How long does the procedure take?

Vision Correction treatments are performed on an outpatient basis. You will arrive one-half hour before the scheduled surgery time, during which time you will be given eye drops to anesthetize the cornea and a mild sedative such as Valium to help you relax during the procedure. You should plan to be at the surgery center for approximately two (2) hours.

Is vision correction surgery painful?

Prior to your procedure you will be given a topical anesthetic (numbing eye drops) so that you will not feel any pain during surgery. If you have any discomfort after the procedure, you may take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil. We strongly recommend that you return home immediately and go to sleep so that your natural eye fluids can begin the process of soothing and promoting healing. You will be given eye drops that may be used should your eye feel scratchy or dry. Flapless LASIK patients should expect more scratchiness during the first week after surgery. These, too, can be remedied with eye drops and over-the-counter pain medications; in some cases, your surgeon will fit a bandage contact lens to promote healing during the first few days after surgery.

When should a woman NOT have Lasik?

Women should refrain from having LASIK or any elective eye surgery if they are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing.

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Let's Get Started!

If you are ready to get the ball rolling and schedule a comprehensive LASIK exam, simply give us a call at 636.728.0111 or complete the form below. We look forward to giving you the best vision possible!