LASIK St Louis

LASIK is a popular surgery in St Louis. It is used to correct poor vision. People who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism can benefit from LASIK.

All laser vision correction surgeries work by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear front part of the eye. LASIK is one of a number of different surgical techniques used to reshape the cornea.

Pepose Vision was the first to offer LASIK eye surgery in the St. Louis region and continues to have among the best track record for vision outcomes of any LASIK provider in the country. Our highly-experienced surgeons use the most advanced, bladeless technology available. We’ve even earned the distinction of “top 100” LASIK providers nationwide!

After reading this page, please contact us to learn even more and schedule a free consultation where we’ll explain the LASIK procedure in detail, perform key eye tests to determine your best option and answer all of your questions.




Diagram Illustrating the LASIK Procedure in 3 Steps

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How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK?

If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have an astigmatism you could be a candidate for LASIK. If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts, you could be a candidate, as well.

The only way to know is to have a complete examination by a LASIK expert. We offer a free one-on-one consultation at our St. Louis office where we’ll explain the LASIK process in detail and give you an eye exam to let you know if you’re good candidate for LASIK. Our St. Louis LASIK surgeons also answer any questions and explain your options honestly. If you have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK please consider the Visian ICL procedure. Two Photos of Children Showing Normal Vision vs Vision with Nearsightedness

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Can you explain the LASIK Eye Surgery procedure?

During bladeless LASIK vision correction surgery (also known as IntraLase), a laser is used to create a thin flap in the cornea. The cornea is then peeled back and the underlying tissue is reshaped using another laser. After the cornea is reshaped so that it can properly focus light onto the retina, the cornea flap is put back in place and the surgery is complete. LASIK is performed while the patient is under local anesthesia. It usually takes about 10 minutes to complete. Patients may also request mild sedation.

Intralase LASIK Laser

We create your personalized vision profile

The first step is to perform a diagnosis using theWaveScan WaveFront System. Your eye is unique, and is as personal as your fingerprint. The WaveScan WaveFront System creates a 3-D map that provides detailed information of your vision correction requirements. We use that to develop a LASIK correction plan.

We create your LASIK flap without blades

Then we use a process called the IntraLase Method to create a thin LASIK flap, precisely personalized just for you. The flap is folded back in preparation to gently reshape the cornea. Studies have shown that flaps created with the IntraLase method have fewer complications and greater stability than flaps created with a blade.

We correct your vision!

Lastly, we use a second, ultra-precise “cool” laser to gently reshape your cornea to the desired curvature, based on the digital information from your personalized WaveScan WaveFront map. Then we reposition the LASIK flap, and your procedure is complete. Many of our patients sit up and immediately notice dramatically better vision. Serving LASIK to the St. Louis areas, schedule a consultation with us today!

 U.S. News & World Report annually lists Dr. Jay Pepose among the TOP 1% of LASIK Surgeons in the entire nation and he is ranked annually at the very top of LASIK surgeons in St. Louis.

Frequently asked LASIK questions

Did you know Pepose Vision played a leading role in the original clinical trials leading to the worldwide introduction of LASIK and continues to be a leading LASIK research facility?

Why choose Pepose Vision for your LASIK Vision Correction?

Pepose Vision Institute has been at the forefront of LASIK technology since the day it was first introduced. Proudly serving the St. Louis area with premier LASIK, Dr. Pepose has performed over 40,000 LASIK procedures.  We are proud of the results we attain for our patients and will share with you (while keeping patient privacy) historical results of our LASIK procedures.

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.

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.

Pepose Vision’s research department is continually leading clinical studies for new LASIK technologies and techniques. We’ve done this since LASIK was first introduced and remain at the leading edge the industry.

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.

Pepose Vision will never promote a less expensive service simply to get a patient in the door. We’ll never up-sell more costly procedures or reveal hidden costs.  Nor will we ever provide varying price levels for our services just so we can do a procedure.  We will honestly tell you the best way to improve your vision and provide the exact cost to do so.

Though LASIK Vision Correction has become “routine” in terms of occurrence, it is still SURGERY. We recommend that the best way to ensure a successful outcome is to choose a highly experienced surgeon who is involved in developing state-of-the-art treatments to enhance your vision outcome. Dr. Pepose is one such surgeon and guarantees the best LASIK St Louis has to offer.

Pepose Vision offers flexible and affordable financing, including 0% for 18 months!

Questions to ask before choosing your LASIK surgeon

We want you to make an informed decision about your vision. So we encourage you to compare our experience, skills and service to other providers’. You’ll see why we’re the leading laser vision correction practice in the bi-state region, and one of the premier providers in the entire United States. In fact, U.S. News & World Report recently listed Dr. Pepose among the TOP 1% of LASIK Surgeons in the entire nation.
Please read through these questions.  Most come from patients that had initially gone to a different LASIK surgeon and for the reason referenced in the questions, decided to have their LASIK Vision Correction at Pepose Vision.

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What if I can’t have LASIK? Introducing Visian ICL.

There are times when patients aren’t able to have LASIK, due to their thin corneas or they were too nearsighted. Now, there is an alternative to LASIK – the FDA approved Visian ICL™, Implantable Collamer Lens.

The Visian ICL™ is a procedure for the correction of moderate to high nearsightedness (myopia) that will allow patients to enjoy their active lifestyle demands with nothing less than the highest quality of vision. Why do these patients come to Pepose Vision Institute for their Visian ICL?

Patient come to us because we have a distinguished track record of surgical innovations and have experience with as many as 3 different lens implants for treating high levels of nearsightedness. The Visian ICL offers these attractive features:

  • The Visian ICL procedure is very quick and comfortable. After a painless 15-minute outpatient procedure, most patients experience an immediate improvement in vision quality, producing the “WOW” effect!
  • Due to the very small size of the incision required, healing is rapid and any minimal grittiness generally resolves within one or 2 days.
  • High quality of vision – The Visian ICL not only improves your visual acuity, but it also enhances your quality of vision by producing sharp, vivid vision with greater depth and, dimension. These are the unique advantages that define what we call “High Definition Visian™.”
  • Visian ICL is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved as safe and effective for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia) ; over 650,000 ICLs have been successfully implanted in over 20 countries!
  • The Visian ICL has been embraced by the U.S. military because of the lens’ reliable visual clarity.

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Vision Correction for a Lifetime – Only at Pepose Vision.

Pepose Vision Institute knows that your concern about your eyesight doesn’t end the day after LASIK has brought your world into crisp, clear focus. Since serving the St. Louis areas, we’re dedicated to doing everything we can to assure our patients lifelong, quality vision.

LASIK vision correction procedures have been proven to be the most stable answer to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. But Pepose Vision Institute goes the extra mile. We make a lifelong commitment to your newly restored vision.

We are pleased to offer qualified vision correction patients free enrollment in our Vision Correction for a Lifetime program. Unlike other providers who charge extra for this coverage, our coverage is included in your initial surgical fee. Yet another value that we bring to our vision correction patients!

About Our Vision Correction for a Lifetime Program

During the first year after initial vision correction surgery, our patients receive touchups free of charge, when medically indicated. Beyond this first year, touchups continue to be offered free of surgical fees, when medically indicated. Patients will only pay laser facility and post-operative care fees, and applicable royalties or taxes.

LASIK Eligibility

Patients must have annual eye exams performed at Pepose Vision Institute or by your co-managing vision correction eye care provider, within three months of the anniversary date of the original surgery (patients are responsible for annual exam visit fees). These exams assure that unrelated eye conditions can be addressed so as not to diminish the benefit of your vision correction surgery.

In addition to having an annual eye exam performed at Pepose Vision Institute or by your co-managing vision correction eye care provider, touchups after the first year are free of surgical fees as long as:

The touchup is medically advisable, in a programmable range of refraction, with residual spherical equivalent of one diopter or more, and corrective lenses improve uncorrected vision by at least 3 lines on the acuity chart.
Patient’s uncorrected vision following initial surgery or enhancement during the first year is within 3 lines of the pre-operative best spectacle-corrected vision, as recorded at the one-year postoperative visit, and refractive outcome at the one year post-operative visit is of spherical equivalent of less than or equal to +/- 0.75D.


While the vast majority of our laser vision correction patients are eligible for our lifetime program, exclusions apply in the following situations:

  • Loss of vision as a result of eye disease, pathology or trauma
  • Amblyopia
  • Corneas that by calculated corneal thickness are too thin to advise treatment, or corneas that show evidence of ectasia
  • Irregular astigmatism
  • Previous refractive surgery not performed by Pepose Vision Institute
  • Patients with cataracts, glaucoma, corneal, retinal or optic nerve pathology, or stroke, except for those cataract patients who have previously had multifocal lenses implanted by Pepose Vision Institute
  • LASIK following cataract extraction or corneal transplantation
  • Refractive changes resulting from developing presbyopia
  • Patients with pre-operative myopic spherical equivalent of greater than or equal to 11 diopters or astigmatism equal to or greater than 3.0 diopters
  • Patients using contact lenses after first anniversary of refractive surgery
  • Original vision correction treatment was prior to September 1999

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