LASIK Austin

LASIK Vision Correction Serving Residents from Austin

In the past few decades, perhaps no elective procedure has had a more dramatic effect on patients’ lives than refractive surgery, also known as laser eye surgery. South Texas Eye Institute offers several refractive surgery options to improve your vision of Austin residents:

  1. IntraLase® custom LASIK
  2. ICL
  3. PRK
  4. Refractive Lens Exchange

Two of our more popular procedures are custom LASIK and PRK surgery. Both have proven to be safe and effective and success rates continue to climb. Our refractive surgery office will help determine which procedure is best suited to your situation. This video explains the different options for laser eye surgery.

Refractive Surgery Options

How Laser Eye Surgery Works

Laser eye surgery procedures adjust the shape of a patient’s cornea or lens, the anterior segment of the eye. This changes the focal point of the light that passes through the eye, correctly focusing it onto the surface of the retina (the nerve layer at the back of the eye that transmits visual images to the brain).

Contact our refractive surgery office and we are happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about our vision correction procedures.

South Texas Offers

Bladeless LASIK

South Texas Eye Institute is an established leader in laser vision correction surgery. We have helped thousands of patients achieve a lens-free lifestyle by utilizing only the most advanced and safest technology in refractive surgery. At South Texas Eye Institute, we are always searching out new and improved ways to help our patients attain the vision of their dreams.

Your eyesight is much too important to entrust to just anyone. Patients who are ready to see the world with clear vision and are tired of dealing with their glasses and contact lenses have placed their trust in Dr. Marten’s care at South Texas Eye Institute.

We began performing refractive surgery in the 1980’s. We now offer IntraLase®, the blade-free LASIK procedure, to our patients because it provides the most advanced technology available. iLASIK is safer and more precise than other procedures.

Millions of patients worldwide have had laser eye surgery in the last 25 years, and it maintains the highest rate of satisfaction than any other elective surgery. For those patients who wish to eliminate or reduce their reliance on glasses and contact lenses, this remarkable procedure gives the ability to enhance their quality of life.

“…She gave me all instructions to follow after surgery; I had no pain at all, some discomfort for a couple of hours, by night I saw much better than before surgery; to my surprise, that evening, Dr. Marten called me personally to see how I was feeling; that’s something you don’t see much anymore; I was so thankful.”

Read more testimonials from our happy LASIK patients!

All-Laser – During the Procedure

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Definition of LASIK

LASIK is the acronym for laser in-situ keratomileusis, meaning the surgical reshaping of the cornea to correct refractive errors.

In its simplest form, this laser vision correction surgery gently reshapes or sculpts the inner cornea with a cool ultraviolet excimer laser to correct the common refractive errors of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Prior to laser refractive surgery, wearing glasses and contact lenses was the only way for these patients to see clearly.

The main job of our eyes is to focus light precisely on our retina, which in turn sends that image to our brain. How well you see depends on the particular shape of your cornea. In order to have clear vision, light must reach the retina at precisely the correct point.

If your cornea is too flat or too long, it will fall in front of or beyond the retina, and vision is not clear. If you have an irregularly shaped or uneven cornea, then everything is blurry as with astigmatism. The LASIK treatment changes the shape of the cornea so light will focus correctly on the retina giving patients clear focused vision.

IntraLase® Custom LASIK for Austin Residents

Numerous patients have seen astonishing vision improvements since refractive surgery was introduced. These procedures have seen more frequent success at South Texas Eye Institute. Our Austin-area LASIK surgeons will help determine the best refractive surgery option for you.

Read more about Intralase Custom LASIK by downloading our brochure here!

How LASIK Works

In recent years, Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis (or LASIK), has found an even larger niche in modern refractive surgery. In lieu of scraping away the epithelium (the outermost layer of the cornea), LASIK involves creating a flap of corneal tissue, which is then folded to the side. An excimer laser is used to reshape the stromal tissue, the layer below the epithelium. Following treatment the flap is repositioned and the two cellular surfaces quickly heal. The hinged flap technique has become renowned for the speed and ease of visual recovery, and there is no pain.


IntraLase®, available at our Austin-area office, is a femtosecond laser used to cut a corneal tissue flap. This technological advance now allows eye surgeons to create the corneal flap with levels of safety and precision not previously available.

This new technique provides the patient and the surgeon an alternative to the traditional microkeratome blade procedure for creating the tissue flap. Not only have surgeons found the IntraLase® all-laser technique to offer unique safety advantages and greater precision, they have also found that the IntraLase® all-laser capability has broadened the range of patients to whom LASIK can be offered.

Dr. Lisa Martén would be happy to personally discuss with you the exciting possibilities of treatment with IntraLase® at our office.

Customvue LASIK

We offer CustomVue™ LASIK at our Austin-area office. CustomVue™ is the newest, most advanced technology in custom laser vision correction. It is superior to conventional laser correction alone.

Download our brochure about Customvue LASIK here!

Customized to your eyes’ unique vision needs, this technology also makes it easy to correct for higher order aberrations affecting vision in low light situations. The CustomVue™ procedure is performed in three steps. First, each of your eyes’ unique aberrations are captured and mapped using a Wavefront™ technology device.

Next, each eye’s Wavefront™ map is fed into a computer to guide the laser during the vision correction process. Finally, the excimer laser reshapes each cornea. Your vision is corrected more precisely and accurately using CustomVue™ custom laser technology. Because the Wavefront™ map is a direct reflection of your eyes’ unique needs, the result is superior to other vision correction techniques. Using CustomVue™ technology during laser vision correction translates into fewer problems with glare and halos after the procedure. Iris Registration is an upgraded technology that adjusts to patient eye movement with ActiveTrak. This also improves accuracy of treatment by centering the ablation over the patient’s natural pupil.

At South Texas Eye Institute, both custom LASIK and IntraLase® have had amazing success. When performed by a qualified refractive surgeon, such procedures have been known to restore vision in a high percentage of patients. Thus, more people are turning to refractive surgery to reduce their lifelong dependency on glasses and contacts.

To speak with a staff member of South Texas Eye Institute about custom LASIK or IntraLase®, contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Very few insurance policies cover Laser Vision Correction, however, we would be happy to check with your provider when you come in for a consult. We have patient financing plans with approved credit through CareCredit and Wells Fargo. Call (210) 692-1388 or email us by filling out the contact form on the right-hand side to learn more about your quick and confidential application process.          
Because we make every effort to make sure the eye is numb, patients tell us they feel only slight discomfort, not pain during the procedure. After the procedure, most people report a slightly irritated eye for a few hours, similar to an eyelash getting in your eye. But pain is subjective, and when you learn more about the procedure you’ll form your own opinion of what to expect.
As with any type of surgery, side effects and complications can occur such as light sensitivity and dryness which are temporary side effects. All potential side effects and complications will be discussed further at the time of the Laser Vision Correction consultation.
LASIK Laser Vision Correction is not necessarily for everyone. The best way to determine your candidacy is with a proper screening and thorough evaluation.
This is a state-of-the-art procedure, which requires minimal down time. The actual procedure lasts under 10 minutes per eye. Most patients can go back to work the very next day. It may be suggested that you rest for one day after surgery with minimal activity.
Don't worry, a small retaining device (a small speculum) will be used to keep your lids open and prevent blinking. There is no way you will be able to blink and hurt yourself or your visual outcome.
In the majority of all cases, both eyes are done at the same time. But you may elect to have one eye done at a time.