LASIK in Orlando, FLLASIK
Experience the freedom of life with effortless clear vision.
LASIK is an acronym describing each component that allows vision correction to be fast, accurate, and pain-free. Nothing compares to the precision possible today with modern LASIK. The scientific words that compose the acronym may not be of lifelong significance, but the results possible because of those scientific advances definitely are.
At Hunter Vision, we aim to give you the best possible value for what you spend. That’s why we invest in the best technology and people to care for you.
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For every memorable experience in life, there are a thousand nearly-insignificant details that made it possible. As you journey through LASIK, we focus meticulously on those details so that you can do something truly extraordinary and enjoy your experience.
Whether you are a tech lover that wants to know every detail, or someone that cares mostly about the end result rather than the means to it, the technology necessary to get what you want is waiting for you here.More about our technology
While safety matters in any area of life, we all raise the bar when it comes to our eyes. We obsess over every detail of sterilization and calibration and all other facets of treating your eyes like the irreplaceable gift they are.More about our safety
“I have been wearing contact lenses for most of my life. I finally got the nerve to look into LASIK and decided to go with Hunter Vision. I am so glad I did!!! Dr. Hunter and Dr. Eubanks were amazing. The coolest part after the surgery is that I was able to relax at home and watch Netflix right away (Doctors orders lol). The next day I was 20/15 and was able to drive away from the appointment. I went on vacation a few weeks later and...doing the surgery before the hard-earned R&R made seeing all of the sights amazing.”Pilly M.
We get a lot of questions about LASIK. The good news is that almost everyone has the same set of concerns. Things like, “Will it hurt?” and “Can I get LASIK if I have astigmatism?” (The answers are no and yes, respectively). Chances are you’ve got some questions, too. Read on, and be ye enlightened.
Hunter Vision LASIK combines the 3D imaging collected in the unique and comprehensive LASIK Consult and the capabilities of the Wavelight Allegretto laser to maintain the natural 3D shape of your cornea during surgery. This thorough, pre-surgery exam is able to detect the subtleties and nuances of your eye down to the micron level prior to the actual procedure. This allows your surgeon to view a uniquely complete picture of your eye before your customized correction is ever programmed into the laser. The more your surgeon knows about your eye health before your surgery, the better they are able to customize the best plan for you.
No. 100% of the Hunter Vision LASIK procedures we do are bladeless.
We now accept most health insurance and vision insurance plans! Your insurance can contribute to the cost of exams or procedures at Hunter Vision. For details related to your specific insurance, feel free to call 407-385-1620 and we can help figure it out before (or after) your visit.
Yes! According to IRS Publication 502, laser eye surgery is an eligible medical expense. Here’s what it says: “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for eye surgery to treat defective vision, such as laser eye surgery or radial keratotomy.” There you go.
There are older generations of diagnostic equipment and laser technologies available today that are sufficient for some people. However, many people have subtle differences about their eyes that would be better detected by our more comprehensive imaging, and that would particularly benefit from our latest generation of laser. We believe that the 3D nature of the technology offered at Hunter Vision makes a significant difference in your final outcome. Comparing our patient results to the national averages has shown this to be true.
The laser that we use to correct vision is the 500 Hz Wavelight Allegretto. That matters to you because a faster laser means less procedure time and less corneal dehydration during the procedure. Ask any LASIK surgeon that you visit how old their laser technology is. Make sure they are talking about the laser they will use for your procedure. It’s important.
Yes, he is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The International Society of Refractive Surgeons, The American Medical Association. Dr. Hunter was fellowship-trained in Cornea and Refractive Surgery with the world-renowned Dr. Daniel Durrie. The year-long Durrie Fellowship accepts one applicant per year and is regarded by many in the refractive community as the best in the world.
The changes made to your cornea during any LASIK surgery are permanent and can only be changed by another procedure. However, when we get this question, the patient is usually asking if they will have to have this surgery more than once. While the changes to correct your vision are permanent, the lens inside the eye will inevitably change over time and cause a loss of near vision. This is the reason almost everyone over the age of 45 requires readers or bifocals, or takes off their glasses to read. Whether you’ve already had this change, or it is far in the future for you, we can fix this problem as well when necessary. It brings us great joy to see the euphoria our patients have with their ability to see near and distance without glasses, no matter what their age.
We tell patients that they should expect to be here no more than 90 minutes on surgery day. The final prep for surgery (a one-on-one final measurement with your surgeon) takes about 15 minutes, the time in the laser room is about 15 minutes, and the post-operative instructions take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on questions you may have.
While there is inherent risk in any surgical procedure, LASIK is among the most common and safest elective procedures available today. Each year over 1 million people elect to undergo LASIK. Classic LASIK performed with a blade was trusted by tens of millions of people (including Dr. Hunter himself.) Now, with the femtosecond laser that uses a layer of bubbles to separate the natural layers of the cornea (instead of a blade to cut through), it is safer than ever before. Approximately 50% of today’s LASIK procedures are still performed with a blade. Hunter Vision uses bladeless technology exclusively. Your surgeon will discuss your particular risks with you at your consultation.
Before LASIK, you'll have one virtual consultation with the doctor via phone call or video chat, and one in-office exam. We do it because we believe it's best for you. We schedule your surgery at the in-office appointment and then have you come in at your scheduled surgery time. Your time is valuable and we know it, so we are deliberate about taking the least amount of it possible. Hunter Vision is built around our patients, not the doctor.
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LASIK at Hunter Vision combines the 3D imaging collected in the unique and comprehensive Vision Correction Consultation and the capabilities of our excimer laser to maintain the natural 3D shape of your cornea during surgery. This thorough, pre-surgery exam is able to detect the subtleties and nuances of your eye down to the micron level prior to the actual procedure. This allows your surgeon to view a uniquely complete picture of your eye before your customized correction is ever programmed into the laser. The more your surgeon knows about your eye health before your surgery, the better they are able to customize the best plan for you.
Vision correction research began in earnest over 50 years ago. Back then, the surgeries involved cutting the clear window on the front of the eye (the cornea) in order to reshape it. Dr. Jose Barraquer in Columbia and Dr. Svyatoslav Fyodorov in what was then the USSR worked on perfecting techniques to change the cornea's curvature with blades. Dr. Fyodorov gets the credit for developing the technique of modern radial keratotomy, known more commonly for its acronym "RK." RK became pretty popular during the 1980s and into the early 1990s, because people with difficulty seeing in the distance (i.e. they were nearsighted) had good results for improvement of distance vision. But, something better was on its way...
Dr. Stephen Trokel was the one of the first to pursue the idea of using an excimer laser for vision correction. Excimer lasers were used throughout the 1970s to etch silicone chips used in computers. In 1982, Dr. Trokel and colleagues began testing the laser on living tissue and were amazed by its ability to remove precise amounts of tissue with no collateral damage. This unique ability was a result of the 193 nanometer wavelength of this laser, which vaporizes carbon-carbon bounds in protein without causing thermal (heat) damage. Scientists were amazed to see electron micrograph photos of precise steps cut into a human hair. Precision like this had never before been seen in surgery.
Now aided by a tool that allowed for such extreme precision, refractive surgeons developed a technique called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Drs. Marguerite McDonald, Stephen Trokel, and Charles Munnerlyn worked to solve the surgical and mathematical formula to use PRK to reshape the cornea to correct distance vision. The first procedure was performed by Dr. McDonald in 1987. It was limited in scope to correct only nearsightedness, but over the next few years correction for astigmatism and farsightedness was developed. It was an exciting time in refractive surgery. But something better was on its way...
Now that vision could be corrected with lasers, scientist sought to find a way to do it painlessly. Since PRK was performed by removing the epithelium off the surface of the eye before laser ablation, the eye was uncomfortable for several days and sometimes took several weeks for the vision to improve. By 1991, a laser procedure was performed under a protective corneal flap for the first time. It was name Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK). Using a blade called a microkeratome, the surgeon was able to create a small flap on the surface of the eye, perform the ablation, and then "hide" the ablation zone by replacing the corneal flap in its original position. This procedure was FDA approved in 1999. Around this time, almost everyone had heard about LASIK and many had the procedure. People who had LASIK had a 95% satisfaction rate, which is almost unheard of for medical procedures. But something better was on its way..
In 2002, the femtosecond laser was approved by the FDA to replace the blade used in LASIK procedures. This meant that LASIK could now be a bladeless procedure. However, it wasn’t until five years later that Drs. Daniel Durrie and Stephen Slade introduced a new and better form of LASIK that took advantage of the precision offered by bladeless technology. By using the femtosecond laser to create a layer of bubbles to separate the natural layers of the cornea, a thinner and smaller flap was able to be consistently reproduced in a way that blades could not achieve. This minimally-invasive technique was termed Sub-Bowman's Keratomileusis (SBK) because it separates the natural layers of the cornea just beneath the very top plane of tissue named Bowman’s layer. For the first time, recovery from surgery could be quick and painless, but also adverse effects sometimes seen with LASIK (dry eyes, dangerous corneal weakening) could be minimized to almost zero. The evolution of laser surgery achieved a new level with this procedure, but something better was on its way...
The technique used in SBK is now standard practice for most high-end centers. However, diagnostic technology used to evaluate the eye, and excimer laser technology used to reshape the eye have improved dramatically over the last 5 years. With 3D imaging technology, the most subtle nuances of the human eye can be captured — down to 1000th of a millimeter. In kind, excimer lasers that used to use a 6 millimeter broad beam to shape the cornea, can now be focused down to a 0.9 millimeter beam that distributes the energy more evenly across the entire corneal surface. This allows a 3D approach that can preserve the natural corneal curvature of the eye in a unique way. Using SBK for safety, 3D imaging technology for accuracy, and laser technology for precision, Hunter Vision has set a new standard in vision correction.