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James Dugas, OD and Associates

Optometrists in Austin Texas
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We Provide Lasik Co-Management Services
We co-mange Lasik with the following local Laser Centers and Surgeons:
Tom Walters, MD
Dell Laser Consultants
Steven Dell, MD 
Call Dr. Dugas for a Free Consultation  512-458-5400
Laser Eye Surgery or Lasik is a refractive surgery procedure in which your eyeglass and contact lens prescription is corrected with advanced laser technology, thereby reducing your dependency upon eyeglasses and contact lenses.
Lasik is done to correct one's vision.  Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK is done to correct one's vision, but it's also used to treat recurrent corneal erosions which occur after an injury to the cornea.  
We offer refractive surgery to our patients within a system of co-management. The main purpose of co-management is to give you the most convenient and best care possible by highly trained professionals within their specialty.  With co-management, our doctor (your primary eyecare provider or "ECP") provides initial consultation and the pre and post procedure care.  The surgeon will perform the procedure.  The laser center provides the facility, the excimer laser, diagnostic equipment for refractive surgery, and a highly trained staff to assist our doctor and the surgeon.  The information gathered at the initial screening and pre-procedure exams is provided to the surgeon who will review the information, perform the surgery and maintain an ongoing dialog with our doctor. Our doctor and staff will remain your primary contact and eyecare provider throughout the pre and post procedure care period.  The primary concern of our doctor, the surgeon, and the laser center staff is your health and eye care.
Dr. Dugas co-manages Lasik with many laser centers and refractive surgeons in the United States and other countries.  Our services include pre-operative care and and post operative care, and follow-up care immediately after surgery, and annual eye exams thereafter.
Am I A Candidate For Lasik?

 The general recommendations are that a LASIK candidate:

  • Be at least 18 years old, and whose prescription has stabilized for one year.
  • Prior to surgery, your vision must be stable for at least one year.
  • No eye infection or injury within the past year.
  • Candidates may not be affected by an autoimmune disorder, such as Sjogren's Syndrome or Lupus.
  • No history of herpes infections in the eye, as LASIK may bring on a recurrence of the infection.
  • No scarring may be present on the cornea, and the patient may not have evidence of suspected kerataconus as determined by topography.
  • Candidates must understand the risks of LASIK surgery and have realistic expectations regarding the results that can be achieved.
  • A Lasik candidate may not be nursing or pregnant on the date of surgery.
  • Persons with dry eye syndrome are not good LASIK candidates, because dry eye symptoms are increased after Lasik, but usually resolve after one year.
  • Persons with pupils that dilate beyond seven millimeters in the dark are not good candidates for Lasik.
  • Corneal thickness should allow for treatment of the prescription.



These factors are considered upon consultation with your eye doctor and after screening results are analyzed by your eye doctor and the surgeon. 

We offer a free consultation and our associated laser centers provide free testing to determine if you're a candidate for refractive surgery.
After your free screening, there is no other obligation.  If you're approved as a candidate by our eye doctors and surgeons, your goal is to establish when you want to have laser eye surgery.  Our goal is for you to have the best results possible. 
Financing is available, and is discussed by our locally and associated laser centers.  The finacing plans vary.