Eye1st Vision & Laser Center

"I made a good choice by selecting you to do Lasik. 14 years of perfect eyesight is a testimonial to your expertise."

Michael C. Dudley, MD

LASIK Surgery

Welcome to Atlanta's Eye1st Vision & Laser!

Our experienced LASIK surgeon, Dr. George Waring, provides only the best in vision correction. Our CustomVue™ technology is specific to each patient's unique vision, resulting in the most precise vision correction available. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have regarding LASIK surgery or any type of laser vision correction. Dr. Waring offers a free LASIK eye exam, so contact us for your complimentary consultation today.

We have Locations in Atlanta & Duluth, but our patients have come from all over Georgia. Some have driven from surrounding states so that they could be taken care of by the most experienced LASIK doctors available. Come in and meet our surgeon, who you can trust for the safest, highest-quality laser eye surgery.

About LASIK Vision Correction Surgery

LASIK Surgery

(Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in North America. LASIK uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye.

Custom Lasik

While conventional LASIK has been a complete revolution in vision correction a newer form of laser vision correction technology exists called Custom LASIK. Custom LASIK is a procedure that enables a refractive surgeon to further customize the conventional LASIK procedure to your individual eyes.

Bladeless LASIK

In the LASIK procedure, a flap of corneal tissue must be created and then folded back. The cornea is the transparent dome-like structure that covers the iris and pupil of your eye. By creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon is able to perform the laser vision correction treatment on the inner layer of the cornea and allows for a rapid visual recovery. With Bladeless LASIK surgery, the LASIK surgeon uses a laser to create the corneal flap. This technology gives the eye surgeon the ability to customize the corneal flap for each individual patient.

LASIK Surgery: Treatment Types

Nearsightedness (Myopia)

With myopia, the eye is too long. This makes distant objects blurry, because light is focused in front of the retina. Near objects remain clear.

When LASIK surgery is performed for myopia, most of the laser pulses are applied to the central cornea, making it flatter. This reduces its focusing power and allows light to focus perfectly on the retina.

Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

With hyperopia, the eye is too short and light rays focuses behind the retina. Hyperopia causes blurry vision up close and sometimes in the distance. Hyperopia must be distinguished from presbyopia, which is the inability of the eye to focus sharply on nearby objects, resulting from loss of elasticity of the lens with advancing age.

When LASIK eye surgery is performed for hyperopia, most of the laser pulses are applied to the peripheral cornea. This is like removing a “doughnut” of corneal tissue, making it steeper. This brings light rays from behind the retina to focus perfectly on it's surface.


Astigmatism causes light entering the eye at different axes to be focused at different amounts. For example, light entering vertically (from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock) may be focused more than light entering horizontally (from 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock). With astigmatism, the shape of the cornea is like a football compared to a basket ball which is perfectly round.

The net result of astigmatism is blurred vision. Often letters appear slanted or with “tails” coming off of them.

When LASIK surgery is utilized for astigmatism, the laser pulses are applied to the steeper areas, selectively giving a more round shape to the cornea.


Monovision is correcting one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. LASIK surgery cannot correct presbyopia so that one eye can see at both distance and near. However, LASIK eye surgery can be used to correct one eye for distance and the other for near. If you can adjust to this correction, it may eliminate or reduce your need for reading glasses. Our surgeons often recommend partial monovision for patients over forty to delay the need for reading glasses. This blended vision is usually very well tolerated by patients.

For patients with early cataracts and who wish to have refractive surgery, an excellent option would be bilateral Restore lenses implanted inside the eye, after the lenses or cataracts have been removed.


Alternatives to LASIK:


In an Advanced Surface Ablation treatment (also called PRK or Epi-LASIK), the laser correction is performed on the surface of the cornea rather than a deeper layer.  Since there is no creation of a LASIK flap, ASA is generally considered an even safer procedure.

In the ASA surgery procedure the most superficial cells are simply removed from the cornea, and the laser treatment is applied in the same way as if under a flap. After the laser treatment, a special extended wear contact lens is placed on the eye. Patients who are experienced with contacts are asked to remove the lens themselves on the 3rd night after the surgery, Dr. Waring will remove them on the 4th day.  The contact lens provides protection to the eye while the epithelium regenerates naturally, just like the flap in traditional LASIK eye surgery provides protection.

PRK/ASA/Epi-LASIK Surgery is a very safe alternative to LASIK and could be recommended to a patient with one or more of the following factors:

  • Thin corneas
  • Irregular corneas
  • Unusual astigmatism
  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal scars
  • “Lazy” eyes
  • Previous RK eye surgery
  • Military Pilots
  • Contact sport participants
  • Previous complicated LASIK surgery

Advanced Surface Ablation was the forerunner of LASIK surgery in the early 1990s, but when the technology of LASIK was perfected and FDA approved, most patients underwent LASIK surgery, which provides a faster and more comfortable recovery. 

Although the recovery of ASA is 4-5 days, the ultimate vision is the same as LASIK, but provides a safer alternative in those patients who are less than perfect LASIK candidates.

Please visit our lasers page to learn about the state-of-the-art laser technologies that we use here at Eye1st Vision and Laser Center for all of our laser eye surgeries. If you'd like to learn more about our LASIK surgeon, Dr. George Waring, please visit our doctors page or read our patient testimonials.

* ASA, PRK and Epi-LASIK are three terms that represent the same procedure.
ASA = Advanced Surface Ablation,
PRK = Photorefractive Keratectomy



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