You become a Very Important Patient (VIP) when you decide to come to the Southwest Eye Institute
for your laser vision correction. This includes:
At the Southwest Eye Institute your surgeon will personally perform your formal evaluation for surgery, calculate your treatment plan, and then perform the laser treatment.
We use advanced technology to evaluate your eyes and perform your laser vision correction.
The success of laser vision correction mainly falls in the pre-operative measurements. Your surgeon will personally perform all of the most critical measurements and calculations for your treatment plan.
We want you to feel special during the entire process and be sure you have been given the opportunity to have all of your questions answered. Thus, we schedule our evaluations and surgery in such way that you feel our full attention is on you.
LASIK vs. PRK:With laser vision correction, you have the choice between LASIK and PRK. Both have their benefits and in our hands we find that typically several months later both procedures have the same result. Thus, the question of which procedure is better for your eyes is answered after a thorough discussion with your surgeon, that’s the VIP way!
LASIK is the most common type of laser vision correction performed. At the Southwest Eye Institute, we perform all laser LASIK where one laser creates a corneal flap and then the excimer laser is applied below the flap to correct the vision. LASIK provides minimal downtime and discomfort with a very precise result.
PRK is the most flexible vision-correcting procedure available. No corneal flap is required and the same excimer laser used in LASIK is used to correct the vision. PRK requires more healing time, medication, and close follow-up with your surgeon to achieve the same visual results as LASIK, but in some patients may be a better option.
Dr. Javier De la Torre has performed and overseen thousands of eye laser procedures, including many during the time he served in the US Army improving the sight of our soldiers. He also had the surgery done on himself, so he can share his experience as both a surgeon and a patient. Dr. Javier De la Torre is fully bilingual and will personally meet with you when you come in for your formal evaluation.
I cannot begin to thank you Dr. De la Torre and your amazing staff for giving me the gift of vision. The one on one personal experience made the LASIK procedure that much easier. I now don’t have to worry about falling asleep with my glasses on or wonder if I have any contacts left when a special occasion arises. I am so grateful that I finally went through with this wonderful experience and that all of you were a part of it.
El Paso, TX
As a graduate student and someone who had been wearing glasses and contacts for the past 22 years, I was truly amazed at how quick and life-changing my LASIK results were. I was blessed in having chosen Southwest Eye Institute and Dr. Javier De La Torre as my LASIK provider. He was able to walk me through, step by step, on what I was to expect during and after the procedure. From the initial consultation to scheduling all subsequent appointments, and especially during the surgery itself, I was made to feel very comfortable and at ease. Dr. De La Torre was able to correct my astigmatism and nearsightedness and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve noticed that my eyes get less tired and even less irritated than they did when I would wear contacts or glasses. I am truly satisfied with my results and I would definitely recommend Dr. De la Torre at the Southwest Eye Institute.
Grenada, West Indies