The Eye Center P.A. Offers an Outstanding Solution for Those Not Considered Ideal Candidates for Lasik: Advanced Surface Treatment (AST)

The Eye Center P.A., a leading eye care facility in the region, is proud to offer an exceptional solution for individuals who may not be deemed suitable candidates for Lasik eye surgery. Advanced Surface Treatment (AST) is an innovative alternative that can provide fantastic results for a wide array of patients seeking improved vision and freedom from glasses or contact lenses.

While Lasik has proven to be a remarkably effective and popular vision correction procedure, not everyone qualifies as an ideal candidate. Factors such as thin corneas, high prescriptions, or certain corneal irregularities may limit the suitability of Lasik for some patients. However, all hope is not lost, as AST presents a viable option to achieve the desired visual outcomes and long-term satisfaction.

AST, also known as PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. By gently removing the thin outer layer of the cornea, the surgeons at The Eye Center P.A. can access the underlying corneal tissue to reshape it with a laser, allowing light rays to focus correctly on the retina and providing clear vision.

“The Eye Center P.A is committed to advancing vision care for all patients, and introducing AST is reflective of that mission,” says Dr. Clary, an experienced ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgeries at The Eye Center P.A. “We understand the concerns of our patients who don’t qualify for Lasik and we appreciate their desire for better vision. With AST, we can provide an effective vision correction solution that caters to a wider audience.”

One of the key advantages of AST is its ability to treat patients with thin corneas. Traditional Lasik surgery involves creating a flap on the cornea, which requires a certain thickness to ensure a safe procedure. With AST, the outer layer of the cornea is gently removed, allowing patients with thinner corneas to undergo vision correction surgery confidently.

Additionally, for individuals with high prescriptions or corneal irregularities, AST can offer excellent results. The procedure is tailored to each patient’s specific needs, addressing issues such as irregular astigmatism or corneal scars that may not be suitable for Lasik. The Eye Center P.A.’s team of experienced surgeons takes pride in their ability to customize AST treatments to maximize visual outcomes and patient satisfaction.

While Lasik patients typically experience quick recovery with minimal discomfort, AST may involve a slightly longer healing process. However, most patients achieve clear, stable vision within a few weeks following the procedure, and the benefits of improved eyesight and reduced reliance on glasses or contacts far outweigh the temporary inconvenience.

The Eye Center P.A. is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional patient care. Driven by a commitment to providing the highest standard of treatment, their team of skilled ophthalmologists and support staff ensures each patient is well-informed, comfortable, and confident throughout their vision correction journey.

Individuals interested in determining whether AST is a suitable option for their vision correction needs are encouraged to schedule a consultation with The Eye Center P.A. During this comprehensive evaluation, the experienced ophthalmologists will assess various factors, including corneal thickness, prescription, and overall eye health, to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

For additional information about Advanced Surface Treatment (AST) and to book a consultation at The Eye Center P.A., please visit their website at or contact our office directly at 803-256-0641 or email them at

About The Eye Center P.A.

The Eye Center P.A. is a leading eye care facility located in Columbia, S.C. With a team of experienced ophthalmologists and state-of-the-art technology, they provide personalized and comprehensive eye care services to patients. Offering a wide range of vision correction procedures, including Lasik, Advanced Surface Treatment (AST), cataract surgery, and more, The Eye Center P.A. is dedicated to helping patients achieve clear and healthy vision.

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