Coronavirus update:

In times of crisis, it is important to come together to care for one another. We are committed to the safety and health of our team, our patients, and our community. As new guidelines emerge from the CDC, we have been advised to postpone routine eye care. By limiting the number of patients and team members in our current open clinics and maintaining our rigorous disinfecting procedures, we are confident we can safely care for patients still in need of our services.

For all of our patients the Chaska, Glencoe, and Hutchinson clinics remain open Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 with reduced services. We ask that you call before coming to our clinics so we can best meet your needs. We may be able to accommodate your product requests by drive up service or shipping directly to your home.

We will continue to care for patients that may require the following services: blurred vision, broken glasses without back up, low stock of contact lenses, red or irritated eyes, trauma, postoperative care, continuing care of diabetics, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

We truly appreciate your patience as we all work through this unprecedented yet tumultuous time.

LASIK Eye Surgery

To Schedule a LASIK Consultation, call 952-479-6306

Laser Vision Correction is the process of reshaping the cornea to correct:

– Nearsightedness
– Farsightedness
– Astigmatism

These conditions affect how well you see by not allowing light to focus properly on your retina, making images blurry.


During LASIK surgery, a flap is created on the cornea. Then using a laser the cornea is reshaped to allow light entering your pupil to focus correctly on your retina. Lasik surgery is a short procedure that takes approximately 3-5 minutes for each eye. There is little discomfort associated with Lasik surgery, and most see results that same day.

What is PRK (LASEK) Vision Correction?

PRK is an advanced type of corneal ablation. PRK surgery is similar to LASEK in that it is used for patients who have thin corneas and might otherwise not be good candidates for regular Lasik. In PRK Surgery, no alcohol solution is used. Instead, a specially designed microkeratome instrument, similar to what is used to create the regular Lasik flap, is used to gently separate the epithelium from the underlying Bowman’s Membrane. Once the Epithelium layer has been removed, the laser is then applied and reshapes the cornea to correct your prescription. After your PRK surgery, a bandage contact lens is applied. This lens is to help you with the healing process and your comfort.

Three to four days after your PRK surgery, the doctor may remove the contact lens. Your vision will probably not be perfect immediately. Every patient heals at a different pace. It can take up to 6 months to reach your final result. After your PRK surgery, it is very important to follow Dr. Krassin’s instructions exactly, post-op and drop regimen to achieve the highest quality of vision.

The Refractive Surgery Process

The first step in refractive surgery is setting up your consultation appointment with an Optometrist at Southwest Eye Care. This is an eye evaluation consisting of multiple tests to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the Laser Vision Correction procedure. If you are a contact lens wearer, you will need to be out of your contact lenses for two weeks or possibly longer pending on the type of contact lens prior to this evaluation. After the consultation, assuming you are candidate, you are free to schedule your Laser Vision Correction surgery with Dr. Krassin.

A Southwest Eye Care Optometrist will want to see you the day after your refractive surgery for a post-op visit. You will also need to be seen for a week, 1-month, and 3-month post op visit.

After your refractive surgery, you will be instructed to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. After some rest, you will be able to see much more clearly. Postoperatively you will be using drops and will need to wear UV protective sunglasses for 6-months when outdoors in daylight to prevent regression.

While laser vision correction is designed to lessen one’s dependency on corrective eyewear, it does not eliminate the need for them altogether. Items like reading glasses for presbyopia (a natural condition all patients experience in their 40s) or sunglasses will be needed following laser vision correction. Make sure you discuss this and your expectations with your doctor at your consultation before deciding to have laser vision correction surgery.

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