Serving patients seeking bladeless LASIK in Tampa, St. Petersburg and the surrounding area
Stephen Updegraff, MD, FACS, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained refractive surgeon and pioneering LASIK specialist based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Dr. Updegraff’s experience with LASIK extends back nearly two decades, when he was a member of a unique team of surgeons studying and perfecting LASIK in the mid-1990s in Bogota, Colombia, prior to its introduction to the United States. He then went on to perform the third LASIK surgery in the U.S. and the first in Asia, where he demonstrated the procedure to hundreds of Chinese doctors, and has also earned seven U.S. patents for developing instruments and techniques used in LASIK and microsurgery of the eye. Dr. Updegraff has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine for three years and has been featured as an expert in his field in media outlets such as the St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune and Bay News 9. Dr. Updegraff frequently trains other ophthalmologists in eye surgery and participates in educational videos, conferences and lectures pertaining to laser eye surgery.
In addition to LASIK, Dr. Updegraff specializes in advanced laser cataract surgery with high-technology lens implants, as well as other advanced refractive surgery procedures. His commitment to patient safety and excellent surgical outcomes has earned him a reputation as a “rare breed” among eye surgeons, which is why most of Dr. Updegraff’s new patients are referred to him by his current patients or fellow physicians.
To schedule a complimentary LASIK consultation with Dr. Updegraff and learn more about your vision correction options, please contact Updegraff Laser Vision at (866) 537-9287.
Dr. Stephen Updegraff on LASIK, Bay News 9
More About Vision Correction at Updegraff Laser Vision
Precision LASIK™ by Updegraff is a unique laser vision correction method Dr. Updegraff has spent the past decade developing. It combines the best technology with his patented instruments and a safety check system that ensures patient safety and maximum accuracy during every step of the procedure. Precision LASIK™ is a bladeless surgery, meaning Dr. Updegraff uses a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, a thin piece of tissue that is lifted from the surface of the eye to expose the stroma (middle layer of the cornea). He then uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, thereby correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism. In order to correct higher-order aberrations (subtle refractive errors that cannot be detected with conventional equipment), he uses specialized iris recognition tracking equipment combined with customized Wavefront technology to ensure the best visual outcome. Dr. Updegraff also uses a Pentacam corneal mapping computer, which gives him a 3D map of the patient’s uniquely shaped cornea and refractive errors. Most patients who undergo LASIK surgery under the care of Dr. Updegraff are able to achieve excellent vision and reduce their dependency on corrective eyewear, usually within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.