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The most advanced LASIK surgery in Kansas City

Developed by ophthalmologists Daniel Durrie, MD and Stephen Slade, MD, Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis (SBK) is the most advanced form of laser vision correction surgery. This highly precise technique delivers exceptional outcomes and a rapid recovery, making it the most popular laser vision correction procedure performed today.

Who is a Candidate for SBK?

SBK advanced LASIK in Kansas City is an excellent solution for someone who is at least 18 years of age and ready to eliminate their dependency on glasses and/or contacts. Factors that can affect candidacy are the degree of the refractive error as well as the thickness and shape of the cornea.

During our Advanced Ocular Analysis, you will experience thorough diagnostic testing while meeting with a surgeon to determine if this procedure is best for you. SBK is designed to correct for the following refractive errors: Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, and Astigmatism.


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SBK vs. Traditional LASIK?

What are the advantages of SBK vs. traditional LASIK? SBK uses all-laser technology with a femtosecond laser, instead of a microkeratome or mechanical blade.

All-laser technology using the femto is safer, more precise, and customized to each eye.

Treatment Process

While the entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes, the laser portion of the treatment is completed in only a few seconds.

On the day of the procedure, patients can expect to be in our office for 90 minutes.

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    Step 1

    Pre-operative preparations

    Several tests will be repeated to verify measurements. An optional mild sedative is offered to patients and anesthetic eye drops are applied to numb the eye. A small, gentle eyelid holder is placed between your eyelids so you don’t have to worry about blinking during the procedure.

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    Prep the cornea

    First, our surgeons use a femtosecond laser to create a customized corneal flap designed with the precise construction that has been shown to improve safety and visual outcomes.

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    Reshape the cornea

    The corneal flap is reflected back and the surgeon then applies the excimer laser to reshape the cornea, thereby correcting the refractive error. Once treatment is complete, the protective corneal flap is repositioned into place, acting as a natural bandage so vision can be restored more rapidly.

SBK Advanced LASIK

Quick recovery and nearly immediate visual results are two of the benefits of SBK Advanced LASIK. You can expect your vision to be blurry the first few hours after surgery followed by a rapid and significant improvement in vision.

The following morning we will see you for a quick post-operative visit to assess vision and ensure proper healing. Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities following this exam.

SBK Advanced LASIK Benefits

  • Save time

    Say goodbye to twice daily contact lens cleanings. Laser vision correction gives you 5 more minutes at night and 5 more minutes in the morning. Over the course of 12 months, that adds up to 60 hours. What will you do with that extra time?

  • Live more simply

    Imagine no more contacts, glasses, or solutions to manage. Just wake up and see. Pack and go. Dive in and swim. You get the idea. Laser vision correction better accommodates a busy, active lifestyle.

  • Safety

    Did you know laser vision correction is 5x safer than wearing contacts? You’re more likely to develop a serious eye infection from contact lenses. Never worry about leaving your contacts in too long again with laser vision correction!

  • Save money over time

    While the cost of a vision correction procedure does come with an upfront investment, do you know how much you’re already spending on glasses and contacts? Try our cost calculator to see how it adds up over time.

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Advanced Ocular Analysis

The first and most critical step in determining candidacy for a procedure is to schedule a complimentary Advanced Ocular Analysis, or AOA.

Going above and beyond a traditional LASIK screening, the AOA sets the foundation for exceptional visual outcomes with each patient’s long-term needs in mind.

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Examine the health of your eye

When it comes to refractive surgery, a routine eye exam or LASIK screening may ignore details that are critical to your outcomes. For this reason, Durrie Vision developed the AOA. Featuring the most advanced combination of diagnostic testing available today, the AOA uses cutting-edge technologies to provide a three-dimensional visualization and analysis of the entire ocular system.

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Meet with a refractive surgeon

During the AOA, you will meet with one of our experienced refractive surgeons directly to discuss your results along with their recommendations. This is a unique component of the experience that provides an additional level of comfort and trust.

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Recommend a treatment plan

After your exam, we’ll share with you an in-depth analysis of your eyes, taking all the time necessary to explain what the evaluation revealed. You will leave with a comprehensive report of everything we discussed along with any recommendations for treatment, cost, financing, and recovery time.

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SBK Advanced LASIK Technology

Femtosecond Laser



The femtosecond laser replaces the blade commonly used for corneal flap creation making the procedure safer and more precise. The femtosecond laser delivers micron-level accuracy that is critical for successful visual outcomes. We have three femtosecond lasers at Durrie Vision.

  • Wavelight FS200 Femtosecond Laser
  • IntraLase IFS Femtosecond Laser
  • Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond Laser

Excimer Laser


Although all technologies are integral to providing an excellent refractive outcome, the excimer laser could be described as the “crux” of the process when providing SBK Advanced LASIK. Durrie Vision has two excimer lasers that are used to reduce and/or eliminate refractive error by reshaping the cornea.

  • The Wavelight EX500 Excimer Laser
  • The VISX STAR S4IR Excimer Laser


  • McKensie Dopps

    “The quality of my life after LASIK is SO significant that I would’ve paid double or even triple the amount because it’s truly that incredible. Thank you, Durrie Vision for forever changing my life!!!”

  • Bill Self

    “I had a great experience at Durrie Vision, they are first class all the way. The attention I received made me feel like I can send anyone there. It is such a difference for me from an activity and coaching standpoint not to have to worry about dealing with contacts each and every minute.”

  • Laura Chambers

    “Durrie Vision has changed my life for the better. I have a WOW moment every day…from opening my eyes in the middle of the night and realizing I can see without my glasses, to being able to be ready for a run in 5 minutes in the morning…it’s always WOW! I am forever grateful for Dr. Stahl and his amazing staff.”

  • George Brett, MLB Hall of Famer

    I went to have coffee with a friend before my one day post-op visit, and told him I could read the newspaper that morning without my reading glasses!

  • Slimfast

    “Getting LASIK at Durrie Vision was one of the best things I’ve ever done. After being in glasses and contacts for most of my life, being able to see without them is amazing. In fact, I can see better than I ever did before. My biggest regret? That I put it off for so long.”

  • Hai Chen

    “The experience and applied research expertise at Durrie Vision inspired great confidence in the process. For myself, the entire process was informative, quick, and painless with minimal recovery period required.”

  • Lucy Delsarto

    “After Refractive Lens Exchange, my vision is incredibly sharp. Think of an HDTV vs. an older model. You often get so accustomed to what you see that you don’t realize what you are missing until you see it.”


I have astigmatism. Can I still get LASIK?

Having astigmatism does not exclude you from laser vision correction. In fact, SBK Advanced LASIK is a superior treatment for astigmatism, which is simply a common refractive error like nearsightedness and farsightedness.

When astigmatism is present, the cornea has a slightly different surface curvature in one direction or the other. LASIK eliminates the astigmatism by changing the curvature of the cornea, either by flattening or steepening.

What if I'm not a candidate?

Advancements in the field of vision correction have led to new procedures, techniques, and technologies that translate to more options for more people. Age, corneal limitations, and previous eye surgeries are all factors in determining your candidacy for a procedure. While SBK Advanced LASIK is the most commonly performed vision correction procedure at Durrie Vision, it’s not the only one – we have seven! During the Advanced Ocular Analysis, one of our experienced surgeons will obtain an analysis of your entire ocular system and evaluate the overall health of your eyes. This in-depth assessment provides our surgeons with the information needed to determine your surgical candidacy for any of the seven procedures offered at Durrie Vision.

What are the risks?

The decision to have a vision correction procedure is one only you can make. Serious complications with SBK Advanced LASIK are extremely rare. However, as with any medical procedure, the risk is not zero. Many of the risks associated with this procedure can be reduced or eliminated through careful patient selection and thorough preoperative testing using the latest diagnostic technology available at Durrie Vision.

How soon can I return to normal activities after my treatment?

After years of dealing with the limitations of glasses and contacts, we can understand why questions about the recovery time for LASIK in Kansas City are asked so frequently. After all, laser vision correction is meant to make your life easier, right? The good news is that one of the greatest benefits of SBK Advanced LASIK is its rapid visual recovery. Patients can expect their vision to be blurry the first few hours after the procedure. Then, patients will notice significant improvement in vision. After a quick one-day post-operative visit, most patients are able to resume work and normal activities.

Does LASIK wear off?

One of the most common misconceptions about LASIK is that it wears off; but, the reality is that LASIK lasts. This fact is best understood with a quick anatomy lesson. The eye has two lenses – the cornea on the front surface and the lens inside. LASIK is a permanent change to the cornea, which addresses nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Natural changes in the internal lens of the eye can affect your near vision beginning in your 40s, which is due to a common condition called presbyopia. Additional technologies exist to improve vision when those changes occur.

Are you a candidate?

Let’s find out.