Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK)


Dr. Crane is Kauai’s only all laser LASIK surgeon. Kauai patients will benefit from choosing Dr. Crane for their LASIK surgery for many reasons. Every detail is noticed because Dr. Crane does all of your pre-operative and post-operative examinations. Because he personally reviews your information from start to finish, you are insured to get the best results from your laser refractive surgery. He wants you to achieve your personal best vision without glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK experts will tell you that the surgeon’s skill is more important than technology. Even the best laser technology won’t compensate for inexperience. Dr. Crane has been a practicing ophthalmologic surgeon on Kauai since 1982 and has been performing LASIK on his patients since it was first introduced to the market. Dr. Crane has performed over a thousand Laser Refractory Surgeries and thousands of eye surgeries. Dr. Crane is comfortable and experienced with many types of refractive surgeries —such as LASIK, LASEK and PRK. By thoroughly understanding all of these different procedures, he can help you choose the one that best fits your needs.


We realize that it can be scary to think about LASIK eye surgery, but Dr. Crane will make you feel comfortable and will walk you through the procedure. He genuinely cares about his patients and has been known to call his patients on the weekends just to make sure everything is ok. The importance of  routine post-operative care should not be underestimated. Although rare, complications can occur and early detection can minimize their impact. If you are a candidate for LASIK and decide that LASIK surgery is the right choice for you, then Dr. Crane is an excellent choice for any Kauai resident that wants to start seeing clearly without corrective lenses.

Call us today to come in for a complimentary LASIK consultation. We realize that we can’t answer all of your questions about LASIK  or other Laser Refractive Surgeries through our web site, but we want to provide you a general definition of these procedures. The best way to find out more information is to come in for a consultation so we can answer all your questions and find out it LASIK is right for you. 808.246.0110


LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a refractive surgery to correct Myopia (Nearsightedness), Hyperopia (Farsightedness) and Astigmatism (irregular shape of the cornea). This is an outpatient, or same day procedure, that for most patients provides a permanent alternative to wearing contact lenses or glasses to correct vision. The surgeon creates a thin flap on the eye with a laser. The flap is then folded back, and the doctor will resurface the cornea to reshape and remodel it with a second laser. The surgery itself typically only takes a few minutes per eye and causes minimal discomfort. The patient’s vision should be improved by the following day; although, post-operative follow-up appointments are necessary to insure proper healing and avoid any complications.

At Crane Eye Care we utilize the most advanced technology in laser vision correction–the IntraLase Method for corneal flap creation, along with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Laser for a 100% blade-free approach to LASIK.

Are you a Candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

  • Have healthy eyes with adequate corneal tissue thickness.
  • Have a stable glasses or contact lens prescription.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Are affected by one of the common types of vision problems (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism).
  • Have realistic expectations.
  • Do not have diseases like lupus or diabetes.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

When to consider LASIK:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • If you wish to be free from glasses or contacts

Everyone’s eyes are unique and not everyone is a LASIK candidate. Please call us today to schedule a free consultation so that we can discuss your unique needs for vision correction. 808.246.0110

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PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) although PRK and LASEK are very similar, there are minor differences between them. With PRK there is no flap created, instead Dr. Crane epithelium is removed and the outermost layer below the epithelium is treated with a laser. The laser delivers cool pulsing beam of ultraviolet light, and is used on the cornea’s surface rather than underneath the flap of the cornea , like in LASIK. PRK does have a longer recovery time and may feel more discomfort and irritation during the healing process. Rates  of ocular dryness are usually less for this procedure.

When to consider PRK:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism
  • Not a candidate for LASIK because cornea is too thin or have other eye conditions
  • Not a candidate for LASIK because pupil is too large


LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) is a variant of PRK. An epithelial flap is created and then epithelial cells are loosened with an alcohol solution. The patients cornea is reshaped using a laser, then the flap is replaced and secured with a soft contact lens during the healing process.

When to consider LASEK:

  • Desire to reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses or contacts
  • The epithelial layer is kept, reducing healing time and pain compared to PRK
  • Not a candidate for LASIK because cornea is too thin or have other eye conditions
  • Patients experience less ocular dryness