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Surgery / Lasers

  • At the Southwest Eye Institute, we specialize in several types of eye surgeries and lasers. Minor surgical procedures can be performed in our specialized surgical suite in our office. Other surgical procedures are usually performed at the Vista Surgery Center, which is adjacent to our office.

  • Laser Vision Correction (LASIK / PRK)

    Laser vision correction is a quick procedure that can reduce and sometimes eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. At the Southwest Eye Institute, we feel that proper evaluation and education are crucial for refractive surgery success. Therefore, we use the latest technology to evaluate your eyes and spend significant time with you explaining your findings and surgical options.

    Our refractive surgeon, Dr. Javier De la Torre, spent a great deal of his military service performing refractive surgery on our soldiers and their families. Having received laser vision correction himself, Dr. De la Torre has the unique ability to explain the procedure from both a surgeon and patient perspective.  Call us today at (915) 595-4375 to schedule your laser vision correction evaluation.


  • At the Southwest Eye Institute and Vista Surgery Center, we are proud to offer advanced cataract surgery technology for our patients.  At your appointment we will discuss these in more detail with you.  Options we have available include:

    Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery - This laser can perform parts of the cataract surgery normally performed by hand, but with a higher precision.  The femtosecond laser can also be used to reduce corneal astigmatism, which is an abnormal curvature on the front of the eye which may lead to blurry vision if not corrected.  

    ORA Lens Verification System - The ORA system may increase the accuracy of the lens placed at the time of cataract surgery by taking measurements of the eye in the operating room after the cataract has been removed, but before the new lens is placed.  

    Premium Intraocular Lenses - 

  • At the time of your cataract surgery, your surgeon will place an intraocular lens, which is a permanent lens inside the eye that will help you see. There are several types of intraocular lenses that can be placed.  All of the lenses have benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to discuss them with your doctor. Here are two eye problems that can now be corrected with advanced technology intraocular lenses: 

    Astigmatism: With traditional intraocular lenses, most patients with corneal astigmatism still need glasses or contact lenses to correct the astigmatism.  One excellent option for treating astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery is the placement of a TORIC intraocular lens, a special lens designed to counteract the corneal astigmatism.  This often gives an excellent quality of vision.  In some cases, the astigmatism can be treated with the femtosecond laser rather than the Toric intraocular lens. 

  • Presbyopia: In traditional cataract surgery, your surgeon will place a lens that may help focus at distance or at near, but typically not both.  The Symfony extended range of vision and the ReSTOR multifocal intraocular lenses usually focuses both distance and near at the same time.  Another option to correct presbyopia is called monovision, where one eye is aimed for distance and the other is aimed for near vision.  While neither option guarantees a reduction in eyeglass use, they may help to reduce the dependency on glasses after cataract surgery.  

  • Personalized Lens Selection - At the Southwest Eye Institute, our doctors themselves personally review your measurements and suggest the surgical options and intraocular lenses that we feel are best suited for you.  


  • Pterygium Surgery

    A pterygium is a whitish growth on the eye that usually starts in the corner and then grows toward the front of the eye. A pterygium can grow into the visual axis of the eye, causing vision problems as well as significant irritation. There are several methods for removing pterygia. Most are approximately 15 minutes in length and use minimal anesthesia. Our surgeons usually perform pterygium excision with placement of an amniotic membrane graft. This surgical option usually requires no stitches and often heals quickly.

  • Droopy Eyelids

    Do you suffer from droopy eyelids that block your vision or cause significant irritation?  If so, you may qualify for a blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure in which your surgeon will remove the excess eyelid skin.  

  • Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, it is important that you get a comprehensive eye examination at least once a year, or more frequently if recommended by your doctor.  Diabetes can cause changes in your eyes that you don’t even know are occurring. 

  • Glaucoma Lasers

    While glaucoma is usually treated with eye drops, in some cases, a laser treatment is recommended. For some patients, the laser eliminated the needs for glaucoma eye drops.

  • Other Procedures

    This list is just a sampling of the procedures we offer at the Southwest Eye Institute.  We look forward to caring for you.