The value of enhancing one's life with Refractive Surgery is well worth the wait.

Refractive Surgery is a procedure used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses and contact lenses. This can include various methods of surgical remodelin. The most common methods today use excimer lasers to reshape curvature of the cornea. Successful refractive eye surgery can reduce or cure common vision disorders such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

Refractive Surgery is also known as:

Laser Vision Correction




Refractive Surgeon

Dr. Walter J. Hubickey

Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Specializing in refractive surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology

Dr. Walter J. Hubickey joins The Eye Center Surgeons and Associates in 2011 after 6 ½ years as Director of Refractive Surgery at Huntsville Center for Sight; where he performed thousands of successful Laser Vision Surgeries on people from all over the Tennessee Valley and surrounding states. Dr. Hubickey’s refractive surgery experience and expertise is unique in that he had the privilege to pioneer refractive surgery in the United States Army- starting the first of its kind War-Fighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program at Ft. Bragg, N.C. in 2000.

As an Army Special Forces Green Beret, he fostered friendships and relationships that enabled his later interest in refractive surgery to grow into one of the largest and most successful combat readiness programs within The Department of Defense. Dr. Hubickey has been invited to speak on his specialty to include national ophthalmology meetings and societies. He has had two articles published in the prestigious Journal of Ophthalmology on Refractive Surgery.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Hubickey graduated as a pharmacist from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and continues his medical and surgical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continued a comprehensive internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and under took his ophthalmology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston Texas. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1994 and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, AMA and Madison County Medical Society. He is on the medical staff at Huntsville Hospital, Crestwood Medical Center, Huntsville Surgery Center and Madison Surgery Center.

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Types of Procedures

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye. using an excimer laser. A mechanical microkeratome (a blade device) is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end or this flap, and then the flap is folded back to reveal the soon to be treated area. Pulses from the excimer laser vaporize a portion of the exposed area and then the flap is put back into place.

What is LASEK?

LASEK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. In LASEK a mechanical device is not used to create a flap, rather a dilute alcohol solution is applied directly to the eye’s surface. The ultra thin, outer layer of the eye (epithelium) is then removed so that pulses from the excimer laser can vaporize a portion of the exposed area. After this is done, the thin layer of epithelium is pulled back into place.

What is PRK?

PRK is similar to LASEK except for once the thin layer or epithelium is removed, it is discarded. The same excimer laser is used to vaporize the desired tissue. The thin layer of epithelium will eventually grow back.

Epi-Lasik/Lasek Videos

Preparing for Advanced Surface Treatment

by Patient Education Concepts

Actual Procedure

by Dr. Walter J. Hubickey

LASIK Financing

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