Modern LASIK In Los Angeles, Orange County & Inland Empire
Modern LASIK is designed to correct multiple levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and reduce your reliance on corrective eyewear. Medically referred to as Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, Modern LASIK (which includes All Laser LASIK) is a surgical procedure using laser energy to reshape the cornea for better eyesight. Our team at Laser Eye Center™ in Los Angeles and Orange County has been successfully treating patients with Modern LASIK for many years, and it is one of our most popular treatment options. With Modern LASIK laser vision correction, you may never have to wear glasses or contacts again!
Modern LASIK In Southern California
What is Modern LASIK?
The creation of the corneal flap using only the laser, no blades, is a tremendous technological leap in Modern All Laser LASIK surgery. Conventional LASIK surgery creates the corneal flap by first placing a suction ring onto the surface of the eye, encircling the cornea. Then, a hand-held blade slices the corneal tissue to create the flap.
Thanks to advances in refractive surgery technology, a laser can now be used in Modern LASIK to create the corneal flap instead of using any blades, improving surgical precision and safety. With the all-laser bladeless procedure, computer-controlled laser pulses are tailored to the optimal depth and position for your eye to gently separate the outer layer of the cornea from the layer being treated.
The bladeless method provides advanced accuracy and superior control over the flap creation process, resulting in lower complication rates compared to the older method.
At Laser Eye Center™, our surgeons perform the bladeless procedure exclusively using the IntraLase™ iFS Laser, offering you the most technologically-advanced Modern LASIK procedure available.
Conventional versus Modern Bladeless LASIK
Eligibility For LASIK Candidacy
- Candidates must be over 18.
- Candidates must have no diseases or health issues of the eyes, including cataracts or glaucoma.
- Candidates must have had a stable vision prescription for at least a year.
Patients who are not candidates for LASIK procedures may qualify for a number of effective alternative procedures, including phakic IOLs (intraocular lenses). One of our experienced Modern LASIK surgeons will evaluate your needs and discuss your options at your initial consultation.
The LASIK Procedure
After you have been evaluated for Modern LASIK and you are determined a candidate for the procedure, you will be treated at one of our facilities here in Southern California. Anesthetic drops will be placed onto the eyes, and one of our seasoned LASIK surgeons will create a protective flap using our state-of-the-art laser technology. With pinpoint accuracy, pulses of laser light will then reshape the inner layer of the cornea to improve your vision. The flap is then replaced. The entire Modern LASIK treatment is virtually painless, and the laser procedure itself typically takes under a few minutes to complete.
Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Process
Your vision may be a bit blurry immediately after the procedure, but this is perfectly normal. However, you should arrange for someone to take you home after your treatment. You can expect a small degree of discomfort for about a day following LASIK surgery, but this can be managed with medication. You may also experience some sensitivity to light, and some puffiness and wateriness for a few days after the procedure. A follow-up exam is usually scheduled the day after your treatment, and you should be able to resume your normal daily routine that day.
Most LASIK patients experience dramatic improvement in vision just one day after the procedure, with successful results even more apparent as the weeks and months go by. Recent studies have shown more than one million patients each year have All Laser or bladeless LASIK laser eye surgery to improve their vision, and get rid of corrective eye wear for good.
LASIK Procedure Preparation
Weeks Before Surgery
- If you wear contact lenses, you will need to stop wearing them and switch to glasses prior to surgery. This is because contact lenses can distort the shape of your cornea and affect surgical results.
- If you wear soft contacts, stop wearing them two weeks prior to surgery.
- If you wear rigid gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, stop wearing them three to four weeks prior to surgery.
The Day Before LASIK Surgery
- Carefully remove all makeup, mascara, eyeliner and lotions from the area around the eyes.
- Use artificial tears to flush any debris from your eyes.
- Arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from our office after the procedure.
Morning Of Surgery
- Do not apply makeup, face lotions or perfume or cologne.
- If you take medications, continue to do so on the day of surgery, unless you are directed otherwise by our Modern LASIK surgeon.
It is important to get to know your surgeon and familiarize have any questions answered before undergoing LASIK. That’s why we have come up with a list of questions to ask our surgeons that will help put your mind at ease about ‘all things’ LASIK.
Is Modern All-Laser LASIK safe?
Since being approved by the FDA in 1995, laser vision correction surgery is held as the safest medical procedure available today. By choosing our trusted LASIK center that has a strong track record and the latest technology, you know you are in good hands.
Is Modern Laser LASIK painful?
LASIK is a two-step procedure. Be sure to ask our eye care center about all-laser solutions. By choosing the latest groundbreaking technology, you gain on speed, safety, and accuracy — and the procedure is over in seconds! The best platform in the field is by far Johnson & Johnson’s IFS femtosecond laser in combination with Alcon’s Wavelight EX500.
Is Modern LASIK Affordable?
With LASIK becoming a household name, there are a wide variety of financing partners available, making clear vision available to all. It’s really that easy!
How Soon Can I Return To Work?
By capitalizing on state-of-the-art technologies, most patients are able to resume normal activity the day following the procedure! It’s really that quick!
Will I Achieve Independence From Glasses/Contact Lenses?
Absolutely – the very purpose of LASIK is to help you achieve independence from glasses and/or contact lenses!
That said, you may develop presbyopia (age-related visual deterioration) in your 40s and 50s the result of which is to require reading glasses. Due to aging, this is the due to completely different part of your eye anatomy, i.e. the effected region is the intraocular lens versus the cornea, the latter of which is what is treated in LASIK., This is similar to how we develop wrinkles as part of the natural aging process.
If you are over the age of 40 and plan to have LASIK to correct presbyopia, please consult with our team at Laser Eye Center™ about a solution for your needs.
Does LASIK Carry Risks?
LASIK is by far the safest medical procedure available in the market today. Complications are very rare with a rate estimated between 0.2 and 2 percent, according to the AAO.
We have partnered with the most advanced and trusted technology market in the field. However, just like any other surgical procedure, there are potential, albeit limited risks, such as the incidence of halos, starbursts, glare around lights and blurry vision. This is rare and in many of these cases, the side effects disappear as the eye heals. In rare cases, our team recommends additional touch-up or enhancement treatment.
Why Laser Eye Center™?
As SoCal’s original Laser Eye Center™, we have invested in the most sophisticated Modern LASIK technological platform powered by a 30-year track-record of experience and surgical expertise. That’s 200,000+ successful procedures & counting!