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LASIK

Laser Eye Surgery in LA, Orange County, and the Inland Empire

Illustration of Los Angeles LASIK treatment for nearsightedness
To treat nearsightedness, the cornea is made flatter.

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 Keromileusis, LASIK is a surgical procedure using laser energy to reshape the cornea for better eyesight. The Laser Eye Center in Los Angeles and Orange County has been successfully treating patients with LASIK for many years, and it is one of our most popular treatment options. With LASIK laser vision correction, you may never have to wear glasses or contacts again!

WHY CHOOSE LASER EYE CENTER

Laser Eye Center is Southern California’s top laser vision correction provider. Each day, our extensively trained surgeons perform dozens of procedures with successful results. Because we have performed so many LASIK procedures, we have seen just about anything, and we are well-equipped to perform LASIK on all qualifying eye-types. In contrast to some other LASIK providers, the majority of our patients do not need additional surgical treatment in the future to enhance their LASIK results.

Illustration of Orange County LASIK treatment for farsightedness
To treat farsightedness, the cornea is made steeper.

LASIK Candidates:

  • 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 prescripition 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 LASIK surgeons will evaluate your needs and discuss your options at your initial consultation.

The LASIK Procedure:

Los Angeles LASIK Eye Surgery patient
After the area around your eyes is cleaned, you will receive numbing eye drops.

After you have been evaluated for 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 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 LASIK treatment is virtually painless, and the laser procedure itself typically takes under a few minutes to complete.

Orange County LASIK Eye Surgery patient
After your procedure, you will return the next day for a follow up appointment.

LASIK Recovery:

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 LASIK 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 LASIK laser eye surgery to improve their vision, and get rid of corrective eyewear for good.

LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
The hinged-flap is folded back to reveal the corneal stroma.
LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
After treatment, the hinged-flap is put back in place.
Orange County LASIK Eye Recovery
Following surgery, your eye will be examined with a slit-lamp microscope.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR LASIK

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 your 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 your surgeon that will help put your mind at ease about LASIK.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LASIK SURGEON:

GET TO KNOW YOUR LASIK SURGEON

  • What is your professional training?
  • Are you fellowship trained in laser vision correction surgery?
  • How many years of experience do you have?
  • How many LASIK procedures have you performed?
  • Have you performed LASIK on family members or other doctors?
  • Do you perform any other types of vision treatment?
  • Can you demonstrate a proven track record of success?
  • How many of your patients achieve vision results of 20/20 or better?
  • How do you handle complications?
  • Do you have testimonials from previous patients I can read?

FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE PROCEDURE

  • Am I a candidate for LASIK?
  • If I’m not eligible for LASIK, do you offer other laser vision correction surgeries?
  • How should I prepare for the procedure?
  • Do you use the latest LASIK technology?
  • Do you perform “bladeless” (all laser) LASIK surgery?
  • What kind of laser will you be using to perform my procedure?
  • Do you use WaveFront technology?
  • How long does the procedure take?
  • Is LASIK painful?
  • What results can I reasonably expect?
  • Is LASIK permanent?
  • Will I need laser vision correction again?
  • What are possible side effects and complications associated with LASIK?
  • What financing options do you offer?

LEARN WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE RECOVERY

  • Will I be able to drive myself home after surgery?
  • Will I be given pain medication for discomfort?
  • How long is the recovery?
  • Should I take time off from work? If so, how much?
  • When can I exercise?
  • When will I see my final vision results?
  • What type of long-term follow-up care do you offer?
  • How can I maintain my clearer vision after LASIK?

The trusted eye doctors at Laser Eye Center have years of experience performing LASIK and other laser vision correction surgeries. To find out if you’re a candidate, schedule a FREE consultation with us. Please call 800-80-LASER (52737) today.