The LASIK Experience
Are you tired of wearing glasses? Do contact lenses bother you? You might be able to get rid of both, thanks to LASIK surgery. LASIK is a refractive eye surgery that can correct any refractive error in your lens.
Why are people choosing LASIK?
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser treatment for eyes. It is also one of the safest and most effective ways to correct vision. We offer a treatment plan customized to your unique eyes, providing what is arguably the best LASIK surgery Los Angeles has to offer.
LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) can help you achieve 20/20 vision and in some cases better than that. The eyesight that you gain from LASIK surgery works perfectly for most activities, so, you won’t have to wear your glasses anymore. However, you might eventually need glasses for driving at night or for reading, as you get older.
AN OVERVIEW OF LASIK
What eye conditions does LASIK treat?
Laser treatment for eyes can correct the following conditions:
Also known as myopia, is a common condition of the eye where objects in the distance appear blurry without glasses or contact lenses. People who are nearsighted see close objects clearly.
Also known as hyperopia, is a common condition of the eye where objects in the distance appear clear, but near objects are blurred.
Astigmatism occurs when the eye’s shape is not perfectly round, like a basketball. Instead, when shaped like a football the light rays entering the eye get bent in many different directions. This may produce a blurred image at both long and near distance.
Are there types of LASIK surgery?
There are several types of LASIK procedures and the type of surgery that will be performed will depend on the eye condition. Specialists in the field have made incredible advancements in vision correction surgery, also known as refractive and laser eye surgery. There are several types of vision correction surgeries, which your doctor will discuss with you. Most procedures reshape the cornea, correcting the way light passes through. Other surgeries involving replacing the eye lens.
LASIK is one of the most popular laser vision correction surgeries performed today to treat a variety of eye conditions. Here at Advanced Vision Care, our LASIK surgery in Los Angeles can reduce and/or eliminate the need to wear prescription glasses.
We conduct the following LASIK procedures to help you see better:
- Wavefront Optimized LASIK – Used to preserve the natural aspheric shape of the front of the eye. Reduces spherical aberrations that can occur very commonly with other types of laser-related refractive surgeries.
- Wavefront-Guided LASIK – This is a fully-personalized Laser treatment that takes into account individual vision needs and eye anatomy. It is also used to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
- Topography-guided LASIK – Topography-guided LASIK surgery makes use of advanced, state-of-art mapping technologies to create a unique, customized treatment for your eyes.
- All-Laser LASIK – All-Laser LASIK makes use of a femtosecond laser to create a corneal flap. This completely eliminates the requirement of a bladed surgical instrument to touch the eye, making it a much safer treatment than other types of surgeries that require the use of a blade.
LASIK surgery offers you:
- Greater and more improved visibility
- Higher success rate
- Very few complications if any arise
- Quick recovery
Is LASIK right for me?
Only a qualified ophthalmologist can determine if you are the right candidate for LASIK surgery. To determine if you are a candidate for LASIK, or another laser vision correction treatment for your eyes, we provide a comprehensive evaluation performed by our experienced team of Ophthalmologists. We consider each patient’s unique needs when making our recommendations.
Advanced Vision Care is a private practice in Los Angeles, California. Give us a call and we will arrange a consultation with our specialists for LASIK surgery.
LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs
LASIK is a specialized type of laser eye procedure that is used to reshape the cornea. This procedure dramatically improves the quality of vision.
Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a common condition of the eye where objects in the distance appear blurry without glasses or contact lenses. People who are nearsighted see objects up close clearly.
Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, is a common condition of the eye where objects in the distance appear clear, but near objects are blurred.
Astigmatism occurs when the eye’s shape is not perfectly round, like a basketball. Instead, when shaped like a football the light rays entering the eye get bent in many different directions. This may produce a blurred image at both distance and near.
Currently, LASIK is only designed to treat cornea-related vision problems in a patient (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism). Patients with presbyopia will need to seek an alternative treatment.
No, it can’t. LASIK can treat only corneal conditions. Other vision conditions require different treatments and our team at Advanced Vision Care can help you select the procedure that is right for you.
Although each patient is unique, LASIK has achieved remarkable results. Based on your unique vision condition and how you heal from LASIK, you are very likely to achieve near-perfect vision.
LASIK is a very safe procedure that has offered excellent outcomes to thousands of patients around the world. At Advanced Vision Care, we are one of the premier LASIK specialists in Los Angeles. We evaluate your vision needs and create a customized LASIK surgical plan to offer you the best results.
Innovations in technology are allowing more people to qualify for laser vision correction than ever before. Generally speaking, anyone who sees well with glasses or contacts and has not had a significant increase in their prescription in the last twelve months is probably a good candidate. People with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates. The specialists at Advanced Vision Care will help you evaluate your options with an extremely thorough eye exam. This is our opportunity to learn more about you, your expectations, and your lifestyle. All of these factors play an important role in choosing the laser vision correction technique that’s right for you.
You can’t get LASIK if you are:
- Under the age of 18
- Pregnant at the time of surgery
- Suffering from a medical condition that may be aggravated by LASIK
- Not meeting the corneal/prescription requirements needed
The actual laser exposure time in LASIK is 10-15 minutes. But the overall time for prepping, surgery, and post-surgical care can take up to 2 hours. This is an in-office treatment.
Yes, it can. We carefully evaluate the health and vision needs of each eye before deciding whether you need single or full LASIK surgery.
Yes, you can get both eye operations on the same day. However, we recommend that you get one eye operation one day and the other operation on a different day, as it is safer and easier to manage post-treatment.
Some patients take about 12-24 hours to regain clear vision in the operated eye. However, it can take 2-5 days for your eye to heal.
LASIK healing is faster than PRK. The reason for this is that during the PRK healing process, the surface cells of the eye have to regenerate. This process may take upwards of 1-2 weeks before there is a significant improvement in vision. With LASIK, visual improvement is seen within 24-48 hours.
- Have someone to help you with your day-to-day tasks for a week or two.
- Keep your eyes closed for the first 6 hours. Follow your doctor’s advice about opening your eyes.
- Avoid straining your eyes in the first 24-28 hours. This means no watching TV, using your phone/computer, or reading.
- Wear dark glasses to protect your eye from the sun’s UV rays. You should wear these glasses to bed to prevent you from touching your eyes while you sleep.
- Avoid exposing yourself to bright light or shiny surfaces as the glare can be painful to your sensitive eyes.
- Don’t scratch or rub your eyes if you feel itchiness. Use the eye drops we provide to reduce dryness, itching, and burning.
- Stop using soap to wash your face for a week or two. Be gentle not to splash water on your eyes.
- Attend follow-up appointments and use glasses/lenses as advised until your eyes fully heal.
You will need to take 1-2 weeks off work to allow your eyes to heal. Even after returning to work, avoid looking into computer screens for hours at a stretch. Give your eyes a break.
LASIK does have a few risks, such as:
- Eye dryness
- Double/blurred vision
- Under or over correction of vision
- Flap problems
- Loss/regression of vision (very rare)
Our team at Advanced Vision Care has professional experience in doing LASIK surgery. We employ best-in-class surgical practices to ensure your surgery is risk-free.
No, it isn’t. We provide localized numbing to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort during the surgery.
This depends on your vision condition. Most people don’t need LASIK again after they’ve undergone surgery. Our doctors will evaluate your eye health to offer you the best treatment plan possible.
LASIK is considered an elective procedure, and most insurance providers don’t cover it. It’s best to speak to your provider before scheduling the treatment.
What is PRK?
PRK, or PhotoRefractive Keratectomy, is a laser surgery that is used to treat refractive problems in the eye.
Refraction is the way in which your cornea bends the rays of light that enter your eye. It can affect the way images develop in your eye, in turn affecting the way you see things. Corneal damage, thin corneas, and dry eyes can impact the functioning of your cornea, leading to improper refraction.
Your eyes are the mirrors to the world. But it can get extremely challenging looking through a blurry mirror. Age, genetic conditions and eye injuries can affect your vision. But the days of putting up with slowly failing vision are gone. Now, you can undergo the PRK, PhotoRefractive Keratectomy surgery and regain your perfect vision.
Through the PRK laser surgery, you can correct such refraction problems and regain your vision. Conditions PRK can treat include: Myopia (Nearsightedness), Hyperopia (Farsightedness), Astigmatismjkibh80
LASIK AND PRK: THE DIFFERENCE
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
While both are very useful laser treatments for eyes there are a few differences.
Compared to PRK, LASIK healing time and visual improvement are faster. However, LASIK may not be right for everyone. In the bladeless LASIK procedure, a femtosecond laser is used to create a flap, and an excimer with a customized anti-glare pattern then completes the procedure. In PRK, a flap is not required.
Due to the quick recovery time, it is common to treat both eyes with LASIK on the same day. Most LASIK surgery Los Angeles patients return to work and normal activities shortly after the procedure.
PRK vs Lasik
LASIK surgery is another favored surgery that is used to treat refractive eye conditions. But comparatively, PRK offers advantages over LASIK for some patients.
In the LASIK surgery, a portion of the cornea is partially-cut using a laser and the flap is opened to perform the corrective surgery. Once the procedure is complete, the corneal flap is closed. In order to do this, the patient’s cornea must be sufficiently thick to support the creation of the flap. This is why LASIK is not recommended to people who have thin corneas.
However, with the PRK, this flap isn’t created. Instead, the epithelial tissue covering the cornea is removed and then the corrective surgery is performed. This epithelium grows back naturally post-surgery, ensuring the safety of your eye. So, even patients with very thin corneas and those with high corrective prescriptions can undergo PRK PhotoRefractive Keratectomy without problem.
Who should get PRK?
Patients above the age of 21 and with moderate to severe refractive conditions can undergo PRK laser surgery. But people who are advised against it are those with conditions like:
- Skin condition
- Corneal disease
Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised to seek a doctor’s advice before scheduling the treatment.
PRK PhotoRefractive Keratectomy procedure
Before the surgery, your eye health will be tested. Your pupil size, the refractive error, and corneal measurements will be taken. Next, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and your eyes will be kept open using an eyelid holder.
The epithelium layer will be gently removed. An excimer laser is used to reshape your cornea and correct refractive irregularities. A lens-like bandage is put on your cornea to facilitate healing.
Recovering from the PRK surgery
Post-surgery, you will have light sensitivity. It is advised to not expose your eyes to the sun for 3-4 days. Your eye will feel blurry or cloudy for 2-3 days after surgery. But these symptoms will subside as your cornea heals. You may experience minor eye pain. We can prescribe medication for that.
You will be asked to visit our clinic after a week to remove the bandage. You will be asked to wear sunglasses for the next few weeks. Eye make-up should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks.
get better vision today
The results from a LASIK/PRK surgery can be nothing short of miraculous. Many patients greatly reduce, or even eliminate completely, the need for corrective vision aids. Contact us today to find out if our PRK/LASIK surgery in Los Angeles is the right treatment option for you.