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.
The LASIK Experience
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
How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK?
You can benefit from LASIK surgery if you are not pregnant, breastfeeding, or on any steroid drugs. All these cause temporary fluctuations in vision and will disappear over time. Wait until your vision stabilizes before you consider LASIK surgery.
You can consider LASIK surgery if you are over 21 years of age.
You can benefit from LASIK surgery if you are otherwise healthy. Certain medical conditions that are unrelated to your eyes can increase the complications and risks associated with LASIK surgery.
Health issues can also make it difficult to predict the outcome of the surgery. Some of these conditions include:
- Any condition that affects your immune system and impairs the body’s ability to heal.
- Taking immunosuppressive medication
- Chronic pain conditions like IBS, migraine, and fibromyalgia
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.
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.
Through the PRK laser surgery, you can correct such refraction problems and regain your vision. Conditions PRK can treat include: Myopia (Nearsightedness), Hyperopia (Farsightedness), Astigmatism
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 of your eyes 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.
PRK PhotoRefractive Keratectomy
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.
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.