Your Southern California LASIK experts!
Are you frustrated with glasses and contacts? Have you heard about the advancements in laser vision correction? The LASIK surgeons at Inland Eye Specialists welcome you to tour our LASIK facility to determine if LASIK is right for you. Our LASIK counselors will help you determine the cost of LASIK, they will provide a complete patient education session as well as help coordinate the LASIK pre-operative screening that will ultimately determine your candidacy. LASIK has been a great procedure for so many of our patients and we would love to tell you about their stories. Call us or contact us through the website today!
What is LASIK?
LASIK surgery is the most popular refractive surgery performed in the United States today. LASIK, or"laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis", is performed as treatment for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
During the LASIK procedure, one of our surgeons at Inland Eye Specialists will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin, circular flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap is then moved back to expose the inner layers of the cornea. The cornea is then reshaped using an excimer laser, which removes small amounts of corneal tissue. The corneal"flap" is then replaced and acts as a self-healing bandage, requiring no stitches.
What Vision Problems Does LASIK correct?
LASIK candidacy depends on certain characteristics of your eyes.
LASIK eye surgery can correct the 3 main types of prescriptions which are nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. The two main methods of laser vision correction that correct these vision disorders are PRK and LASIK eye surgery. PRK and LASIK are very similar procedures.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is also known as refractive error. If you are suffering from nearsightedness you are going to have trouble seeing far away or at distances. LASIK or laser vision correction is a great procedure for this vision disorder and the success rate is very high for nearsighted patients. When a person is nearsighted, light is not properly reflected off of the retina, causing blurry vision.
If you are suffering from farsightedness you will have trouble seeing object up close clearly but may have very good distance vision. This is pretty much the opposite of nearsightedness. Farsightedness occurs when the eye is shorter than normal. This shape causes images to be focused behind the retina, rather than on it. It is a common condition that most often is inherited.
If you are suffering from astigmatism you will have blurry or wavy vision and discomfort with reading. Sometimes patients will experience a shadow or double vision next to an object. An irregular shaped cornea, caused by astigmatism prevents light from focusing properly on the retina. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance both near and far. LASIK eye surgery is a very viable option to correct astigmatism.
LASIK eye surgery for these vision disorders focuses on reshaping the cornea to change the way that light reflects in the eye.
Over the years, LASIK surgery has been made much safer and more effective. Many people who were told years ago that they were not candidates for LASIK are able to get LASIK today. As technology advances, the amount of people able to safely receive LASIK has increased. This is due to the development of"all-laser" LASIK surgery. All-laser LASIK surgery, as the name suggests, uses a femtosecond laser instead of the traditional microkeratome blade. All-laser LASIK surgery has become much more popular than traditional LASIK surgery.
The Intralase laser was the first femtosecond laser to be approved for LASIK in the United States in 2001. Since then, Intralase has continued to advance and is one of the most popular femtosecond lasers available today.
The CustomVue excimer laser, which is used to reshape the cornea, is also among the most popular pieces of LASIK technology on the market. The CustomVue procedure offers the highest levels of precision and accuracy. The CustomVue excimer laser includes Wavefront technology, which creates a 3-D map of the eye. The Wavefront information enables your surgeon to correct your vision with extreme accuracy.
Intralase has now been integrated with the CustomVue excimer laser, becoming known as iLASIK. The iLASIK suite delivers outstanding results to our patients with its combination of Intralase and CustomVue technology.
Determining your candidacy for LASIK surgery is the first step in your LASIK experience. Whether you are a candidate for LASIK surgery cannot be decided until you have a LASIK consultation with one of our surgeons at Inland Eye Specialists.
Generally, you must fall into these categories to be a good candidate for LASIK:
- You must be over the age of 18.
- You must have myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.
- You must have a stable prescription for a year.
- You must be in good overall health, as well as good eye health.
- You cannot have health issues such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
- You must not be pregnant.
If you do not meet all of these requirements, it still may be worth a visit for a LASIK consultation. Advancements in technology has made it so more and more people are able to undergo LASIK surgery.
Call Inland Eye Specialists today to schedule your LASIK consultation!
Many patients are worried about the price tag that comes along with LASIK surgery. Most insurance companies do not cover LASIK surgery, but if you are interested in having LASIK you do have options. At Inland Eye Specialists, we offer financing through CareCredit. CareCredit allows many of our patients to break up the costs of LASIK into easier to manage payments.
How to Choose a LASIK Surgeon
Choosing from hundreds of LASIK surgeons can be a difficult task. It is important to research the options in your area. It is a good idea to keep a list of questions with you to take to your LASIK consultation.
Here are some good questions to ask your potential LASIK surgeon:
- How many LASIK procedures have you done?
- What are your outcome statistics? And how do they compare to national averages?
- Do you perform LASIK at your center or do you need to travel elsewhere?
- Do you charge extra if enhancement is required?
- If a complication does occur, what is your policy regarding follow-up?
Ask your primary eye care doctor to refer you to a good LASIK surgeon, or research online LASIK surgeons in your area. Be sure to check your LASIK surgeon's credentials, such as board certification, and ask these questions before undergoing LASIK.
Does LASIK hurt?
You will not feel any pain during LASIK surgery. You will be given numbing eye drops before the procedure, and some medication to help you relax. Afterward, you may be prescribed pain medication for a short time if necessary. After the procedure, you will feel symptoms similar to that of dry eye syndrome.
How long does LASIK take?
LASIK surgery is a very short procedure, lasting about 15 minutes per eye depending on your level of treatment.
Are LASIK and PRK safe?
The FDA recognizes LASIK to be safe and effective. LASIK uses a cool, non-thermal beam of light that is computer controlled and very accurate. Many safeguards have been put in place to prevent complications. Studies suggest that incidents are less than 1 percent.
Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
Most surgeons perform LASIK on both eyes during one procedure.
When may I resume driving?
You can resume driving as soon as your vision improves, excluding the day that you received your LASIK surgery. Be sure to bring someone who can drive you home from your procedure.
Can I go back to work right away?
Most LASIK patients are comfortable enough to go back to work the very next day, while some prefer to take a day off to rest.
When may I go back to wearing makeup?
You can start wearing makeup a week after your surgery. However, we recommend throwing out all old eye makeup and replacing it to decrease your risk of infection.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience dry eye syndrome symptoms after LASIK. You will be given eye drops to manage these symptoms until they go away. Some may experience halos around lights, especially at night. This usually disappears over time.
How long is the LASIK Recovery Time?
Your eyes begin to heal immediately after your LASIK surgery. The initial healing occurs quickly, as the cornea is able to rapidly repair itself. For full recovery, it can take anywhere from several weeks to months after LASIK.