LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK is one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the world. LASIK has both an extremely high success and satisfaction rate. LASIK can successfully treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

The LASIK Procedure

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LASIK is a two-step procedure that corrects your vision by reshaping your eye’s cornea. The cornea is what allows us to see clearly by focusing light onto the retina.

First, your surgeon will use a femtosecond laser to create a thin flap out of your corneal tissue. This flap is then carefully lifted back so the concealed corneal tissue can be reshaped using a cool excimer laser.

Once the cornea is reshaped and your vision corrected, your surgeon replaces the flap where it will heal naturally. No stitches are needed to hold the flap in place, your cornea will self-heal.

The entire procedure only takes about three minutes per eye. Your surgeon will typically perform LASIK on both eyes on the same day.

LASIK Recovery and Results

LASIK is an extremely popular vision correction procedure because of its quick recovery time and fantastic results.

While you may have somewhat improved distance vision right after your surgery, your vision will be blurry like you’re looking through vaseline. In addition, the eyes tend to be irritated for the first 4-6 hours. You will be asked to keep your eyes closed for the first four hours after surgery to let the flap settle into place.

Your first follow-up will occur the next day, and the second a week or two later. You will be prescribed eyedrops for the first four days after surgery.

While we cannot guarantee 20/20 vision, statistically most patients gain 20/20 vision.

LASIK Safety

As with all surgeries, there are possible risks and side effects. However, the risks with LASIK are low and typically very treatable. In fact, LASIK can be much safer than contact lenses. You take twice the risk of damaging your vision with a contact lens compared to LASIK.

Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

Your surgeon will work closely with you to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK. To determine LASIK candidacy, you will undergo a comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, we will assess the unique characteristics of your eyes like the shape and thickness of your cornea, refractive errors, the prevalence of dry eye, overall eye health, and more.

Not everyone can safely receive LASIK. However, if your doctor determines you are not a suitable candidate for LASIK, there are a number of other vision correction surgery options like SMILE, implantable collamer lenses, or PRK that your doctor can discuss with you.

Types of LASIK Offered at ADV Vision

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Custom Wavefront LASIK

Similar to a fingerprint, no two eyes are the same and everyone’s vision is unique. Custom wavefront LASIK uses advanced diagnostic technology to provide a custom, highly detailed analysis of your vision so that your surgeon can precisely customize your laser vision correction treatment to your individual anatomy and needs.

All Laser LASIK with Z-LASIK Z

Z-LASIK Z is the most advanced innovation in bladeless surgery. The FEMTO LDV Z8 uses ultra-short pulses of invisible light to gently separate the layers of the cornea.  This advanced LASIK technology helps to minimize post-surgical inflammation and discomfort.  It is designed to create truly customized flaps, precisely, safely and painlessly.

Monovision LASIK

Monovision LASIK is a form of LASIK specialized for presbyopia. Presbyopia is the naturally occurring loss of close up vision which affects almost everyone as they age. Monovision LASIK can help patients with presbyopia reduce their need for reading glasses.

CATz Topography-Assisted LASIK

Topography guided laser vision correction uses advanced technology to provide safer and more precise vision correction outcomes. CATz Topography-Assisted LASIK improves upon traditional diagnostic technology by precisely measuring your cornea so that the laser used during LASIK can be ultra precise in correcting your vision.

CATz Topography-Assisted LASIK maps the patient’s cornea by measuring nearly 7,000 points of light, versus the approximately 200 points of light measured with traditional wavefront technology. This more precise measurement creates a topographic map of the cornea that shows even the most subtle distortions.

As a result, nearly half of the LASIK patients treated as part of the CATz FDA clinical study achieved “supervision” (better than 20/20 vision), with reduced risk of post-LASIK complications such as glare and halos. CATz may also be used to correct such complications following LASIK performed with less advanced technology.

Dr. Dougherty was the first LASIK surgeon to perform this new technique in Southern California and has helped to pioneer this new generation of laser technology.

LASIK at ADV Vision

Dr. Paul Dougherty and Dr. Adam Abroms have an over 40 years of combined experienced in LASIK and other laser eye surgeries.  Both have been at the forefront of the industry since LASIK’s FDA approval. Our team of experienced surgeons are happy to guide patients through their options for better vision and to provide the highest level of patient care. If you would like to learn more about LASIK at ADV Vision, call or schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Santa Maria, Paso Robles, or San Luis Obispo today.

LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs

When can I go back to work and resume normal activity?

Patients can typically return to work and resume normal activity the day after surgery. Exposing eyes to water from swimming pools, hot tubs, the ocean or intense perspiration should be avoided for 7 days following surgery. Dusty environments and eye makeup should be avoided for the first 48 hours following surgery.

Is LASIK safe?

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recognizes LASIK as a safe and effective treatment. The procedure is performed with a cool, highly accurate beam of laser light. There are many important safeguards in place to reduce the risk of surgical errors. As with any surgical procedure, risks and adverse side effects are possible.

Does the procedure hurt?

Most patients feel little or no pain during LASIK. You will remain awake and alert during the procedure. Typically, anesthetic eye drops are all that is required to avoid discomfort. Some patients report a mild burning sensation, which usually goes away by the next morning.

What sort of results can I expect?

The goal for surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Following LASIK, many patients achieve 20/20 vision. Nearly all are able to pass a driving testing without glasses.

How does LASIK work?

LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that employs a cool beam of laser light to reshape the cornea. Microscopic fragments of cornea tissue are removed to flatten, steepen or smooth the cornea, depending on the disorder being corrected. In recent years, LASIK has become one of the most popular elective surgical procedures in the U.S.

Will Insurance Cover My Procedure

Typically no. Insurance coverage depends on many factors, including which vision correction procedure you require. We recommend you bring your insurance card to our office so we can check for any coverage (extremely rare) or a negotiated fee with your vision insurance (more common). In rare circumstances, we are pleasantly surprised. We may also be able to work with your human resources or benefits department to arrange flex pay plans (paying for surgery with pre-tax dollars) or corporate contracts.

Affordability

At ADV Vision, we believe everyone deserves great care. Find out more about your options on our financing page.

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