LASIK Specialist

Optom-Eyes Vision Care

Optometrists located in San Diego, CA & El Centro, CA

LASIK surgery has been the method of choice to treat issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism since the late 1990s. It has demonstrated remarkable results and continues to evolve over time. At Optom-Eyes Vision Care in El Centro and San Diego, California, the team of expert optometrists provides high-quality LASIK services to help men and women restore their vision or minimize their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Call or go online today to learn more about what LASIK surgery can do for you.

LASIK Q & A

What is LASIK?

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis surgery, otherwise known as LASIK, is a procedure that aims to improve eyesight through the permanent shape alteration of your cornea. It emerged in the 1980s, though did not become popularly used until the late 1990s. Researchers found a new kind of laser that could alter eye tissues without causing damage to adjacent tissue. These lasers are used today since they are non-damaging and perfect for ocular surgery.

What is the LASIK procedure like?

If you’re cleared for LASIK, your optometrist will give you calming medication and seat you in a special and comfortable reclining chair. Once seated, your doctor gives you numbing eye drops and uses a speculum to keep your eyelids open during the procedure.

A special device is then placed in proximity of your cornea to reduce eye movement and bring pressure levels to those needed for the procedure. Your optometrist uses a laser to create a thin flap in the cornea, which gives them access to a deeper portion of the cornea.

The newly exposed layer of the cornea is then blasted with pulses of ultraviolet light to remove portions of cells and to reshape the cornea to correct any abnormalities. These are typically linked to:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Astigmatism

You should not wear contact lenses for several weeks leading up to the procedure, as they reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to the cornea.

When should you not get LASIK?

Before recommending LASIK surgery, your optometrist at Optom-Eyes Vision Care conducts a comprehensive evaluation of both your eyes and general health. While the procedure is used widely, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK.

You should speak with an optometrist at Optom-Eyes Vision Care if you:

  • Have irregular or thin corneas
  • Have large pupils
  • Have unstable vision
  • Suffer from dry eyes
  • Are pregnant
  • Suffer from degenerative autoimmune disorders
  • Have a high refractive error

What are the risks of LASIK surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, there are risks to LASIK surgery. These include:

  • A decrease in tear production
  • Glare, halos, or double vision
  • Undercorrections, if too little tissue is removed from the eye
  • Overcorrections, if too many tissues are removed from the eye
  • Astigmatism caused by uneven tissue removal

If there are any surgical complications, the most severe risk is total vision loss. Fewer than 1% of patients experience a severe complication.  

To learn more about LASIK and if it’s right for you, call or go online to book an appointment with an optometrist at Optom-Eyes Vision Care.