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What is LASIK?

LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) has been performed for over 25 years in the United States. LASIK is the most commonly performed refractive procedure to date. With the assistance of the excimer laser the surgeon will reshape the cornea (the clear front part of the eye). This reshaping allows light entering the eye to be properly focused on the retina (the light receptor of the eye). The success rate of this procedure is unparalleled, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better.There is usually no discomfort (or pain) associated with this procedure. Most patients experience visual recovery within 4 to 8 hours and maximum vision can be achieved in as soon as 24-48 hours.

The LASIK Procedure

Prior to the procedure you will be given some medication to help relax, if needed. During the procedure the LASIK surgeon will administer some anesthetic drops so that no pain will be felt during the surgery. A lid holder is then placed in the eye to hold the eye open and keep you from blinking. You will continue to have the blinking sensation, but your eyes will remain open, (there is no pain associated with this). The surgeon will then use a microkeratome (a highly precise and automated instrument) to create a thin doorway (or flap) in the outer layer of the cornea. The doorway is then folded back, and the excimer laser, programmed with your specific treatment, will then reshape the cornea using concentrated pulses of light, this process is usually less than a minute. The surgeon will then fold your doorway back into the proper place and the LASIK procedure is complete.

LASIK Recovery

Although improvement in vision can be seen immediately, you will need a driver on the day of surgery. We do ask you to go home and sleep as much as possible (medication is given to assist with this). The doctor will then see you the next day for a follow up visit and periodically over the next few months. Most patients will see a dramatic improvement in vision the next day, however you may want to take a day or two to rest before returning to work, this will ensure a smooth healing process.

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Huntington Beach
  • 18632 Beach Blvd., Suite 100
  • Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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