Last Updated on 10/4/2019
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Enjoy life San Diego with LASIK! Laser vision correction surgery can reduce or eliminate dependence on glasses and contacts so you can focus on what is important to you. At Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, our experienced LASIK surgeons are widely recognized as leaders in vision correction. We believe that patient education is important and we want to provide all the information you need to make the decision that is best for your vision, your eye health, and your lifestyle. Contact us if your question is not answered here or if you would like to schedule a consultation appointment.
LASIK, or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is the most popular form of vision correction surgery. The treatment uses laser technology to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to correct refractive errors. By precisely changing the shape of the cornea, LASIK improves the way that light refracts, or bends, in order to enhance the way in which light focuses to the rest of the eye. LASIK can improve myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, which are common refractive errors.1
The actual LASIK procedure is typically complete within minutes. First, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops. During surgery a thin flap is created in the upper layer of the cornea. The surgeon will then use a laser to precisely reshape the underlying corneal tissue according to your prescription and unique eye contours. The corneal flap will then be placed back in its original position. No sutures are required after replacing the corneal flap. The surface is kept dry for several minutes and is then flushed with antibiotic eye drops. A temporary eye shield or patch is applied to protect the eye while it heals.
Monovision LASIK or PRK are laser treatments that can correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. The brain can then blend these images together for the clearest results possible.
After LASIK surgery, you should expect to rest for the remainder of the day and follow any specific instructions from your LASIK surgeon.
What You Need to Know About LASIK Recovery2:
LASIK offers a vast array of benefits for patients who are candidates for the procedure, including:
LASIK is generally considered to be a safe and effective procedure when performed by an experienced refractive surgeon.4 However, any surgery carries some risk. Many common LASIK side effects, such as dry eyes or hazy vision are temporary and will diminish upon healing. Potential complications of LASIK include:5
The team at Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is committed to providing the best laser vision correction possible by combining expert skill and experience with the most advanced technology available. We exclusively offer All-Laser LASIK because it is less invasive and more precise than traditional LASIK techniques. We utilize the WaveLight® Refractive Suite, which is the most state-of-the-art technology available for laser vision correction. We optimize vision for patients with nearsightedness and astigmatism by using Contoura™ Vision – Topography-Guided Laser Vision Correction. We also utilize Wavefront Guided Custom LASIK, which corrects visual aberrations to provide the most accurate laser vision correction possible.
Learn more about the technology of LASIK at The Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute
We have helped thousands of people who have struggled with poor vision improve their quality of life through LASIK. The Gordon Schanzlin Institute offers a range of vision correction procedures. If you are not a candidate for LASIK, another treatment, such as PRK, may better suit your needs. You can compare the options and schedule a consultation with our experienced staff who will evaluate your needs and guide you to the best option for you.
If you have questions about how LASIK can help you improve your vision, or if you would like to schedule an eye evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact us today.
The Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is proud to offer special pricing to our friends in the U.S. Military. Active duty members of the military and their dependents can receive a 25% discount on LASIK laser vision correction procedures. Get details on this offer and read more about LASIK in the military.
How much does LASIK cost in San Diego?
The price of LASIK can vary greatly depending on your unique vision needs, as well as the technology used and the experience of your LASIK surgeon. At Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute we strive to make LASIK affordable. We offer financing options to help you fit LASIK into your budget.
Do I really have to stop wearing contacts before my LASIK surgery?
Yes, it is important that you discontinue wearing contact lenses for at least one week prior to your pre-surgery exam (your LASIK surgeon may require a longer period depending on your prescription and treatment plan). Contact lenses can temporarily change the shape of your cornea and your LASIK surgeon needs to get an accurate view of your cornea shape in order to optimize your LASIK results.
How soon after LASIK can I wear eye makeup?
We generally recommend waiting at least one week after surgery to wear eye makeup. You may also consider purchasing new products to reduce the risk of infection.
Does LASIK Wear Off?
No, LASIK is a permanent procedure in which your cornea is surgically reshaped. However, LASIK will not prevent future changes in your eye health and patients may still need reading glasses as they age. This type of age-related near vision loss is called presbyopia and it is a natural part of the aging process that occurs because of changes in the lens of the eye. Most people begin to notice presbyopia symptoms in their 40’s.
Interested in learning more about LASIK Surgery? Call us at (858) 295-1734, or if you prefer email, click here to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
1 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What is LASIK. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/lasik/what-lasik Accessed September 18, 2019.
2 American Refractive Surgery Council. Beyond Seeing Clearly: What to Expect with LASIK Recovery. https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/what-to-expect-with-lasik-recovery/ Accessed September 18, 2019.
3 Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Vol. 42, Issue 8, August 2016, Pages 1224-1234
4 Sandoval HP, Donnenfeld ED, Kohnen T, et al. Modern laser in situ keratomileusis outcomes. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016;42(8):1224–1234
5 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/lasik/what-are-risks-and-how-can-i-find-right-doctor-me Accessed September 18, 2019.