LASIK in San Jose

LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis. This vision correction procedure reshapes the cornea of the eye to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. After the eye has been numbed, the laser creates an incredibly thin incision that allows a flap of the outer layer of corneal tissue, the epithelial layer, to be pulled aside. The laser then vaporizes tiny bits of the underlying tissue to change the way the cornea refracts incoming light. Your eye doctor uses Wavefront Custom Vue technology to achieve the most precise correction possible. Unlike standardized corrective methods, Wavefront Custom Vue compensates for all the little aberrations and variations in your individual corneal contours by using wavefront techniques to map the corneal surface in precise detail. This allows for completely personalized correction of your refractive error.

LASIK Diagram

Even individuals with presbyopia can get the vision correction they need through LASIK surgery. This refractive error can prove challenging because of the need to correct for both near vision and distance vision. Your eye doctor can overcome that challenge by taking the monovision approach. Monovision corrects the near field in one eye while correcting the distance field in the other, with your brain learning how to interpret the information from both eyes for consistently clear vision.

Corneal Complications? We Offer Epi-LASIK 

Creating the flap necessary for LASIK surgery requires corneal tissue of normal thickness. Traditionally, patients with abnormally thin corneas (or other complicating factors) had to resort to scalpel-based surgeries such as PRK instead of taking advantage of modern laser surgery to correct their vision. Epi-LASIK is a new procedure that changes all that. This variation on LASIK surgery employs a specialized device called an epikeratome that can separate the epithelial tissues from the underlying corneal tissue without cutting into it. This clears the way for the laser to perform its usual reshaping of the cornea. Spectrum Eye Physicians is the only ophthalmology center in Northern California to offer this state-of-the-art technique.

People who want optimal vision without the hassle of contacts or glasses may benefit from LASIK eye surgery. The procedure is very common and has minimal side effects. Spectrum Eye Physicians, serving Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, and Santa Cruz, provides patients with the procedure in their office, and it’s much less entailed than you may think. 

We perform LASIK in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz using an excimer laser. During the procedure, we use the laser to correct the shape of your cornea in order to correct vision problems caused by light not reflecting on the retina correctly. This helps with vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

During a LASIK surgery procedure, our eye doctor will give you a local anesthetic to numb your eyes via an eye drop. Using a laser, our eye surgeon creates a flap on your cornea and then folds the area back. Based on your particular needs, our surgeon removes thin layers of your cornea to reshape it. After the correction, our surgeon will place the flap back in place. The entire process takes about thirty minutes, possibly less. We only perform surgery on one eye at a time. 

You may get LASIK in San Jose or any of our clinics if you have good overall eye health. For instance, you may not have retina problems or glaucoma. You may not undergo the procedure if you don’t have enough corneal tissue or have other problems with your cornea. We only perform the procedure on those who are over the age of 18.

Most patients achieve 20/40 vision or better. Although it’s not common, some patients still require corrective eyewear, but it’s not as strong of a prescription.  

Generally, patients don’t experience any side effects from the procedure. In the first few days though, you may notice your vision is a bit a blurry as your eyes are healing. Your vision may fluctuate at first. Some people see a glare or halos around objects, but this tends to go away over time. You might have difficulty driving at night. Dry eye is possible. In some instances, patients need a second surgery to fully correct their vision.

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