The LASIK Process & Procedure

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.

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