If you wear glasses or contacts but want to enjoy clear, uncorrected vision, LASIK is an effective, simple procedure with life-changing results. At Neovision Optometry in San Diego, experienced optometrist Jean Yu, OD, performs evaluations to determine if LASIK is right for you and provides postsurgical care. Schedule an evaluation online or over the phone.
LASIK, an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is laser eye surgery that corrects refractive errors, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. LASIK is an alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses. After LASIK, most people can see clearly enough that they no longer need corrective lenses.
Refractive problems usually result from corneas that are too steep and become flatter. When you undergo LASIK, the laser reshapes your corneas, so they’re more even. After LASIK, your corneas refract light properly and produce clearer vision.
LASIK is designed to permanently correct your vision. It’s usually successful, in that most patients can see clearly without glasses or contacts for the rest of their lives.
In rare cases, your vision may still be blurry after LASIK (but less blurry than before). Or, refractive errors may return over time, though they’re usually not as serious as they were before the procedure. For example, you may find that you need to wear glasses only in certain situations, such as while driving, even though you wore glasses all the time before the procedure.
On the off chance you experience some refractive problems after LASIK, you can choose to get a LASIK enhancement procedure to correct any issues you have.
In addition to being effective, LASIK is very safe and carries minimal risk of long-term complications.
If you’re interested in LASIK, Dr. Yu evaluates your eye health and overall health to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate for the procedure. She also goes over your goals for the surgery and reasons for choosing LASIK.
After Dr. Yu determines that you’re a good candidate for LASIK, she refers you to an ophthalmologist, who performs the procedure.
LASIK is a simple procedure and takes five minutes to perform on each eye. Usually, your doctor operates on both eyes in one session. Before the procedure, you receive numbing eyedrops and a sedative pill, so you remain awake, but you’re relaxed and don’t feel pain.
Following LASIK, Dr. Yu helps you take care of your eyes, adjust to your new, clearer vision, and prevent complications, such as dry eye.
To schedule a LASIK evaluation, call Neovision Optometry or use the online booking tool.