Are you one of the millions of Americans who dreams of the day when you can read the alarm clock without your eyeglasses? Can you imagine living your life without having to deal with the hassles of contact lenses? At La Jolla Laser Vision, we're turning those dreams into reality. Laser In-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is the revolutionary new procedure that restores the cornea's ability to properly refract light. Nearly a million Americans have already had their nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism banished to the halls of history through LASIK. The procedure is quick, safe, and easy. Best of all, LASIK can put your world back into perfect focus.

The Need for Refractive Surgery

When the eye is functioning correctly, the cornea refracts light rays onto an exact point on the retina to produce clear, focused vision. If the cornea is either too flat (as with farsightedness) or has too much curvature (as with nearsightedness), light is improperly focused. LASIK corrects for these refractive errors, returning the cornea to its proper, more spherical shape.

Open your Eyes to LASIK

Once you are deemed a good candidate for LASIK, one of our friendly staff members will schedule a procedure time. Thanks to anesthetic eye drops, the actual procedure is usually completely pain free. A device called a microkeratome creates an extremely thin flap on the cornea, which is then folded back. Patients are asked to watch the red light of the laser as it is pinpointed onto the cornea. The FDA-approved excimer laser is a cool light beam that reshapes the cornea without damaging surrounding tissue. The excimer laser takes less than a minute to restore the cornea to its more spherical shape. The corneal flap is then returned to its original position. This same process is repeated for the other eye.

The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes. Patients are then fitted with a protective shield to safeguard their eyes for the first 24 hours. It is normal for the eyes to feel slightly irritated or scratchy for a day or so. Most patients experience vast improvement in their vision within 24 hours. Although LASIK is rarely covered by insurance, we work with our patients to provide convenient and affordable financing. Please contact us at (858) 457-3010 to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure.