California LASIK Surgery at Orange Coast Eye Center
Are you considering LASIK eye surgery to correct your vision? If you’re experiencing nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, contact your Fountain Valley ophthalmologists for a consultation and we’ll determine if LASIK is a viable treatment option for you. LASIK Surgery is a popular solution to cure refractive errors. Nearly 700,000 Americans undergo this procedure each year! If you’re considering this option, you should visit the most experienced eye surgeons in the Fountain Valley, CA area, Dr. Manzi and Dr. Younger, who have performed countless LASIK procedures.
What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a surgical procedure meant to eliminate or drastically reduce a patient’s visual dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. This optical surgery procedure changes the shape of the cornea using an excimer laser. The cornea is a part of the eye that helps focus light to create an image on the retina. Usually the shape of the cornea and the eye are not perfect and the image on the retina is out-of-focus (blurred) or distorted. These imperfections in the focusing power of the eye are called refractive errors. There are three types of refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Myopia, or more commonly known as nearsightedness causes difficult in seeing distant objects clearly. Hyperopia or Farsightedness is the opposite of myopia, one has difficult clearly seeing near objects. Astigmatism is a distortion of the image on the retina cause by irregularities in the cornea or lens of the eye. Glasses and contact lenses are visual aids designed to compensate for these imperfections, but surgical procedures such as LASIK are intended to improve the focusing power of the eye and cornea through the precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue.
Am I eligible to receive LASIK?
Though you should consult with your Fountain Valley Eye Doctors regarding your specific circumstances, the FDA suggests the following circumstances for possible candidacy. You are most likely not a good candidate for refractive surgery such as LASIK if you required a change in your contact in the last year (refractive instability); if you have a disease or are on medication that may affect your healing; you actively participate in contact sports; or if you are under the age of eighteen. Currently, no lasers are approved for LASIK if you are not an adult.
Why should I get LASIK Surgery?
The advantages to LASIK procedures are endless. Whether you just want to improve the quality of your life or you’re looking to enjoy sports or other activities without the difficulties and expense of contacts or glasses, LASIK may be the ideal procedure for you. It’s changed the way millions of people greet each day for more than a decade. LASIK may improve your vision more accurately than glasses or contacts. And over time, you’ll save money because you won’t have to worry about replacing your lenses or contacts every few months as your prescription changes. Let your eye specialists in Fountain Valley decide if LASIK is the way to help you see the world without visual aids.