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LASIK

LASIK improves vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Vision improves within minutes, and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better after treatment.

The three steps of LASIK

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1. The corneal flap is created and lifted.
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2. An excimer laser reshapes the cornea.
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3. The flap is replaced.

The most commonly performed elective surgery in America, LASIK combines the advantages of two sophisticated technologies: the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefits of lamellar keratoplasty. It is safe, precise and highly successful. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people worldwide have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures. These include little or no post-operative discomfort, immediate vision improvement, and the ability to drive or return to work quickly—sometimes as soon as the next day. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over 45 often need reading glasses).

Call today to schedule your consultation and find out you are a candidate for LASIK. Soon you could be tossing away your glasses or contact lenses and enjoying the freedom of clear vision.

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Lasik after Cataract Surgery

Some patients who have undergone cataract surgery continue to experience refractive errors afterwards such as astigmatism, nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) or a combination of these. These errors are typically not due to a problem with the new implanted lens, but are instead caused by irregularities in the cornea. This is especially common with those patients who had cataract surgery many years ago. Our doctors are pleased to offer post-cataract surgery patients the option of LASIK or other refractive procedures so that they may no longer be so dependant on distance glasses. LASIK reshapes the cornea with a laser so the eye focuses light more sharply, and this will not affect the intraocular lens that was implanted at the time of the patient's previous cataract surgery. Glasses for reading may still be necessary, however the vision will be significantly improved for all activities including driving, golf, swimming, etc. 

Second Opinions

Hearing that you have an eye disease and will be required to undergo an ophthalmic procedure can be startling news. The decision involved in choosing the appropriate treatment--or deciding whether to undergo treatment at all--can be a difficult one. If you are considering elective surgery, you may wish to consult with more than one doctor so you can make a fully informed decision. Whether you want to confirm a diagnosis, discuss your options for treatment, or gain additional perspectives on an elective procedure, we are here to help. Our doctors specialize in providing second opinions to patients who come to us on their own as well as those referrals from other physicians. We are happy to review your medical records, decide whether surgery is necessary, and talk about what alternatives may be available for you. Please call our office and schedule a second opinion at your convenience. We are here to reassure you and help in any way possible.

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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

LASIK | Eye Care | San Pedro CAPRK or photorefractive keratectomy is one of the safest and most time-tested laser vision correction procedures available. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea to improve vision. In fact, the procedure is the same as that used in LASIK, except no flap is made in the cornea. Instead, the surgeon uses an excimer laser to vaporize a small amount from the top of the cornea.

Studies have shown that 90-95% of patients with a correction of up to -6.00 diopters achieve vision of 20/40 after PRK, and up to 70% achieve 20/20. Patients needing less correction generally achieve better results. The risks of PRK include infection, haze, slow healing, scarring, over- or under-correction of the visual condition, and development of astigmatism.

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Ziemer Femtosecond Laser

LASIK | Eye Care | San Pedro CAWe are proud to offer the Ziemer femtosecond laser for all of our blade-free LASIK procedures. As the only practice in the area using this advanced technology, we remain at the forefront of the incredible improvements made within the field of LASIK vision correction over the past few years.

The Ziemer femtosecond laser provides many benefits that earlier generations of these lasers do not have. Its laser pulse rate is approximately 1,000 times faster than traditional femtosecond lasers. This is an advantage for patients because it greatly reduces the risk of developing post-procedure complications.

This laser offers the ultimate in precision, allowing the surgeon to customize the patient’s flap accurately and efficiently using low energy pulses of laser light. The Ziemer femtosecond laser achieves the exact flap thickness necessary, which is particularly important for those with thinner corneas. It also helps speed the recovery process, so our patients are more comfortable and reach their optimal vision sooner.

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Allegretto Wave™ Laser Vision Correction

LASIK | Eye Care | San Pedro CAThe Allegretto Wave™ excimer laser for refractive surgery was the first laser to use wavefront-optimized ablation profiles, which reduce the risk of formation of spherical aberrations in the peripheral cornea (causing difficulty with night vision and/or middle-distance focus) during surgery. The Allegretto laser’s high resolution makes possible the creation of exceedingly precise corneal curvature, while many of its other features (fast video-based closed-loop eye tracker, easy-to-use calibration, closed-loop energy control) allow the surgeon to focus his or her attention on the patient, rather than on the equipment. This technology protects the quality of vision while adding a new level of safety.

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CustomVue

LASIK | Eye Care | San Pedro CACustomVue surgery, also known as wavefont technology makes it possible to perform customized refractive surgeries using information gathered from the patient's own eyes. This allows us to correct the very specific refractive errors that obscure each patient's vision so patients enjoy the best post-operative vision quality possible.

During the pre-operative examination, we collect a set of measurements called a wavefront. Data from the exam is converted into a waveprint -- a unique profile of your optical system that is as personal as a fingerprint. The laser then maps the information in your waveprint onto your cornea, reshaping it for unparalleled vision improvement.

Learn more about CustomVue at the VISX® website

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Am I a candidate?

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. When you come in for an evaluation, your eyes will be examined to determine whether LASIK or another refractive procedure is appropriate for you, and whether you are at risk for any complications.

LASIK | Eye Care | San Pedro CAThe ideal LASIK candidate:

  • Is over 18 years old;
  • Has had stable vision for at least six months;
  • Has a healthy cornea thick enough for a flap;
  • Has refractive error(s) that fall within the treatable range;
  • Does not have a disease or condition that could impair the procedure or healing process;
  • Has been educated about the procedure including its risks and benefits.
  • Understands that the goal of surgery is to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

During your consultation, your surgeon will review your eyesight and discuss whether LASIK is right for you.

Honesty

We don't pressure our patients into undergoing a procedure that isn't right for them. Every patient interested in LASIK is given an extensive evaluation to determine whether LASIK is right for him or her. During the consultation, the patient and surgeon have a frank discussion about the advantages and risks of having laser vision correction. Only then is the patient accepted as a pre-operative LASIK candidate.

Caring

Unlike high-volume LASIK "factories," we take the time to ensure that every patient receives the best care and attention. The procedure is quick—about 15 minutes per eye—but we don't rush our patients in and out of the office to make room for the next one in line.

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Ophthalmologists Dr. Kenneth Miller, Dr. Julie Madani-Becker and Optometrist Dr. Greg Kubo, serving San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Harbor City, Lomita, Wilmington CA, Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates and the surrounding area.

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