If you’re ready to wake up in the morning and see without reaching for your glasses or contact lenses, it’s time to consider LASIK. Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD, is an experienced refractive surgeon who offers LASIK at Universal Vision Medical Center in Costa Mesa, California. He uses cutting-edge technology to provide precise refractive surgery and restore your vision. Call or schedule a consultation online to find out if LASIK is right for you.
LASIK is a refractive surgery that reshapes your cornea to correct how light enters your eye and focuses on your retina. The FDA approved this innovative procedure in 1998. Since then, over 10 million Americans have had the procedure.
LASIK can correct a variety of visual acuity problems, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and certain types of astigmatism.
While a standard LASIK procedure can’t fix presbyopia — the age-related hardening of your lenses that makes it hard to see close up — Dr. Tinoosh can use LASIK to provide monovision.
If you opt for monovision, Dr. Tinoosh corrects the dominant eye to focus on distance and your non-dominant eye to focus on reading or computer distance. Most patients adapt to using different eyes to see at varying distances easily.
You need to meet a few criteria to be eligible for LASIK. Your eyes must be healthy. You can’t have severe dry eye, infections, or other eye injuries. Your corneas also need to be thick enough to be reshaped.
Additionally, your corrective lens prescription needs to be stable for at least a year and be within certain limits. If your prescription is very high, LASIK might not be the best option for you.
Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Tinoosh uses several laser systems, including the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser. He also offers PerfectPulse Technology™ with the ALLEGRETTO Wave® laser.
Dr. Tinoosh provides a thorough exam to ensure LASIK is right for you. He measures your cornea and plans your surgery. On the day of your treatment, he prepares you for the procedure by providing numbing eye drops.
When you’re ready, Dr. Tinoosh places guards on your eye to hold your eyelid open. He positions the state-of-the-art laser over your eye. The laser quickly and precisely reshapes your cornea.
LASIK only takes five minutes per eye.
After your procedure, you rest with your eyes closed for approximately 30 minutes. Your eyes might feel itchy or gritty, but don’t rub them. Dr. Tinoosh provides an eye guard to protect your eyes while you’re sleeping.
Your vision might be blurry immediately following your surgery, so you need a friend or family member to drive you home. By the next morning, you should notice a marked improvement in your vision, which should continue to improve as post-surgical swelling subsides.
If you’re interested in LASIK, call Universal Vision Medical Center or make an appointment online today.