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Do you wish you could get rid of your glasses and contact lenses for good? Do you want to regain 20/20 vision overnight? If you’re like most people wearing contact lenses and glasses, the answer to both those questions is probably a resounding yes. Well, Lasik surgery turns that desire into an extremely safe and accessible reality. Lasik surgery addresses refractive errors to help you regain 20/20 vision. If you’re ready to ditch your glasses and contacts, schedule a consultation with us to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure.

What Is Lasik Surgery?

Lasik is short for “Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.” It’s a popular surgical procedure that permanently corrects the refractive errors responsible for your blurry vision. A refractive error refers to eye conditions wherein irregular changes to your cornea (the transparent front part of the eye) may prevent your eyes from bending light correctly, leading to blurry vision. As such, Lasik only addresses vision problems caused by refractive errors, such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.

During the Lasik surgery, the eye surgeon creates a flap in the cornea and then uses laser energy to reshape your cornea. The eye surgeon modifies the shape of the cornea to help it bend light correctly. The Lasik surgery lasts less than 15 minutes, and it takes around 3 to 6 months for your vision to stabilize after the surgery.

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Am I a Suitable Candidate for Lasik Surgery?

Lasik surgery is a suitable procedure for most people with refractive errors. During your Lasik consultation, your optometrist will run a series of eye tests and vision tests to ensure you don’t have any underlying conditions that preclude you from undergoing a Lasik surgery.

The following are some of the general requirements for a Lasik surgery:

  • You must be in good overall health.
  • You must be over 18.
  • You shouldn’t be pregnant or nursing.
  • You shouldn’t be on certain medications.
  • You shouldn’t have certain underlying vision problems.
  • Your prescription should be fairly stable for the past year.

What to Expect from the Lasik Consultation?

Most of the Lasik consultation is similar to a comprehensive eye exam, including most of the same vision tests. After reviewing your medical history and prescriptions, your optometrist in Ladera Ranch will run a series of screening tests and vision tests to identify signs and symptoms of certain vision problems and eye conditions that preclude you from undergoing surgery.

If you’re deemed to be a suitable candidate for the procedure, the optometrist will also collect accurate measurements from the inner and outer structures of your eyes. These measurements will be necessary during Lasik surgery. After the consultation, you’re advised to stop wearing contact lenses for at least two or three weeks before the procedure because contacts can make small changes to the shape of your corneas.

Schedule Your Lasik Consultation at Ladera Ranch Optometry

As part of the Total Vision eye care network, Ladera Ranch Optometry has some of the best optometrists and cutting-edge technologies for advanced diagnostics and treatments. We determine if you’re a suitable candidate for a Lasik consultation, advise you on the next steps, and discuss possible alternatives if you’re not eligible for the procedure. For more information, please contact us today.

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