LASIK is the most popular procedure in the world to correct refractive error. At the Santa Monica Eye Group, our surgeons are some of the top LASIK specialists in the Los Angeles area. If you have wondered whether laser vision correction was right for you, call to schedule a consultation. Our surgeons will be there for you throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the surgery, to post-operative recovery period and beyond.
The procedure involves using a laser, known as an excimer laser, to reshape the cornea (the front clear window to the eye) in order to treat your prescription. In traditional LASIK, a surgical instrument called a microkeratome is used to create a partial-thickness flap in the cornea. Our surgeons may also opt to use a laser instead of the microkeratome if extra precision is needed. This flap is then folded back to reveal the underlying corneal tissue. At this point, the excimer laser is then applied to precisely sculpt the cornea. The flap is then folded back into place and the procedure is complete. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes per eye.
While LASIK is the most popular vision correction procedure today, not all individuals qualify for it or have additional needs that LASIK can’t provide for. Not to worry! There are two other major vision correction procedures that the ophthalmologists at the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group perform: Photorefractive Keratotomy and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.