You have probably heard about laser eye surgery called LASIK, and wonder if it could be right for you. Many patients we see at the Eye Care Institute in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, CA are interested in learning more about it to determine if it can eliminate their dependence on the use of contact lenses and prescription eyeglasses to maintain proper vision. This is when our doctors will evaluate a patient to decide if they are a proper candidate for LASIK.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a specialized vision correction procedure that can be performed to eliminate the need for patients to wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to see their best. The procedure corrects the way in which the eyes focus rays of light onto the retina which communicates with the optic nerve to send vision information to the brain. This is how the eye “sees” for us. During LASIK, the ophthalmologist will create a flap in the corneal tissue and then reshape it with the use of a laser. The procedure is performed with proper anesthetics and no pain, taking less than 20 minutes per eye to complete. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients can return to their normal activities the same day!
Are you a candidate for LASIK?
It is important for patients to speak to their eye doctor for a complete evaluation to determine if they are viable candidates for treatment. Patients who are interested in eliminating the need for corrective lenses are often curious if they can undergo the procedure. Good candidates are often patients with astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. However, there are a wide variety of laser-assisted vision correction procedures that patients can choose from. One may be better than another for a particular patient, so the initial evaluation can be educational for patients and allow them to discuss their options.
Interested in discussing LASIK treatment with a professional?
Contact the Eye Care Institute at (707) 546-9800 today to book your consultation visit and initial evaluation. We encourage patients in the areas of Santa Rosa and Petaluma, CA to schedule an appointment with our team to discuss their eye care needs.