If you’re tired of always fumbling for your glasses in order to see, or losing your contact lenses, LASIK may be just the solution you’re looking for. At Eye Associates of Orange County, Dr. Omar Krad routinely performs LASIK, helping his patients in Mission Viejo, California, regain 20/20 vision and eliminate their dependency on corrective lenses. To explore how LASIK can help you, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Using LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, Dr. Krad is able to correct most vision problems and eliminate your reliance on corrective lenses. Your eyes are intricate structures that process light through a series of refractive steps, culminating when the light focuses on your retina, which registers and sends the information through your optic nerve onto your brain to form an image. Most vision problems occur as a result of a problem with how light focuses onto your retina. For example:
This problem is also known as nearsightedness and it occurs when your eye focuses light in front of your retina, instead of on it.
This issue, which is also called farsightedness, affects your proximal vision and is caused when your eyes focus light behind your retina.
If your cornea is misshapen, it may cause light to focus unevenly on your retina.
Each of these vision issues typically stems from a problem with the shape of your cornea, which is the outermost surface of your eye and the first point of entry for light.
During a LASIK procedure, Dr. Krad uses a microkeratome or femtosecond laser to create a flap in your cornea. He gently peels the flap back in order to access the next layer of your cornea, which is called your stroma.
Using a different laser called an excimer laser, Dr. Krad reshapes your cornea according to your vision problem. Once he’s finished, Dr. Krad replaces the flap over the area, which holds itself in place naturally. This entire process usually only takes about 30 minutes.
Dr. Krad provides you with anesthetic eye drops for your comfort and most patients report that the LASIK procedure doesn’t cause any pain.
Since the LASIK procedure is minimally invasive, you’re free to return home directly afterward, though you should arrange for someone to drive you. During the next 24 hours, your vision gradually clears and you should start to see your results within a day or two after your surgery (some people report improved vision the next morning while others need a week).
You should avoid any strenuous activities for a week after your LASIK procedure to allow time for your eyes to heal properly.
If you’d like to end your reliance on corrective lenses, call Eye Associates of Orange County or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.