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What Is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery uses a specialty laser to reshape your cornea and correct irregularities that produce vision problems. LASIK and PRK are 2 popular types of laser eye surgery, either of which may be best for patients with specific needs.

During LASIK, a thin flap is made in the cornea so the tissue underneath can be reshaped. PRK, on the other hand, involves removing the surface of the cornea entirely and letting it grow back afterward. PRK may be recommended for patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK.

Both procedures have similarly high success rates. However, PRK typically comes with longer recovery times than LASIK (several weeks vs. several days for clear vision).

Who Is a Candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery may be suitable for people whose prescriptions haven’t changed significantly within the last year. It’s also recommended that prospective laser eye surgery candidates be in good general health with no eye diseases, infections, or other issues like dry eyes.

Laser eye surgery is typically not recommended for patients under 18 since their eyes are still growing, and their prescriptions may still change. It’s also generally not suitable for those who are pregnant, nursing, or taking specific medications. If you want to find out whether laser eye surgery is right for you, please schedule a consultation at your nearest Total Vision location.

How Do I Prepare for My Laser Eye Surgery Consultation?

There’s not much you need to do before coming to your laser eye surgery consultation. But, we want to make sure the measurements we take during your appointment are as precise as possible. For this reason, we usually ask you not to wear contact lenses for 2 weeks before your consultation since wearing contacts can temporarily cause minor changes to the shape of your eyes.

Your Total Vision optometrist will determine whether laser eye surgery may be beneficial for you during your consultation. They’ll perform several of the same tests that occur during standard eye exams and also evaluate:

  • The thickness of your cornea.
  • The stability of your vision.
  • Your current lens prescription.
  • The health of your tear film.
  • Your medical history, family history, and history of medication.

The tests we run during your consultation are non-invasive, but they can take time. We normally recommend setting aside at least 2 hours for your appointment. We may also dilate your pupils, so you might want to arrange a ride home.

Scheduling Your Total Vision Laser Eye Surgery Consultation

Laser eye surgery isn’t for everybody, and it can be a big decision. Your consultation is the perfect time to ask questions, raise your concerns, and receive detailed answers about potential risks and outcomes. We are happy to help facilitate this process with you.

Our Total Vision teams are ready to provide you with friendly advice so you can make the best decision. Reach out to your local Total Vision team today, and schedule your consultation!

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We have practices located throughout California where we can provide all of your eye care needs. Check out our locations in the following areas:

  • Bay Area
  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • San Diego County
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