Let’s face it, glasses can be cumbersome and contacts can be irritating, and for many people, the dream of good vision involves being able to see clearly from the moment they first open their eyes in the morning. At Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, Jeff Taranto, OD, offers LASIK laser eye surgery as an excellent solution for vision problems, and one that millions of Americans have elected to undergo. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Opulent Eyes Optometry is your go-to destination for LASIK consultations. Call or book an appointment online today.
An acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery aims to permanently correct a handful of vision problems, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
LASIK surgery gives you clearer vision by reshaping your cornea, which enables the light that enters your eye to be properly refocused onto your retina. Using a laser, your eye surgeon makes a small circular incision on the outer layer of your cornea, creating a thin flap that they peel back to reveal the mid-layers of your cornea. Once exposed, your surgeon uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to remove small amounts of corneal tissue and reshape the cornea.
The procedure is painless and only takes about 15 minutes per eye to complete. Most people heal within a few days, and the process doesn’t require any stitches or bandages.
While LASIK is a revolutionary procedure that has helped millions of people achieve their vision goals, there are unfortunately some instances where a person might not be a good candidate for the surgery. Dr. Taranto and the team at Opulent Eyes Optometry have years of experience with LASIK consultations, and can quickly and easily determine whether LASIK is a good fit for you.
When you come in for your LASIK consultation, Dr. Taranto evaluates you for the following criteria:
Your eyes must be free from any injuries or infections that would interfere with the healing process, such as conjunctivitis. Severe dry eye syndrome, cataracts, or glaucoma might also prevent you from being a good candidate for LASIK.
Because LASIK works by reshaping your cornea, your eye needs to have enough corneal material to sculpt. Having an extremely irregular or misshapen cornea, such as from keratoconus, might also be problematic for LASIK surgery.
Your pupils must not be overly large.
If your corrective eyewear prescription is too high, LASIK surgery might not be worth the potential risks and complications.
Your eyes need to have settled down into a particular refractive error for at least 12 months before undergoing LASIK surgery.
Call or book an appointment online today and let Dr. Taranto and the team at Opulent Eyes Optometry determine whether LASIK is the best option for you.