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Refractive Surgery Co-Management (Lasik)

Project Eyecare Optometry -  - Primary Eyecare Optometrists with emphasis in Vision Therapy and Myopia Control

Project Eyecare Optometry

Primary Eyecare Optometrists with emphasis in Vision Therapy and Myopia Control located in Mission Viejo, CA

If you dream about waking up and seeing clearly without reaching for your glasses, join the more than 10 million Americans who have had refractive surgery like LASIK to restore their vision. At Project Eyecare Optometry, Vincent Cano, OD, and Connie Tsai, OD, and their eye care team provide refractive surgery co-management services so you receive the best possible coordinated care before, during, and after your LASIK procedure. Call or make an appointment online today to learn about your refractive surgery options.

Refractive Surgery Co-Management (Lasik)

What is refractive eye surgery?

Refractive eye surgery includes innovative operations to correct the physical irregularities that cause refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is the most prevalent type of refractive surgery. However, depending on your specific needs, you might benefit from a different kind of refractive eye surgery, such as:

  • Wavefront-guided LASIK
  • Photorefractive keratectomy 
  • Epi-LASIK
  • Conductive keratoplasty 
  • Intraocular lens transplants
  • Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE)

The optometrists at Project Eyecare Optometry partner with the best ophthalmologists and eye surgeons in the Mission Viejo area to provide the surgery you need to see clearly without corrective lenses. 

What happens during LASIK?

LASIK is a relatively quick outpatient procedure. You can have anesthesia to help you stay relaxed during the operation and your surgeon uses numbing eye drops to eliminate any discomfort. 

Your surgeon places a guard on your eye that holds your eyelids open. Then, they position the LASIK equipment over your eye. The laser creates a thin flap in your cornea and then reshapes your cornea by removing microscopic amounts of tissue. 

A friend or family member can drive you home after your LASIK procedure, and you should rest for the remainder of the day. You will need to wear an eye mask to protect your eyes while you sleep. 

When you wake up the next morning, you should see fairly clearly without your glasses or contact lenses. Your vision continues to improve as your eyes heal and any swelling subsides. 

How do I know if refractive surgery is right for me?

The optometrists at Project Eyecare Optometry offer expert consultations to determine if a refractive procedure like LASIK is a good option to correct your vision. You need to be over the age of 18 and your corrective lens prescription needs to be stable for at least a year. You must be in good health overall and have no signs of eye disease like dry eye, conjunctivitis, or other eye infections. 

Your optometrist also checks the thickness of your cornea to ensure there’s enough tissue for the procedure. Additionally, your prescription needs to be within certain limits — severe myopia would need a lot of corneal tissue to be removed, which could increase your risk of complications or future vision problems. 

Call Project Eyecare Optometry or make an appointment online to find out if refractive surgery is right for you.