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Lasik Surgery / PRK

Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, better known as LASIK, is a safe and effective method for correcting vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Excimer lasers, used in the LASIK procedure, have been available to ophthalmologists since the 1980s. Beginning in 1995, the procedure itself is now the most commonly performed refractive surgery in the U.S. Amazing advancements have been made in laser vision correction allowing for more “individualized” correction. With the FDA approval of the VISX CustomVue™ procedure, the eye surgeons at Eye Associates of San Diego, Dr. Rice and Dr. Wasserstrom, are fully certified and have the resources, equipment and technology to measure and evaluate your unique vision characteristics using WaveScan® Technology.

Yes, your vision is unique… as unique as your fingerprint or your DNA. WaveScan Technology creates a Wave-Print™ Map giving your Eye M.D.
a detailed map of your vision revealing unique characteristics of the eye never measured before using standard methods for glasses and contact lenses. Originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions in space, this technology has been adapted for eye care. A single beam of infrared laser light is passed into the eye and focused on the retina. The light is then reflected off the retina, passed back through the eye, through a lenslet array to a sensor, and then analyzed from 200 different aspects to create a map of the eye, a distinct fingerprint of your vision.

Drs. Rice and Wasserstrom then use this WavePrint Map to better  determine your candidacy for laser vision correction, and once you are identified as a good candidate, your unique vision map is transferred to the laser to customize your procedure specifically to your vision characteristics. Results from clinical trials taken six-months after the CustomVue™ procedure have shown significant visual improvements: 100% of participants were able to drive legally without corrective lenses (20/40); 94% had 20/20 vision or better; and nearly 75% had “supervision” of 20/16 or better. Additionally, participants overall were more satisfi ed with their quality of vision, referring to how much better they were able to see under a variety of conditions such as night driving, after the procedure than with glasses or contact lenses.

The doctors at Eye Associates of San Diego are refractive surgeons, certified in the use of the excimer laser, and experienced with the LASIK procedure. All pre-operative and post-operative examinations are performed by one of our physicians; you will be seen by the same doctor from consultation to follow-up. The consultation and testing to determine your candidacy is complimentary.

LASIK is almost a household word, and most people have at least basic knowledge about the procedure, its tremendous benefits and its low risks. But before you contemplate whether the procedure is right for you,

What to Expect with LASIK


Refractive surgery procedures have been performed to correct vission problems (like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) since the early 1970s. With the advent of the laser for refractive surgery (photo-refractive keratectomy or PRK), a new era in eye care started to unfold! The excimer laser procedure combined with the creation of a corneal flap (Lamellar Keratoplasty or LK) is an excellent technique for reshaping the surface of the cornea to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. The combination of both procedures, Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) offers the accuracy of refractive lasers with the benefits of the LK procedure's speedy recovery.

A staff member will pre-screen you as a candidate for laser vision correction. Next you will meet with Dr. Rice or Dr. Wasserstrom for an ophthalmologist's examination for LASIK. Dr. Rice or Dr. Wasserstrom will discuss aspects of the procedure that are specific to your vision, what you will need to do during and after the procedure.

After the doctor has confirmed that you qualify for LASIK, the procedure is fairly straightforward. With laser vision procedures, qualified eye specialists program the computer-controlled laser to remove very fine layers of tissue from the cornea to change its shape and improve its focusing capability. The procedure itself is completely painless, only requiring an "eye drop" anesthetic to numb the eye for painless surgery, and usualy only takes 15 minutes per eye. LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis but you will need to bring a companion to drive you home. As the covering on the eye heals over the next few hours, some patients experience mild discomfort when blinking. Medicated eye drops are used for discomfort or scratchiness, to prevent infection and to promote healing, and an eye patch may be placed on the eye for temporary protection and to keep the patient from rubbing the eyes during sleep.

After the LASIK prodedure, you will be scheduled to visit your eye physician for a post-operative examination within 24 hours of your surgery. The majority of patients are able to pass a driver's license test withglasses or contacts. Most patients report an immediate improvement of vision within the first day.

Contact us to set up a free appointment to see if you quality for LASIK.