LASIK Technology at Harvard Eye Associates
Bladeless LASIK in Orange County, CA
CustomVue® Wavefront-guided LASIK in Orange County, CA
The most exciting development in vision correction surgery is CustomVue® Wavefront-guided LASIK also known as Custom LASIK. Using WaveScan® based digital technology, originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space, we can now identify, measure, and correct imperfections in your eyes 25 times more precisely than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. This advancement in technology has also reduced the risk of some of the side effects that were, at times, experienced following standard LASIK procedures such as glare, halos around lights at night, and other visual difficulties.
Custom LASIK surgery may be an appropriate option for patients wanting to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses and contact lenses. A WaveScan® analysis will be done at the time of your consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Your doctor will discuss the recommended treatment plan with you along with all the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the procedure(s) during the consultation after examining your eyes.
To see if you are a candidate for the CustomVue® Wavefront-guided LASIK procedure, contact us today to schedule a free LASIK consultation.
Monovision is when one eye is focused for distance vision and one eye is focused for near vision. This method of vision correction takes advantage of the fact that each of us has a dominant eye for distance vision and a non-dominant eye that is used more for depth perception.
With monovision, the non-dominant eye is typically corrected to be sharply focused on up close (reading vision), and the dominant eye is sharply focused for distance vision. This allows the non-dominant eye to play a greater role in reading while the dominant eye plays a greater role in distance vision. With careful measurements and proper planning, monovision can provide good reading and distance vision for patients with presbyopia who would like to avoid the use of reading glasses. After trying monovision and determining with your doctor that this is an appropriate treatment option for you, monovision can be accomplished with LASIK and other types of refractive surgery.
If you’ve never heard of or tried monovision, it can be difficult to imagine what it is like. During your free LASIK evaluation, the doctor will discuss what procedures you are a candidate for, demonstrate monovision (if you are an appropriate candidate), and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your procedure.
LASIK Alternatives in Orange County, CA
Not everyone is an appropriate candidate for LASIK. Luckily, our Orange County LASIK specialists provide other types of refractive surgery options that may be an alternative option for patients that are not eligible for LASIK.
Some of these options include:
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
- Implantable contact lens (ICL)
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) in Orange County
This laser procedure is similar to LASIK, but different enough to be appropriate for people whose corneal shape or thickness is not ideal for LASIK. The laser treatment is performed directly on the surface of the eye instead of under a flap as with LASIK. Healing time is slightly longer than LASIK (typically 4-5 days) but ultimately, the visual outcomes are the same. Your doctor will discuss the details of this procedure along with the risks, benefits, and alternatives during the consultation.
Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL) in Orange County
Patients who have moderate to high degrees of nearsightedness, thin corneas, large pupils, or a history of dry eye may not be good candidates for LASIK vision correction or PRK. In the past, these patients would not have any options for correcting their vision. Now, some of the patients who were deemed not a good candidate for LASIK in the past may now be eligible candidates for the Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) procedure.
During ICL surgery, a tiny contact lens is inserted inside the eye, where it remains permanently. The procedure takes as little as 15 minutes per eye and patients begin seeing clearly after the procedure. Most patients do not experience pain. The lens is both invisible to the patient and to any observer. During your consultation, your doctor will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure and will discuss all the details with you.
Millions of people worldwide have successfully undergone LASIK refractive surgery, and the number continues to grow. The only way to find out if your eyes are right for LASIK is to be evaluated by a LASIK surgeon. Here at Harvard Eye Associates, we offer free LASIK Evaluations. Our Orange County LASIK specialists are ready to assess your vision and eye health and recommend the best treatment option(s) for your eyes. Schedule your free LASIK Evaluation today.