All-Laser LASIK in San Francisco Bay Area
LASIK (an acronym that stands for LASer In-situ Keratomileusis) is not only the most commonly performed type of laser vision correction, but also perhaps the most effective. For those who are not eligible for LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a popular and effective alternative. At our LASIK and PRK eye surgery center, which serves the San Francisco Bay Area, our surgeons are prepared to help each patient achieve the best vision possible. Contact LaserVue Eye Center today to schedule a consultation or appointment.
LASIK eye surgery performed at our practice is a safe, quick, and effective surgical procedure for patients who wish to improve their eyesight. During the procedure, a small flap is first created in the outer layer of the cornea with either a blade or laser (the IntraLase™ laser). The flap is then folded back on its hinge, and the extremely precise and accurate excimer laser is used to remove minute amounts (microns) of underlying corneal tissue, effectively reshaping the cornea and allowing the eye to focus light on the retina correctly. Finally, the flap is gently returned to its original position; healing begins almost instantly.
Steps Of The LASIK Procedure
Using Wavefront technology, we take a “fingerprint” image and map of your entire optical system. This detailed information is evaluated by the surgeon and is transferred to the laser.
An Intralase Femtosecond laser is used to create the corneal flap with the safety and precision of a computer-controlled laser beam. The surgeon then gently folds this flap back to prepare the eye for the treatment laser.
A cool laser beam is used to reshape the cornea and eliminate sources of aberration. There are multiple tracking and alignment systems in place to ensure both safety and accuracy throughout your entire procedure.
Finally, the protective flap that was created in step two is gently placed back in its original position. The cornea begins healing immediately and you can return home.
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Currently, LASIK eye surgery is one of the most commonly performed healthcare procedures in the country, and it has an excellent record of success. LASIK offers faster healing time than other laser procedures and rapid visual recovery, as patients are usually able to see well within a few hours.
Despite being a quick and seemingly easy procedure, LASIK is still surgery and, like any other surgery, is not perfect. Nonetheless, with the use of the excimer laser, surgeons can achieve an unparalleled degree of precision and predictability. Each pulse of the laser can remove 39 millionths of an inch of tissue in 12 billionths of a second. The LASIK eye surgery technology, coupled with the skill and care of our surgeons, can achieve remarkable accuracy by allowing the doctor to maintain exceptional control throughout the procedure. New Blade-Free IntraLase™ technology and new wavefront-guided and wavefront-optimized treatment options have made LASIK even safer, with higher chance of 20/20 vision or better than ever before.
Are you a candidate for LASIK?
You may be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery if you:
- Are 18 years of age or older with a stable prescription for at least one year.
- Have a prescription within -1.00 to -11.00 diopters of myopia or within up to +5.00 diopters of farsightedness. Astigmatism up to 5.00 diopters can also be treated.
- Have healthy eyes without disease or serious ailments.
- Have realistic expectations and are educated and informed about the risks and benefits of surgery and the alternatives.
Excellent results start with your first visit to LaserVue Eye Center through accurate diagnosis and measurements. Our LASIK doctors, rather than “counselors,” perform our examinations and screenings. Then, Dr. Jay Bansal’s surgical skill and experience, combined with careful postoperative care, completes the process of giving you new vision. The keys to it all are experience and the advanced technology. Your surgeon’s level of experience and skill in performing these delicate procedures is the critical factor in determining your outcome.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and are considering LASIK eye surgery, contact LaserVue Eye Center to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Types of Treatments
Currently, there are three main ways by which a laser can reshape the cornea. LaserVue Eye Center is pleased to possess the technology to perform all three types of surgery.
1. Traditional Treatment
Lasers that are used for the traditional treatment reshape the cornea using the same measurements that are used for eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. The traditional treatment can be used to correct lower order aberrations, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
2. Wavefront-Guided Treatment
While a wavefront-guided treatment can treat the same issues that the traditional treatment can, it can also measure and address higher order aberrations. A wavefront-guided treatment takes thousands of measurements at unique points in the patient’s vision in order to create a “map,” which is then used to measure imperfections that corrective lenses can’t correct. In some cases, wavefront-guided treatments can also reduce glare and halos.
3. Wavefront-Optimized Treatment
The wavefront-optimized treatment is the newest type of laser correction available to the public. Both the traditional and wavefront-guided treatments have been found to create additional distortions known as spherical aberrations, one of the most common reasons patients who have undergone LASIK experience halos and glare at night. With the wavefront-optimized treatment, however, the chances for halos and glare are reduced by creating a treatment pattern that maintains the natural curvature of the eye. By preserving the eye’s natural curve, sharper, clearer vision with less chance of halo and glare is possible.
IntraLase™ FS 60 laser
“We are excited to be the first San Francisco Bay Area center to offer this new technology.” stated Dr. Jay Bansal, Medical Director at LaserVue Eye Center. “We’ve always worked hard at keeping our commitment to offer our patients the safest, most effective technology available.”
Six years ago, LaserVue Eye Center helped introduced blade-free LASIK surgery to the area with the arrival of the Bay Area’s first IntraLase™ FS 60 laser. This laser revolutionized the LASIK procedure by replacing the metal bladed microkeratome with a silent, computer guided laser. Prior to IntraLase, step one of the LASIK procedure involved making a thin flap of corneal tissue with a metal razor blade called a microkeratome. Although still considered to be quite safe, it was the riskiest part of a LASIK procedure. If a serious complication were to occur, it usually was the result of a microkeratome mishap or malfunction. IntraLase replaces the metal blade with a precise computer guided laser resulting in a procedure that is more accurate that a bladed microkeratome. This gives greater assurance that step one of the LASIK eye surgery will be more accurate and safe as the first step towards giving patients the best LASIK result possible.
If you have questions, or would like to schedule a free LASIK exam to see if this new technology is right for you, please call LaserVue Eye Center at (800) 527-3745.
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It is paramount that the greatest of precautions are taken when decisions regarding your eyes and eyesight need to be made. Many people considering LASIK surgery are tempted by surgeons and surgery centers that offer the procedure at an unbelievably low price. However, patients who undergo LASIK at the discounted prices may get what they pay for, resulting in regret and possibly even compromised vision. Read more about why LASIK deals that are too good to be true should be avoided and learn why LaserVue Eye Center stands head and shoulders above other LASIK surgery centers.
Contact Our Office
At LaserVue Eye Center, we are excited and proud to offer LASIK eye surgery and PRK services to patients from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our mission is to help our patients achieve clearer vision through high-quality services provided by our experienced, reputable surgeons. Contact our office today to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with our doctors.
What Is Wavefront LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK is a corneal reshaping procedure that we provide in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Santa Rosa. LASIK combines the precision of excimer laser technology with the rapid visual recovery of making a corneal flap. Because of its improved accuracy, safety, and fast recovery time, LASIK surgery has become the procedure of choice for correcting a large variety of refractive errors throughout much of the world. The LASIK procedure itself consists of four key steps. Only “eye drop anesthesia” is required. The entire procedure takes about five minutes per eye (both eyes can be done the same day).
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Wavefront LASIK: The Next Generation Of Eye Surgery
No two eyes are the same. Like your DNA or fingerprint, your vision is unique. Until now, laser vision correction treatment was based on diagnostic technology similar to that used for the prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Wavefront LASIK at LaserVue Eye Center takes laser vision correction to an entirely new, personalized level by combining exclusive diagnostic technology with the excimer laser.
The advanced diagnostic portion of the wavefront technology produces a precise, detailed analysis of your vision and provides a custom laser vision correction plan that addresses your individual needs. This Wavefront data is coordinated with the VISX STAR S4 & Alcon Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser System to create a new level of vision, comfort, and safety.
Potential Benefits Of Wavefront LASIK
Wavefront technology is groundbreaking because it has the potential to improve not only how much you can see, visual acuity measured by the standard 20/20 eye chart, but also how well you can see, in terms of contrast sensitivity and fine detail. This translates into a reduced risk of glare, halos and difficulty with night vision post-LASIK. How much you see depends on what lower order aberrations you have; lower order aberrations are also called refractive errors and include myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Traditional LASIK treats these lower order aberrations. How well you see can depends on what higher order aberrations you have; higher order aberrations are irregularities other than refractive errors, and can cause such problems as decreased contrast sensitivity or night vision, glare, shadows, and halos. Higher order aberrations do not always affect vision. Wavefront LASIK treats both lower and higher order aberrations.
Wavefront LASIK Advantages:
- Greater chance of achieving 20/20 vision
- Greater chance of achieving better than 20/20 vision
- Reduced chance of losing best-corrected vision
- Reduced chance of losing visual quality or contrast sensitivity
- Reduced chance of night vision disturbances and glare
Potential also exists for custom LASIK to treat those people who have lost best-corrected vision from previous refractive surgery.
Wavefront Technology Helps LaserVue Doctors To:
- Assess whether you may be a good candidate for custom Wavefront laser vision correction
- Verify the accuracy of your glasses prescription
- Personalize your laser treatment plan to your eyes’ unique focusing ability
Why We’ve Chosen The iLASIK™ System At LaserVue:
- iLASIK System (Blade-Free Wavefront LASIK) includes a diagnostic wavefront analysis device that maps the entire optical path of the eye. This Wavefront data, called “A Fingerprint of Your Vision™,” provides LaserVue doctors with precise and detailed information about your vision. This is used to program the laser for precise, personalized treatment. Wavefront diagnostics provides a new level of diagnostic information previously unavailable. Wavefront LASIK is becoming the gold standard in vision correction.
- With iLASIK’s exclusive 3D eye-tracking technology and auto-centering, the laser detects and compensates for small eye movements in all three dimensions by guiding the laser beam to keep it centered precisely over the treatment area.
- iLASIK’s Exclusive SmartBeam™ technology adjusts beam size according to treatment, minimizing corneal tissue removal and allowing for fast, smooth treatment with precise corneal shaping.
*Not all patients are candidates for LASIK in San Francisco Bay Area. Candidacy must be determined by a medical professional. Risks, side-effects, and realistic expectations will be discussed during your exam prior to LASIK.
Most Likely You Are A Good Candidate For Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK).
Our LASIK surgeons in San Jose, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa, and San Francisco CA area offer Laser Vision Correction. Laser vision correction can correct refractive errors, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. There is no age limit for LASIK, but you should have a stable prescription for one year, healthy eyes, and be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- IMAGINE …
- A five-minute procedure …
- A short, restful nap after surgery, and then …
- Enjoying improved, uncorrected vision!
- The LASIK Procedure Has The Following Advantages:
- Rapid visual recovery
- Little postoperative discomfort
- Little chance for corneal haze or scarring
- Minimum fluctuation of vision
- Ability to correct a larger range of refractive errors
- FOUR STEPS TO BETTER VISION
*Not all patients are candidates for LASIK. Candidacy must be determined by a medical professional. Risks, side-effects, and realistic expectations will be discussed during your exam prior to LASIK.
Please call 1.800.LASER.45 (1.800.527.3745) to schedule a free LASIK Vision Correction or cataract consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK Vision Correction or other refractive surgery treatment such as cataract surgery in San Jose, Walnut Creek, Santa Rosa, or San Francisco.
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Our facilities are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Santa Rosa at:
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Mountain View, CA 94040
San Francisco, CA 94109
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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