LaserVue surgeons strive to provide each patient with the best option for refractive surgery at our offices in the San Francisco area, including San Jose, South Bay, Oakland East Bay, and Santa Rosa. Each LASIK Marin County / San Francisco patient is individually examined to determine which procedure best fits his or her needs.
PRK, LASEK, LASIK and Epi-LASEK
These are all variations of surface ablation procedures using the excimer laser to reshape the surface of the cornea (no microkeratome), rather than the interior, as in LASIK. PRK was the first FDA-approved procedure changing the curvature of the cornea with the excimer laser. The initial PRK procedures date back to 1990.
PRK, LASEK, and Epi-LASIK use the same excimer laser as LASIK and the same Wavefront diagnostic data. With PRK, your LaserVue surgeon will first remove the very top layer of the cornea (epithelium). The excimer laser is then used to reshape the surface of the cornea and the epithelium is allowed to grow back in naturally. With LASEK and Epi-LASIK, the epithelium is moved aside, and then replaced back after surgery.
After surface procedures
Patients usually feel some discomfort and experience blurred vision for three to five days after the procedure as the surface layer heals. Most patients resume normal activities within a few days. Additionally, patients are normally placed on a regimen of steroid eye drops for a two-to-four-month period, requiring monitoring by their doctor. Although it can take a few weeks to a few months for patients to fully reach their optimal vision, outcomes for San Jose / Walnut Creek LASIK, PRK, LASEK, and Epi-LASIK are similar.
There are some medical conditions that may make surface ablation procedures more suitable than LASIK. PRK, LASEK, and Epi-LASIK are preferred for people with thin corneas and those with a very steep corneal shape. LaserVue doctors will evaluate and determine which procedure is best for you. We will inform you of the benefits and risks of each procedure, and wish to answer all of your questions to your satisfaction.
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 treatments for cataract surgery in Santa Rosa.
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Our facilities are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Santa Rosa at:
3540 Mendocino Ave., #200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
1174 Castro St., #112
Mountain View, CA 94040
1700 California St., #480
San Francisco, CA 94109
108 La Casa Via, Suite 104
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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