Dr. Gary Jacobs specializes in LASIK co-management in Ventura County and in Oxnard. Laser Eye Surgery is one of the best advances in medical science as well as eye sight improvement. LASIK resizes the cornea in order to correct the patient’s myopia and farsightedness and nearsightedness.
LASIK combines the precision of the modern excimer laser system with the benefits of lamellar keratoplasty. These techniques have been used for decades to treat a wide range of more complicated vision problems. LASIK has been successfully performed since 1994. LASIK can treat a much wider range of refractive errors with greater precision than other surgical techniques. Recovery time is rapid and risk factors are minimal. For most patients who are good candidates, LASIK is the preferred method of surgical vision correction.
Candidates for LASIK should be at least 18 years of age and have an eyeglass prescription that has been stable for at least one year, have healthy eyes, and have realistic expectations regarding the expected outcome from the procedure. It is imperative to understand that no true claims can be made regarding achieving perfect vision after LASIK, or never needing a vision correction again. It is also important to understand that if an adult requires a different distance and reading prescription, LASIK cannot provide an outcome to correct both. Generally, the distance vision correction receives the emphasis and reading glasses are still required.
LASIK precisely reshapes the cornea surface. First, a thin layer of the cornea, the corneal cap, is lifted up with an Intralase laser. Then, in less than 60 seconds, the excimer laser reshapes the internal cornea. After the internal corneal tissue has been reshaped, the corneal cap is then placed in its original position. The cap initially seals by surface tension, similar to two pieces of glass with water between them tightly sticking together. In most cases, vision is substantially improved in less than a day but may take several weeks to totally stabilize. Eye drops are used to protect the eye and promote rapid healing. Patients usually return to their normal activities within a day or two.