LASIK Eye Surgery In Orange County: An Excellent Choice for Vision Correction
Are you tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses? LASIK is a safe and effective vision correction procedure that has improved vision for millions of people worldwide. In fact, it is the most popular refractive procedure available for vision correction. LASIK can greatly reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, enabling you to live a more active lifestyle.
The history of LASIK reaches back many decades. South American doctors developed corneal flap surgery in the 1960s, and excimer lasers have been used to correct corneal surfaces since 1987. However, it was not until the early 1990s in Greece that these two procedures were combined to create LASIK.
“LASIK eye surgery is a great procedure for patients seeking to eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Most of the patients that come to Feinerman Vision Center leave feeling very satisfied and are literally overwhelmed by what they can see relatively quickly after the surgery.” Gregg Feinerman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
What does LASIK correct?
LASIK eye surgery has proven to be a dramatically effective technique for correcting many refractive errors and visual aberrations, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Wavefront guided custom LASIK treats higher order aberrations, which reduces the incidence of postoperative glare and halos.
Nearsightedness (Myopia): If you are nearsighted, you have difficulty seeing faraway objects. Myopia results from a cornea that is curved too steeply.
Farsightedness (Hyperopia): If you are farsighted, you have difficulty seeing objects close up, such as when you are reading. Hyperopia occurs when your cornea is too flat.
Astigmatism: If you have astigmatism, you may be able to see things close up or far away, but they may appear blurry. For example, the letter “R” may look like “B”. An asymmetrically curved cornea causes astigmatism.
What is the cost LASIK?
LASIK starts at only $999 per eye at Feinerman Vision Center.
If LASIK surgery is something that is difficult for you to afford you are not alone. This is exactly why we provide LASIK financing options to make LASIK more affordable. We offer interest free financing for up to one year.
Our LASIK counselors will help you to create a program of monthly payments that works for you. Call us today at 949-631-4780 to learn more about LASIK Financing.
The LASIK Experience at Feinerman Vision Center
At Feinerman Vision Center you will first be introduced to your eye care advisor, who will perform a complete series of eye scans related to LASIK. Next, you will receive a complete eye examination and consultation with Newport Beach surgeon Dr. Feinerman. During this time, you will have an opportunity to meet with Dr. Feinerman and address any of your questions or concerns. Dr. Feinerman will discuss your particular situation and help determine the best course of action.
On the day of the LASIK procedure, our staff will ensure you are reclined comfortably in a chair. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Feinerman will administer some anesthetic eye drops to your eye. When you are ready, he will then gently start the LASIK procedure.
Dr. Feinerman will create the LASIK flap, lift it, and use the Alcon WaveLight® EX 500 Excimer laser or the NIDEK Navex Quest topography guided laser system to remove microscopic amounts of corneal tissue that correspond with the map of your cornea. In less than one minute, the correction will be complete, and the corneal flap will be replaced into its natural position.
LASIK is the most popular form of laser vision correction because the healing process is greatly aided by the corneal flap. It allows the treated portion of the eye to remain covered, providing much faster healing than other forms of laser vision correction such as PRK.
Am I a Candidate?
Anyone who is over the age of eighteen has not had a significant change in vision and can see clearly with contact lenses or glasses may be a good candidate for laser vision correction. Innovations in technology are allowing an increased number of people to qualify for the surgery, however people with certain medical histories or conditions may not be good candidates. Dr. Feinerman will be able to help you learn about your different options and determine the best vision correction procedure to fit your needs and expectations.
What to Expect After LASIK?
Most patients generally recover very quickly following LASIK treatment (within 3 to 4 hours).
The majority of people report that they can see clearly the next day, and that they experience minimal discomfort after LASIK. This is because with LASIK the corneal flap is placed over the area of treatment, which resists normal causes of irritation during the healing phase.
The side effects of LASIK are generally mild and temporary. Some of these side effects may include dry eyes and an increase in halos and glare; it should be noted that people more severe refractive corrections are more likely to experience these effects. As the eye heals, these symptoms generally subside. Other potential complications will be discussed with each patient, based on their specific situation and anticipated outcome.
Questions to ask your LASIK Surgeon:
- How long have you been performing LASIK?
- What percentage of patients receives 20/20 vision?
- Are you certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology?
- How many LASIK procedures have you performed in the last year?
- Will my vision change after surgery?
- Will I need enhancement?
- What is the recovery time?
Why Should I Choose Dr. Gregg Feinerman?
Dr. Feinerman is a credentialed and recognized LASIK surgeon practicing in Orange County since 2001. He is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Additionally, Dr. Feinerman is fellowship trained in LASIK. He served as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian—a magnet hospital that is one of the finest in the country. His involvement in the ophthalmology community is widespread, as he has served on medical advisory boards for major ophthalmic corporations.
The technology surrounding LASIK is tremendous and has been improving since the onset of the procedure. There are various types of technology used throughout the process. In the pre-operative stage where we are determining LASIK candidacy, we use a series of diagnostic tools, including corneal topography equipment. In the flap-making portion of the procedure we use femtosecond lasers to make the corneal flap. The final step involves using an excimer laser to remove micron amounts of corneal tissue, improving people’s focus.
Pre-Operative and Diagnostic Testing
Feinerman Vision Center uses corneal topography instruments to assess your corneas optical surface and architecture including the Nidek OPD Scan III and the Orbscan II. Each of these maps the cornea in slightly different ways, giving information useful to your care.
Wavefront Custom LASIK measurements
Feinerman Vision Center performs wavefront analysis of the eyes optical system and assessment of aberration profile for all of our patients. In addition to nearsightedness and astigmatism, quality of vision is dependent on the amount of “static” light in your eye’s optical system. By mathematically assessing your focusing pathways, we are able to better diagnose and treat optical problems both before and after surgery. These measurements are done so we can create a custom treatment of your eyes optical system that reduces glare and halos, improving night vision.
Corneal Flap Making Femtosecond Lasers (Known as Blade-free LASIK)
Femtosecond lasers enable us to create the “all important” LASIK flap that is required to treat the inner part of the cornea. Femtosecond lasers used in all-laser LASIK direct tiny, rapid pulses of infrared light to a precise depth within the cornea. This depth is determined by the surgeon and is entered into the computer that controls the laser. At Feinerman Vision Center we use the Ziemer femtosecond laser.
Ziemer developed an improved method of ALL-LASER LASIK. This technological advancement is very significant for safety and better overall vision, as the Ziemer femtosecond laser has several physical advantages over the older IntraLase system. The Ziemer uses laser technology to generate short, microscopic, low-energy infrared laser pulses to perform ALL-LASER LASIK. The Ziemer femtosecond laser uses more precisely focused laser pulses at thousands of times less energy per pulse than IntraLase, which makes it even safer. This is a point of drastic differentiation between the Ziemer femtosecond laser and IntraLase.
The Ziemer femtosecond laser can possibly allow patients who were denied LASIK, due to cornea thinness and other conditions, to now qualify as a candidate for the surgery.
Dr. Feinerman was the first LASIK surgeon in California to use the Ziemer femtosecond laser.
Surgical Treatment Lasers (Excimer Lasers)
After the flap has been created the corneal ablation will be done with an excimer laser. Feinerman Vision Center is proud to debut the two newest FDA approved excimer lasers, Alcon’s WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser System and the Nidek Quest.
The WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser System product integrates cutting edge technology to ensure faster, safer, and more reliable treatment. Its superior speed, multidimensional eye tracker, laser precision, and online pachymetry enable a skilled surgeon to provide the ultimate patient care experience while reducing recovery time and improving patient outcomes.
Additionally, our practice also utilizes the NIDEK Quest excimer laser. The Nidek Quest is one of the most reliable excimer lasers on the market today and can perform CATz (Customized Aspheric Treatment Zone) topography assisted laser vision correction. Feinerman Vision Center is one of the first vision centers in the US to offer the new CATz LASIK technology that takes Custom LASIK to a whole new level. This system is a unique combination of the fully-integrated Quest excimer laser, the OPD-Scan III, the OPD-Station software. It is extremely technologically advanced, providing outstanding clinical performance and clinical outcomes.
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