Time to See the Light
Laser eye surgery can help you correct vision problems and reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses. The convenience and high long-term success rates offered by laser eye surgeries make them popular and common elective procedures.
If you’re interested in laser eye surgery, West Hollywood Optometric Center offers thorough consultations. We’ll assess your candidacy and walk you through the potential outcomes so you can make an informed decision about what is right for your eyes.
How Laser Eye Surgery Works
If you have 20/20 vision, light focuses on the retina at the back of your eye. But if your cornea or the rest of your eye is shaped abnormally, light focuses elsewhere instead, causing images to blur at various distances. Laser eye surgery is the process of reshaping tissue in your eye so light can focus on the retina properly.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK is the most popular kind of laser eye surgery. During the procedure, your ophthalmologist will cut a small flap in the surface of your eye, getting access to your corneal tissue. Then they’ll use a laser to alter the shape of the tissue underneath before placing the flap back in its original position to heal.
Most people who get LASIK experience clear vision in under 24 hours, with full recovery taking less than a month. LASIK offers a 98.5% patient satisfaction rate when used to correct myopia and myopic astigmatism.
People with thin corneas may not heal properly after LASIK, but PRK can be a viable alternative. Your ophthalmologist will remove the outermost layer of your cornea, then reshape the corneal tissue underneath with a laser. The corneal layer of the eye grows back afterward.
PRK has even higher satisfaction rates than LASIK, but with longer recovery times. You’ll probably have to wait for 1 to 3 weeks before you can perform everyday activities like driving.
Getting Your Consultation
Before you can have laser eye surgery, you’ll need to consult your eye doctor. We’ll look at your eye health and vision to determine whether laser eye surgery is likely to benefit you.
During your consultation, we’ll gather information about several key factors, such as:
- The thickness of your cornea.
- Whether your vision is stable or in the process of changing.
- The type of vision problem you want to correct, and how severe it is.
- Any signs in your medical history or family medical history that laser eye surgery might not work for you.
If you appear to be a strong candidate for laser eye surgery, we’ll talk to you about the potential outcomes and leave the decision to proceed in your hands. If you decide to move forward, we’ll refer you to an experienced ophthalmologist and work with them to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. After your surgery, we’ll also arrange some follow-up appointments to assist with your recovery and reduce the risk of any complications.
See Us In West Hollywood
We can’t wait to help you make the best possible use of your eyes. Our practice is on Santa Monica Boulevard, near the intersection of Havenhurst Drive.
- 8205 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 15
- West Hollywood, CA 90046
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Note: Saturday hours reflect the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.