LASIK Eye Surgery

Lasik Pic

LASIK surgery is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. In Los Angeles, LASIK eye surgery gained popularity several years ago because it offers minimal discomfort and a rapid restoration of vision—sometimes immediately after the procedure. Developed to reduce or eliminate the dependency on glasses and contact lenses, LASIK surgery was considered a revolution in the vision correction field. Unfortunately, to perform LASIK, the surgeon must cut a corneal flap which introduces a small level of risk to the procedure. Both the Keratome (mechanical) and Intralase (laser) flap creating devices have similar safety and risk profiles.

LASIK had been the preference of many specialists in Los Angeles lasik eye surgery correction due to minimal recovery time and pain – compared to PRK (photorefractive keratomileusis) – and if you live near Los Angeles, the Ventura Eye Institute is your ideal choice.

PRK was the original approach to laser vision correction. It is still considered tremendously safe, but has a one-week healing time. LASIK, however, provides near-instant recuperation of vision.

Currently, there is a trend to avoid the LASIK surgery or Intralase LASIK techniques in favor of the safer LASEK and Epilasik. In California, many surgeons prefer this new method due to its greater safety and possibly better visual outcomes compared to LASIK or Intralase LASIK.

In LASEK and Epilasik, only the outer-most layer of the cornea is lifted which makes it virtually risk-free. These procedures are also considered a great choice for patients with larger corrections. According to studies about LASEK and Epilasik in California, this technique also may provide a more stable, long-term visual result.

At Ventura Eye Institute, we also have custom wavefront technology. Dr. Ragen is one of the leading specialists in the technology of this eye surgery, or wavefront, in California. This procedure is a significant development in vision correction technology since it offers better outcomes than the past techniques. Nevertheless, eye surgery with wavefront - California’s preferred technique - does not apply to all patients’ vision problems.

Before your vision correction procedure, Dr. Ragen will thoroughly examine your eyes to determine their health, the kind of vision correction best suited for your eyes, and how much treatment will be needed. Dr. Ragen will also check to see if you have dry eye disease, which may need to be treated before your laser vision correction. Other tests will be used to ensure that Dr. Ragen has all of the measurements and information he needs to help you make an informed decision before your LASIK eye surgery.

More About LASIK and LASEK

During LASIK, an instrument called a microkeratome or a laser (Intralase) is used to create a flap in the cornea which is about the top 15-20% of the cornea. In LASEK, only the outer ultra-thin epithelial layer (<1%)is loosened chemically. Dr. Ragen then folds the flap out of the way and reshapes the corneal tissue underneath using a VISX Star S4 laser with CustomVue (described below). The VISX Star S4 uses wavefront guided LASIK/LASEK to precisely remove very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to change its curvature. As the cornea is reshaped it is better able to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, which results in better, clearer vision. At the end of the procedure, the flap is then laid back in place to cover. Importantly, nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness can be treated with LASIK or LASEK. The whole surgery typically takes about 3 minutes per eye and is painless.

"As a professional artist, my eyesight is crucial. It has been one week since Dr. Ragen performed LASIK surgery on my eyes, but the miracle of having 20/20 vision has lost none of its magic."
Leah K.

Click here to know more about Los Angeles intralase and the other procedures available in Los Angeles for laser vision correction.

Lasik Eye Surgery - information you should know

To perform LASIK, some surgeons may offer Intralase (All-Laser LASIK) as an option for vision correction. Controversial among eye surgeons in Los Angeles, Intralase can cause very serious complications. The development of photophobia (light sensitivity) is one common problem associated with Intralase. Also, because of the prolonged and tremendously elevated eye pressure induced to cut a LASIK flap with laser, Intralase could occlude the central retinal artery causing permanent blindness.

Despite possible risks, in Los Angeles, Intralase is still occasionally performed by some surgeons. Because he is committed to his patients and giving them the best and safest vision correction possible, Dr. Ragen will not perform Intralase at the Ventura Eye Institute until these safety issues can be completely resolved.

Ventura Eye Institute performs Epilasik, wavefront, lasik, and intralase vision correction surgery near Los Angeles, California.

Contact us for complimentary information about this surgery in Los Angeles - LASIK eye surgery. Dr. Ragen will also help you to find out if LASIK or LASEK is the proper choice of vision correction for you. At Dr. Ragen’s Ventura/Los Angeles laser vision correction center, you will receive information about all laser vision correction procedures available today.

Directions to Our Office