LASIK

LASIK Specialist
LASIK, or laser eye surgery is a surgical procedure used to resolve problems with the patient’s vision so they won’t need to wear glasses or contacts anymore. Dr. Marvin Weitzman of Sorrento Valley Optometric Center offers the LASIK procedure to qualifying patients. If you’re interested in scheduling this procedure in San Diego, California, contact Sorrento Valley Optometric Center to make an appointment with Dr. Weitzman.

LASIK Q & A

What is LASIK?

LASIK surgery seeks to correct vision problems by changing the shape of your cornea, which is the surface of your eye. It uses a beam of light to remove small pieces of tissue to make the cornea steeper if you’re farsighted or make the cornea flatter if you’re nearsighted. It also can be used to smooth out irregularities in your cornea that affect your vision.

In any case, this procedure allows the cornea to focus images on the retina more accurately, producing better vision.

Is the procedure painful?

Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Weitzman uses anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes. Because of this medication, you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

After the procedure, some patients report some mild discomfort lasting for a day or two. Dr. Weitzman may prescribe some pain medication to keep you more comfortable during this time.

How long does the procedure last?

In most cases, the entire procedure takes around 15 minutes for each eye. However, the laser treatment itself takes only a minute to complete.

Who is a good candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is appropriate for most patients who are nearsighted, farsighted, and/or have astigmatism. However, LASIK may not be right for you if:

  • You’re under 21
  • You have problems with your eye that would interfere with healing, such as infection or glaucoma
  • You have an autoimmune disease
  • You’re pregnant or nursing

Can patients have both eyes treated at the same time?

In most cases, Dr. Weitzman treats both of your eyes at the same time. However, you can ask Dr. Weitzman whether both eyes can be treated simultaneously before scheduling the procedure.

Is the procedure safe?

Every surgical procedure comes with risks. In very rare cases, patients may have poorer vision after the procedure, nighttime glare, and/or dry eyes. However, many safeguards are in place to reduce the risk of these complications.

Dr. Weitzman can turn the laser on and off instantaneously. The beam of light used is non-thermal, so heat-related damage isn’t a concern. In addition, the beam of light is controlled by a computer for added accuracy.

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