LASIK Specialist

Mission Viejo Optometric Center

Optometrists located in Mission Viejo, CA

LASIK is an innovative solution to correct your vision and address your eye concerns. At Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Mission Viejo, California, Dr. Tanya Lau, OD, provides this effective treatment for men and women in Orange County. During your LASIK eye surgery consultation, Dr. Lau helps you determine if the procedure is right for you. Call or use online booking to schedule your consultation today.

Lasik Q&A

Mission Viejo Optometric Center

What is LASIK?

LASIK is an eye surgery involving the use of advanced and highly effective laser technology to correct the deterioration and changes in the shape of your corneas, which are the transparent layer that forms the front of your eye.

LASIK is used to correct a number of common vision problems, including:

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is an age-related condition that involves farsightedness caused by a loss of elasticity in the lens of your eye.

Farsightedness

If you’re farsighted, you’re able to see objects far away better than close-up.

Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness means you can only see things that are close to you, but objects far away appear blurry.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is common. If you have astigmatism, there’s a deviation in the spherical curvature of your eye that causes blurry, distorted images. LASIK eye surgery corrects and reshapes the deformation in your cornea to make sure that light can be properly refracted to your retina. Reshaping your cornea gives you clear vision.

What can I expect at my LASIK consultation?

Prior to your LASIK eye surgery consultation, you’ll need to stop wearing your contact lenses for two weeks. Contacts can temporarily change the shape of your cornea, and Dr. Lau needs to be able to evaluate the natural shape of your cornea.

During your consultation, Dr. Lau goes over your medical history and discusses why you’re interested in LASIK eye surgery. Dr. Lau conducts a comprehensive eye exam to assess your eye health and determine if your eyes are healthy enough for surgery.

Dr. Lau tests your pupil dilation and eye pressure, confirms your prescription, and measures the curvature and thickness of your corneas.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

To be a good candidate for LASIK, you must have realistic goals about what you can achieve with the surgery. For some people, LASIK may be a permanent solution, but for others, continuing natural changes in your eye could mean that even in the future after LASIK, you might still require reading glasses or corrective eyewear.

LASIK isn’t suitable for:

  • Children or adolescents
  • People with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, herpes, HIV, and other infections or conditions that can affect the eyes
  • People with cataracts, glaucoma, thin corneas, dry eyes, or large pupils

You must have good eye health to be a suitable candidate, and your prescription must have stayed the same for the previous year. Only certain prescriptions can be corrected with LASIK.

To learn more, call Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Orange County or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.