LASIK Eye Surgery San Diego

Also Providing Laser Vision Correction in Hemet, Murrieta & Temecula

Do you suffer from poor vision and wish that you could see clearly without glasses or contacts? If so, then LASIK eye surgery at New Freedom Eye Center may be right for you! LASIK specialist Dr. Burns offers the best technology combined with extensive surgical experience for his Southern California patients.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a type of laser vision correction surgery used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. This procedure has helped millions of people in the United States and abroad eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

LASIK Eye Surgery San Diego

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK surgery is a very popular procedure that can offer many benefits to Dr. Burns’ San Diego and Temecula patients. While every patient’s experience with LASIK is different, most patients report satisfaction from the following benefits:

  • Virtually painless procedure
  • May no longer require glasses or contacts to see
  • Vision can be improved almost immediately
  • Relatively quick recovery process compared to other procedures

Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

While many patients who come to see Dr. Burns in San Diego qualify for LASIK eye surgery, the procedure is not for everyone. The following qualities make an ideal patient for LASIK eye surgery:

  • At least 18 years or older
  • Candidates should be in generally good health
  • Eyes are healthy and free from disease or abnormalities like infections or scars
  • Candidates’ vision needs to be consistent for at least a year before surgery date

Some additional factors that may prevent certain patients from having LASIK surgery include thin corneas, large pupils and keratoconus (bulging cornea). More serious vision problems, such as advanced glaucoma, might disqualify the potential patient altogether. Only a one-on-one consultation with an experienced LASIK specialist like Dr. Burns can help you decide if you can benefit from LASIK eye surgery.

LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

LASIK surgery consists of two major steps — the creation of a flap in the cornea and the reshaping of the underlying tissue. After anesthetizing your eyes with special drops, Dr. Burns begins the surgery by creating a tiny flap in the cornea (the clear surface of the eye). The conventional LASIK method uses an instrument called a microkeratome to cut the corneal flap. A microkeratome is an oscillating blade that is placed on the eye and moves back and forth, cutting the corneal tissue. However, Dr. Burns performs this step by using a special femtosecond laser making your LASIK procedure completely blade-free.

During the second step of your surgery, Dr. Burns lifts the corneal flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue. He then uses an excimer laser to gently reshape your cornea so that it properly refracts light rays. Lastly, Dr. Burns completes the LASIK procedure by folding the corneal flap back into place. The flap serves as a natural bandage, which means that our LASIK patients do not require stitches or eye bandages.

After your LASIK treatment, you will rest for a little while and then you will be free to go home. Dr. Burns recommends that you arrange for transportation as you will not be able to drive yourself. While many of our San Diego laser eye surgery patients are able to return to work the next day, you should take a few days off to ensure smooth healing.

LASIK Surgery Options

Individualized LASIK with CustomVue™ Technology

In order to provide our LASIK patients with the best possible laser vision correction results, we utilize some of the latest laser equipment, including the sophisticated VISX STAR S4 Excimer Laser with CustomVue™ technology. Dr. Burns begins each laser eye surgery by using the advanced WaveScan WaveFront technology, which allows him to create a map of the patient’s eye detailing irregularities that often go unnoticed in traditional LASIK scans. Each patient’s eye has a unique curvature, similar to the uniqueness of a fingerprint. The CustomVue™ system provides a highly precise measurement of the eye’s “fingerprint,” creating a customized laser profile to correct each eye.

Increased Safety with CustomVue™ Technology

CustomVue™ technology incorporates several features that allow Dr. Burns to provide laser eye treatments that are not only extremely precise but also very safe. For example, the system’s ActiveTrak 3D Active Eye Tracking Technology follows the minuscule eye movements during surgery and adjusts the laser automatically. In addition, CustomVue™ also includes advanced Iris Registration technology — the first FDA-approved, fully automated method of registering the iris and aligning the laser beam accordingly.

How Does IntraLase Work?

The advanced IntraLase femtosecond laser is used during the first phase of LASIK surgery to create the corneal flap. First, a special suction ring is placed on the eye to prevent it from moving. Then Dr. Burns applies the IntraLase laser, which pulses across the eye in a highly precise pattern. These pulses generate tiny air bubbles at a defined depth in the corneal tissue. Dr. Burns then separates the corneal flap from the eye before adjusting the eye’s refractive error with an excimer laser.

Why IntraLase?

IntraLase offers many benefits when compared to the traditional corneal flap creation method — a special scalpel called a microkeratome. The most important advantage of using IntraLase is that it eliminates many of the LASIK side effects associated with the flap. While LASIK complications are rare, sometimes patients experience blurred vision, double vision and/or nighttime haloes after undergoing this procedure. These vision problems often occur because of flap defects — uneven flap edges or other microkeratome-caused imperfections. When the surgeon uses IntraLase, these problems are largely eliminated.

Other reasons why our San Diego IntraLase patients choose this option include:

  • Improved LASIK outcomes
  • Decreased epithelial injury
  • More predictable flap thickness
  • Better astigmatic neutrality

Z-LASIK (Ziemer Femtosecond Laser)

The Ziemer FEMTO LDV Laser of Z-LASIK is the latest blade-free vision correction technology used for creating the corneal flap. The Ziemer laser is the latest IntraLASIK system from Switzerland that delivers unparalleled precision and accuracy during all-laser LASIK surgery.

How Does Z-LASIK Work?

The Ziemer FEMTO LDV laser applies a focused, low-energy laser beam to the surface of the eye to create microscopic bubbles at a precise depth within the cornea. The laser energy is delivered through a lens that is held against the eye, causing the separation of a thin layer of the cornea and creating the LASIK flap.


The Ziemer FEMTO LDV laser offers tremendous control, thereby allowing Dr. Burns to create a LASIK flap of desired thickness, size, orientation and location that is unique to each patient’s eye and vision correction needs. The laser uses ultra-fast, tightly focused laser beams to create microscopic bubbles within the cornea. The bubbles disappear immediately after the flap is lifted, creating a smooth surface that is essential in the self-sealing process of the corneal flap after LASIK.

When compared to other types of femtosecond lasers, the Ziemer FEMTO LDV laser offers the following benefits:

  • Increased speed, safety and accuracy
  • Increased likelihood of 20/20 vision or better
  • Reduced risk of flap complications
  • Reduced possibility of poor nighttime vision

Allegretto WaveLight LASIK San DiegoWaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400 Excimer Laser

Dr. Burns uses the state-of-the-art WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400 excimer laser to provide the safest, most effective eye care possible. The WaveLight Allegretto excimer laser is the fastest laser currently available in the United States and features improved pulse technology, an eye tracking system for accuracy and wavefront optimization, all of which contribute to fast and painless treatment, smooth recovery and excellent vision correction results.

How Does WaveLight Allegretto Work?

The WaveLight Allegretto excimer laser delivers 400 laser bursts per second, taking less than one minute to correct most refractive errors in the eye. It features PerfectPulse Technology and eye-tracking to follow the eye’s movement during surgery and ensure accurate placement of each pulse on the cornea. Its wavefront optimization system adjusts the laser beam every two to three milliseconds, measuring the eye’s location and tracking its movement. If the eye moves out of range, the laser will automatically stop and wait for the eye to move back into position. The WaveLight Allegretto laser is capable of treating large optical zones, which is especially important for better night vision and glare control.

Why WaveLight Allegretto Eye-W 400?

The WaveLight Allegretto is recognized for its many advantages, including:

  • Shorter surgery time
  • Increased safety
  • Maximum accuracy
  • Control and reliability
  • Excellent results
  • Improved night vision
  • Reduced risk of glare

LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Most LASIK specialists perform LASIK eye surgery on both eyes at the same time.

Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

You should not feel pain during your LASIK procedure in San Diego, because LASIK specialist Dr. Burns will administer anesthetic eye drops prior to surgery.

Is LASIK eye surgery safe?

While LASIK is considered a very safe procedure it does carries certain risks. While occurring in less than 1% of all LASIK cases, complications include double vision, dry eye and nighttime haloes and starbursts. During your personal consultation, Dr. Burns will explain these and other issues you should consider when deciding if LASIK is the right choice for you.

How long does LASIK eye surgery take?

The laser treatment usually takes less than a minute, and the whole process takes about 15 minutes per eye.

What is iLASIK?

iLASIK is a bladeless, all-laser LASIK procedure that utilizes CustomVue™ technology in conjunction with the IntraLase femtosecond laser for individualized and precise refractive laser eye surgery results.

How much does LASIK cost in San Diego?

Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery in San Diego will typically fall between $1,500 and $2,500 per eye. The price will generally include a pre-op consultation, surgeon’s fee, hospital fees, and post-surgery care. San Diego LASIK patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Burns to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized price quote.

Will I be able to drive home after my LASIK procedure?

No, we do ask that you have a responsible driver take you home after LASIK eye surgery. Though your vision may seem quite clear after surgery, some blurriness is common for several hours after your surgery.

When am I able to return to work after my LASIK procedure?

Typically, patients in San Diego and surrounding areas return to work the day after their procedure.

When can I resume wearing makeup?

It is best to return to eye makeup a week after your LASIK eye surgery. We also suggest you throw out your old makeup and purchase new makeup to decrease the risk of infection. A perfect excuse for a new makeup shopping spree.

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Schedule Your Consultation for LASIK in San Diego

If you would like to find out if LASIK eye surgery is right for you, contact the New Freedom Eye Center in San Diego or Temecula today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Burns.