Dr. Burns is a highly skilled LASIK surgeon who has treated many patients throughout the Southern California region, including Temecula, Hemet, Sun City and Murrieta. From his main offices in San Diego, he offers the best technology combined with extensive surgical experience. The most popular type of refractive surgery in San Diego is LASIK. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Burns describes this procedure.
What is LASIK?
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. While LASIK might be the most popular laser refractive surgery, there are several other types of laser vision correction treatments. For example, PRK – the “original” laser eye surgery – is still being performed on thousands of patients every year. In addition to PRK, Dr. Burns also offers his San Diego laser eye surgery patients the advanced LASEK procedure and the sophisticated iLASIK treatment.
Use our contact page to schedule a complimentary consultation with San Diego LASIK surgeon Dr. Burns to determine which laser vision correction procedure can help you achieve your vision goals.
Your LASIK Procedure
LASIK procedure 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). He performs this procedure using a special laser called the IntraLase femtosecond laser. This approach means that your LASIK procedure is completely blade-free.
During the second step of your LASIK procedure, Dr. Burns lifts the corneal flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue. He then uses a special excimer laser to gently reshape your cornea. The goal is to correct the corneal shape so that it refracts light rays properly. 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.
Are You a Candidate for LASIK?
While many patients who come to see Dr. Burns qualify for LASIK surgery, this procedure is not for everyone. The ideal LASIK candidate is an adult with healthy eyes and a stable vision correction prescription. Minor eye problems, such as dry eye and pink eye, can be corrected prior to LASIK surgery and therefore usually do not prevent patients from undergoing LASIK.
However, more serious vision problems, such as advanced glaucoma, might disqualify the potential patient altogether. Other factors that prevent certain patients from receiving LASIK surgery include thin corneas, large pupils and keratoconus (bulging cornea). Only a one-on-one consultation with the experienced LASIK specialist Dr. Burns can help you decide if you could benefit from LASIK eye surgery.
While LASIK is considered a very safe procedure it does carries certain risks. While occurring in less than 1 percent 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. If you choose not to proceed with this procedure, Dr. Burns is proud to offer a range of alternatives, including PRK and LASEK. In addition, he performs RLE whereby he corrects patients’ vision with the help of permanent implantable lenses, such as ReStor or Crystalens. While most surgeons only offer these lenses in conjunction with cataract surgery, or laser cataract surgery, Dr. Burns has multiple years experience using them as a highly effective LASIK alternative.