LASIK Eye Surgery San Diego

Providing Laser Vision Correction in Southern California

Do you suffer from poor vision and wish that you could see clearly without glasses or contacts? If so, then LASIK eye surgery with Dr. Richard Burns may be right for you! Dr. Burns is a highly skilled LASIK Surgeon in San Diego who has treated many patients throughout the Southern California region, including Temecula, Hemet, Sun City and Murrieta. From his main office in San Diego, LASIK specialist Dr. Burns offers the best technology combined with extensive surgical experience for his Southern California patients. The most popular type of refractive surgery in San Diego is LASIK. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Burns describes the LASIK procedure along with the benefits that patients experience from it, and explains what makes a patient an ideal candidate for laser eye surgery.

Are you experiencing blurred or cloudy vision from a cataract that is making it difficult for you to live your everyday life? At New Freedom Eye Center in San Diego, Dr. Burns has many years’ experience performing cataract eye surgery, during which time he has helped numerous patients throughout Southern California regain clear, crisp vision. Dr. Burns frequently treats cataracts patients from San Diego, Temecula, Sun City, Hemet and Murrieta. He performs each cataracts procedure with the utmost attention and dedication, consistently delivering results that meet or surpass the expectations of his patients. Please explore this page to learn more about cataract surgery and advanced intraocular lens implants (IOLs) offered by Dr. Burns.

LASIK Eye Surgery San Diego

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. 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.

The Benefits of having LASIK Eye Surgery in San Diego

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:

  • The LASIK procedure is virtually painless
  • Patients may no longer need glasses or contacts
  • Vision can be improved almost immediately
  • The recovery process is relatively quick compared to other procedures

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.

Good Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery in San Diego

While many patients who come to see Dr. Burns in San Diego qualify for LASIK eye surgery, this 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

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.

LASIK Alternatives

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.

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.


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.


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 Dr. Burns 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.

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.