LASIK: Step-by-Step

Wow! That’s how LASIK works

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We often get asked, “How does LASIK work?”. LASIK is a laser eye surgery procedure that corrects your vision by reshaping your cornea so that light can focus more precisely on your retina. Dr. Manger will personalize your LASIK procedure based on his vast experience and surgical expertise using only the most state-of-the-art technologies available. In fact, Dr. Manger has seven lasers on-site to give you the most advanced, customized LASIK procedure to ensure how does laser eye surgery work will address your vision problem.

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If you’re wondering how does LASIK work, each LASIK procedure starts with wisdom. This wisdom comes from understanding the health of your eyes through our proprietary 2½-hour, 14-test diagnostic LASIK exam. At our center, a leading specialist will personally oversee your initial exam, providing comprehensive answers to your questions about how does LASIK work. Other LASIK surgeons don’t take the time for this crucial exam or to address your concerns regarding how does LASIK surgery work instead rely on professionals who do not have the same skills and qualifications to conduct the exam for them. Schedule your free LASIK exam. 


The LASIK surgery procedure exclusively uses the advanced technology of a femtosecond laser. To answer how does eye surgery work, LASIK technology enables a 100% blade-free procedure and is used to create a thin flap of corneal tissue that is folded out of the way. Conventional LASIK relies on a microkeratome, a surgical instrument with an oscillating metal blade, to create the corneal flap. Using a femtosecond laser is much more precise and contributes to a faster recovery with less chance for complications. On occasion, the Intralase procedure cannot be performed on a patient due to various eye conditions such as corneal scarring, small orbits, or previous refractive surgeries. In these cases, PRK may be considered as an alternative to LASIK. The difference between how does PRK work and how does LASIK work is although both procedures use laser technology, PRK reshapes or removes your cornea’s outer layer, which will grow back over time. 

Before the flap is made, your eye will be cleaned and then numbed with a series of drops. Once the flap is created, Dr. Manger can perform your vision correction in Step 3. While LASIK how does it work and how does LASEK work is fairly the same, the corneal flap created with LASEK is significantly thinner compared to the LASIK eye procedure.  After your vision has been corrected, the flap is replaced to ensure postoperative comfort.

This is where Dr. Manger ensures your superior and personalized WOW outcome, thanks to his elite surgical expertise and the use of the most advanced laser-vision-correcting technologies available anywhere. To correct your vision, Dr. Manger reshapes your cornea using pulses of light from an excimer laser. Once he has finished reshaping your cornea, the flap made in Step 2 is replaced. The flap will heal on its own, and stitches are not required.

Dr. Manger is one of only a few LASIK surgeons in the U.S. to have the nation’s top lasers used for reshaping your eye and correcting your vision. Dr. Manger’s excimer lasers feature advanced eye-tracking devices that automatically follow any eye movement that occurs during the LASIK procedure. These eye trackers are so sophisticated that they can track eye movements up to 1000 times per second. This ensures that the laser beam is centered on your eye at all times during the procedure. He also uses wavefront laser technology, which allows him to personalize your vision correction during your surgery. Dr. Manger selects the best technology for your individual eyes because a “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t ensure superior outcomes.

Keep in mind that a successful laser eye procedure cannot rely on technology alone. Before operating, a LASIK surgeon makes more than TWO DOZEN decisions for EACH EYE. Every surgeon will make those decisions differently. No other LASIK surgeon can match the experience and skill of Dr. Manger.

Dr. Manger’s final step of the LASIK procedure is for you to go out and live life to its fullest, with your newfound freedom from glasses and contacts. In fact, 100% of our LASIK patients do just that — they live a life of wonderment. Experience the benefits and see laser eye surgery how does it work.

Recovery from LASIK is a relatively quick process compared to other forms of surgery. You are encouraged to wear high quality, polarized sunglasses following your LASIK procedure. Most patients can return to normal activities such as driving, going to work, using a computer, reading, and watching TV the very next day.

Ready to schedule your free* LASIK exam? Call us at Saddleback Eye Center today at 877-351-3937 or schedule your exam online.

Schedule your free* LASIK exam online

Take the first step toward freedom from glasses and contacts Schedule your free* LASIK exam online and receive a certificate for special LASIK savings.

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Note: LASIK Exam Appointments Are Approx. 2 Hours Long

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*Offer limited to 10 free LASIK exams per day. Regular fee schedule available at time of consultation. $200 exam fee will apply to patients who have had any previous eye surgery. This fee will be applied towards surgical procedure.

On occasion, the Intralase procedure cannot be performed on a patient due to various eye conditions such as corneal scarring, small orbits or previous refractive surgeries. In these cases, PRK may be considered as an alternative to LASIK.

Cannot be combined with other offers or insurance. LASIK $1,950-$3,350 per eye. $800 discount when LASIK is performed on both eyes. Single-eye LASIK procedures receive a $400 discount.

Receive an additional $250 discount per eye when you have your LASIK exam and LASIK procedure done on the same day. Regular fee schedule available at time of examination. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Certificate has no cash value.

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce and potentially eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks that will be discussed with you prior to having your procedure. These risks include, but are not limited to fluctuating vision, visual symptoms like glare or haloes around lights, dry eyes that require eye drops, and the occasional need for a retreatment.

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