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LASIK: Step-by-Step

Wow! That’s how LASIK works

LASIK is a laser eye surgery procedure that corrects your vision by reshaping your cornea so that light is able to focus more precisely on your retina. With the LASIK procedure, Dr. Manger will personalize your correction based on his vast experience and surgical expertise and by using only the most state-of-the-art technologies available. In fact, Dr. Manger has 7 lasers on site to give you the most advanced, customized LASIK procedure available today.

Step 1 — Comprehensive, 14-test diagnostic exam

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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. You will personally be examined by Dr. Manger at this exam. Many other LASIK surgeons don’t take the time for this important exam and instead rely on professionals who do not have the same skills and qualifications to conduct the exam for them. Schedule your free* LASIK exam.

Step 2 — Making the LASIK flap

The LASIK surgery procedure exclusively uses the advanced technology of a femtosecond laser. This laser 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 a metal oscillating 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.

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. After your vision has been corrected, the flap is replaced to ensure postoperative comfort.

Step 3 — Correcting your vision

wavefront imageThis 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 procedure. 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.

Step 4 — Live a lifetime of wonderment

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. So can you.

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.

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