LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Los Angeles

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Last updated 9/21/2023
Dr. Assil explains why LASIK may be the best decision for you.

The best LASIK eye surgery in Los Angeles

Assil Gaur Eye Institute (AGEI) is well known for performing the best LASIK surgery in Los Angeles and has been named as one of the top Ophthalmologists year after year by Los Angeles Magazine 

 

Our exclusive EagleVision®️ LASIK laser eye surgery is the choice of Lebron James, Anthony Davis, and thousands more who trust their vision to us.

 

Kerry K. Assil, MD, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in refractive surgery, having made significant advances in the field with his numerous inventions. Additionally, he has the unique distinction of having trained thousands of eye surgeons in the latest refractive surgical techniques.

What is LASIK eye surgery?

 

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is an eye surgery that permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the clear front part of the eye).

 

LASIK is performed to give patients clear vision and reduce an individual dependency on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

 

Using the iDesign Refractive studio, the VISX S4 Intralase™ excimer laser customized with Assil Gaur Eye Institute’s new proprietary surgical algorithm and a larger, elliptically shaped corneal flap with our EagleVision LASIK, our surgeons can correct the focusing error at every one of the 1,240 optical zones on the eye’s surface with great precision.

 

What conditions does LASIK treat?

LASIK surgery is highly effective in correcting visual errors (known as refractive errors) for most people with:

 

Nearsightedness (myopia)

If you have myopia, you can see objects clearly when they are up close, but things in the distance appear blurry. LASIK reshapes the cornea, allowing light to focus properly on the retina and improving your distance vision.

Farsightedness (hyperopia)

If you have hyperopia, distant objects are clearer to you, but you may struggle with focusing on nearby objects. LASIK corrects hyperopia by reshaping the cornea to adjust how light enters your eye, enhancing your near vision.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism causes blurred vision at any distance due to an irregularly shaped cornea. It often occurs alongside myopia or hyperopia. LASIK reshapes the cornea to correct the irregularities, resulting in clearer vision.

 

Presbyopia (age-related hyperopia)

As you age, the lens of your eye becomes less flexible, making it difficult to focus on objects up close. While LASIK cannot directly address presbyopia by targeting the cornea, a technique called monovision can be used. With monovision, LASIK corrects one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. Your brain fuses the images together, allowing you to see objects at different focal points. 

 

Are all LASIK surgeries the same? 

NO! LASIK was originally developed over 30 years ago, and its technological improvements have been revolutionary. There have been five significant evolutions in LASIK surgery techniques over the years. 

 

As expected, newer technology has deprecated older LASIK surgeries. Unfortunately, some are still performed at chain-style LASIK centers and via “Groupon type offers” and overseas, such as in China.

 

EagleVision®️ laser eye surgery (“Elliptical-flap Aberrometry Guided Laser Enhanced Vision”) is the latest evolution of LASIK surgery. Developed at the Assil Gaur Eye Institute after years of refinements by renowned LASIK expert Dr. Kerry Assil. We believe EagleVision LASIK offers the best outcome of any LASIK technology available today. 

 

Learn more about the five evolutions of LASIK technology.

 

Lebron James LASIK, Assil Gaur Eye Institute LASIK patient

 

What makes EagleVision®️ LASIK surgery today’s gold standard LASIK surgery? 

EagleVision was originally created to offer athletes who engage in high-contact sports (such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Anthony Davis, to name a few) and highly physical jobs the most rugged and individualized results possible. We have also found that EagleVision further reduces the potential side effects of LASIK, such as glare and halos while driving at night.

 

With EagleVision, Dr. Assil combined leading-edge technologies with his advanced surgical techniques and custom algorithms for each patient to provide a unique approach to flap creation and corneal sculpting. The benefits of EagleVision include sharper visual acuity, quicker healing, and greater flap stability (which is especially important to those who engage in high-contact activities).

 

We believe EagleVision offers the best outcome of any LASIK technology available today. 

 

Learn more about EagleVision LASIK works.

iDesign LASIK Surgery

In addition to EagleVision LASIK, Assil Gaur Eye Institute also offers iDesign LASIK eye surgery. iDesign is a 4th evolution LASIK procedure that uses wavefront technology, offering significantly better surgical outcomes than any prior evolution of LASIK. It remains a very good technology, and the only acceptable alternative to EagleVision offered at the Assil Gaur Eye Institute.

 

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How long does LASIK surgery take to perform?

The actual LASIK eye surgery is typically very quick, taking under ten minutes for both eyes. However, this time estimate does not include the preparation before the surgery and the brief recovery time immediately afterward. If you include these, the total time spent at the clinic might be a couple of hours.

 

What’s the recovery from a LASIK procedure?

After 30 minutes, when your anesthesia wears off, you may feel mild eye irritation, burning, itching, tearing, and light sensitivity. This will only last a couple of hours, and most patients are comfortable enough to return to work the next day. In most cases, you'll begin to see more clearly right away.

 

After your surgery, there will be a series of post-op appointments with our Assil Gaur Eye Institute team, the first usually the day after the procedure.

 

The full recovery time before you can resume all activities (including more strenuous ones like sports) can vary, but it's usually around two weeks. As always, these timeframes can vary based on individual circumstances, and you will learn your exact timelines during your post-surgical consults with our doctors.

 

Learn more about LASIK surgery recovery.

How do I pick the best LASIK surgeon near me in Los Angeles?

At Assil Gaur Eye Institute of Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on offering the most advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art LASIK technology. This is to provide our patients with the safest, most effective procedure designed to optimize their experience and visual outcomes.

 

Equally important is a patient's post-LASIK follow-up care, and nobody in the nation offers better or more comprehensive post-surgical patient care. Though problems are very rare with our patients, it is critically important to catch and address any issue expediently, no matter where you have your surgery performed.

 

The AGEI team comprises the finest board-certified ophthalmology specialists in the United States. Led by Dr. Kerry Assil, voted best LASIK eye surgeon in Los Angeles five years in a row by Los Angeles Magazine.

 

Dr. Assil has spent almost three decades helping develop and advance LASIK laser vision correction technology. His experience includes being involved in countless clinical trials and serving as an ophthalmologist medical advisor for laser technology manufacturers for twenty years.

 

Ready to get rid of your eyeglasses? You owe it to yourself to talk with the LASIK experts at AGEI

 

We welcome you to request your complimentary LASIK eye exam with our LASIK eye surgeons. Our surgeons and optometrists will closely examine your eyes and tell you if you and your lifestyle are good candidates for LASIK. We will also explain how we perform the surgery and answer your questions.

 

Please call us at (866) 945-2745 or click here to request a free consultation to learn if LASIK is right for you. 

 

Assil Gaur Eye Institute's nationally recognized ophthalmologists are internationally known experts in vision correction. Be it LASIK, PRK, LASEK, ICLs, Refractive Lens Exchange, or cataract surgery for vision correction, we have you covered at our Beverly Hills and Santa Monica eye centers.

 

We are California’s premier eye institute treating conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye conditions, dry eye, and many others, with the best patient care available anywhere.

 

Assil Gaur Eye Institute team of ophthalmological surgeons is conveniently located for patients throughout Southern California and the Los Angeles area with access near Beverly Hills off Wilshire Blvd and Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Culver City, Hollywood, Venice, Marina del Rey, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, and Downtown Los Angeles.

 

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LASIK FAQs

Is LASIK painful? 

No. We provide medication to help relax you during the procedure, we need you comfortable but conscience. We use a series of drops during the procedure, including numbing drops, you may feel slight pressure, but no pain.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery? 

Certain eye or general health conditions can make LASIK’s outcome less predictable. During your LASIK consultation, we will ask the following questions to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK:

 

  • Has your vision prescription changed in the past year? If your vision has changed greatly within the last 12 months, then it may be advisable to wait before undergoing LASIK surgery. If your vision continues to change, you might have to repeat the procedure.
  • How high is your vision prescription? While there are limitations to LASIK technology with certain refractive errors, we offer a variety of refractive procedures. Our specialist will review other options if needed.
  • Do you have any health conditions, eye disease, or vision problems? If you suffer from severe dry eye syndrome, you may not be a good candidate for LASIK as occasionally LASIK can worsen dry eye symptoms.
  • Are you in good general health? People with severe immune illnesses with ocular manifestations, such as type 1 diabetes with active retinal disease, are generally unsuitable candidates for LASIK.
  • Do you have a very thin cornea? Corneal thickness is another important consideration because we wish to ensure a residual (post-sculpting) corneal thickness that will not be prone to progressive shape changes. 

I was told over the years by eye doctors that I was not a LASIK candidate. Is that still true?

LASIK technology has evolved significantly over the years, and many people considered ineligible for LASIK five or ten years ago may easily qualify for it today.

 

If you are not considered a good LASIK candidate, the good news is that at AGEI, our eye surgeons also perform various other vision correction procedures.

How much does LASIK cost?

We know that the cost of LASIK plays a major role in considering eye surgery. Being the most experienced eye institute in Los Angeles, many people look to Assil Gaur Eye Institute for a reliable range of costs for eye care and vision enhancement procedures. Learn more about pricing and financing options here.

Is LASIK covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for LASIK surgery can vary depending on the specific insurance plan and provider. In general, most standard health insurance plans do not cover LASIK because it is considered an elective or cosmetic procedure rather than a medically necessary one.

Are you awake during LASIK surgery?

Yes, LASIK only requires local anesthesia. Patients are made to feel comfortable. Having the patient remain awake allows the surgeon to assess the moment-to-moment progression of the procedure more effectively to achieve the best possible results. Furthermore, a sophisticated tracking device monitors involuntary eye movement and adjusts the laser instantaneously.

How long will my vision be blurry after LASIK?

It's normal to experience blurriness or haziness in your vision immediately after LASIK surgery. This is because your eyes are healing and adjusting to the changes made during the procedure. Most patients notice a significant improvement in their vision within the first day or two after surgery.

Can you go blind after LASIK?

While it is infrequent, it is possible to experience vision loss or blindness after LASIK surgery. However, the risk of serious complications is very low, and LASIK is generally considered a safe and effective procedure for vision correction.

What not to do after LASIK?

It is very important that you don't rub your eye. It takes one week after surgery for the corneal flap to fully heal, and rubbing can disrupt it.

Can you wear contacts after LASIK?

It is generally not recommended to wear contact lenses immediately after LASIK surgery, as the eyes will need time to heal and adjust to the changes made during the procedure.

 

In general, patients may need to wait several weeks before wearing contact lenses after LASIK, and it may be necessary to have a new contact lens prescription, as your vision may have changed after LASIK.

How safe is LASIK?

LASIK is FDA-approved and considered a safe and effective procedure for vision correction. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the overall complication rate for LASIK is estimated to be less than 1 percent.

Can LASIK fix farsightedness?

Yes, LASIK can correct farsightedness (hyperopia), which occurs when the cornea is too flat, or the eye is too short, causing light to focus behind the retina instead of directly on it. During LASIK, the cornea is reshaped using a laser to correct the refractive error and improve vision.

How long after LASIK can I drive?

Most patients can drive within a few days after the procedure. However, following your doctor's instructions and feeling comfortable and confident in your vision before getting behind the wheel is essential.

Can LASIK fix lazy eye?

No. LASIK surgery is primarily designed to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It is not used to treat lazy eyes, also known as amblyopia.

 

 

Articles about LASIK and Laser Vision Correction from our blog

 

Kerry K. Assil, MD, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in refractive surgery, having made significant advances in the field with his numerous inventions. Additionally, he has the unique distinction of having trained thousands of eye surgeons in the latest refractive surgical techniques.

 

Dr. Assil has authored over one hundred textbooks, textbook chapters, and articles on refractive surgery and has appeared regularly on major television network news programs as a pioneer in refractive surgery. He also leads educational forums for other eye care professionals, including featured lectureships at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and Tokyo University.

 

 

Sources

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/surgery-devices/lasik 

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/lasik/what-lasik 

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/lasik/what-should-i-expect-during-and-after-surgery 

 

 

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  • Dr. Kerry Assil, Beverly Hills LASIK and Cataract Surgeon

    Kerry K. Assil, MD, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in refractive surgery, having made significant advances in the field with his numerous inventions. Additionally he has the unique distinction of having trained thousands of eye surgeons in the latest refractive surgical techniques.

     

    Dr. Assil has authored more than one hundred textbooks, textbook chapters and articles on refractive surgery and has appeared regularly on major television network news programs as a pioneer in refractive surgery. He also leads educational forums for other eye care professionals, which have included featured lectureships at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and Tokyo University.

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