LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, describes the laser correction of a patient's cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Most patients with these vision conditions are candidates for the LASIK procedure, which is performed by the ophthalmologists at Southwest Eye Care and Laser in Bakersfield. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision within 24 hours following LASIK surgery.
Dr. Stainer: LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ
Keratomileusis. This is a lot of language, but what it really
means is that we can place your optical correction within your
cornea and have you see better without glasses. Whether you're
nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatism, we can place that
correction on the corneal surface. Most patients are a candidate
for LASIK, unless their refraction or correction is unstable,
whether they're eyes are dry, or if the cornea is too thin.
LASIK is for that patient that wants to be free of glasses.
Lindsay: Yes, I'm very happy with the results. I don't have to wear
glasses to watch television anymore; I don't have to wear
glasses for target shooting. I have a lot more freedom,
Dr. Stainer: First, we're going to do a complete examination on you.
Then we're going to do a pentacam examination and make sure your
corneal curvature is appropriate. After we determine you are a
candidate, then we'll setup an appointment at Millennium Surgery
Center and perform the procedure there.
Lindsay: I would definitely recommend LASIK surgery to people who want
more freedom with their eyesight and be able to do things that
require your long-distance vision without glasses. I do
recommend Southwest Eye Care. I've had a very good experience
Dr. Stainer: Usually after the LASIK procedure, patients will see 20/20
within 24 hours. If you'd like more information regarding LASIK,
you can contact me at the office.