What is Lasik?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in North America. It is a highly effective outpatient procedure that is suitable for most low, moderate and higher prescriptions. LASIK uses a cool beam of light from the an excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye.
Custom LASIK is a procedure that enables your surgeon to further customize the conventional LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. This customized procedure may result in patients seeing clearer and sharper than ever before. FDA studies show that Custom LASIK may produce better vision than is possible with contact lenses or glasses.
What is Bladeless LASIK?
In the LASIK and Custom LASIK procedures, a flap of corneal tissue must be created and then folded back. The cornea is the transparent dome-like structure that covers the iris and pupil of your eye. By creating a flap in the cornea, the surgeon is able to perform the laser vision correction treatment on the inner layer of the cornea and allows for a rapid visual recovery. With Bladeless LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create the corneal flap. This technology enables the surgeon the ability to customize the corneal flap for every individual patient. In recent studies done by IntraLase, this technology may now make it possible to treat those who were previously dismissed as non candidates due to thin corneas.
Am I a Candidate?
In most cases, LASIK can treat the most severe degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Candidates must have realistic expectations about their results – LASIK is not right for everyone. To be a potential candidate for LASIK you must be at least 18 years old, in good general health, and have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. Only an in-depth examination of your eyes, your individual case, your expectations and your lifestyle by an experienced, licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist can determine if you are a candidate. At Golden Optometric, in coordination with our affiliate partners, we periodically provide our patients with free LASIK consultations held right here in our offices. Representatives from the LASIK centers are here to personally answer any questions you may have. As there are always a limited number of patients that can be seen during this time, please check our events page frequently for announcements as to when these events are taking place.
The Best Surgeons
We co-manage LASIK evaluation, surgery, and post-operative care with some of the best eye surgeons anywhere. Together we provide care for you before and after surgery, with eye doctors who know your history and your eyes.
Kerry Assil, M.D.
Dr. Kerry Assil is a world-renowned expert in refractive surgery. He has invented and pioneered several surgical procedures, including the Intrastromal Corneal Ring (ICR), combined technique RK, Phakic IOL, and myopic and hyperoptic LASIK. He has been featured on all major local and national news stations. He has the distinction of having taught his procedures to thousands of eye surgeons from all over the world. Dr. Assil has authored more than one hundred textbooks, textbook chapters and articles, and has lectured worldwide, including at such prestigious universities as Harvard, John Hopkins, and Tokyo University. Dr. Assil is the Medical Director and CEO of the Assil Eye Institute in Beverly Hills, California.
Amarpreet Brar, M.D.
Board certified for more than 10 years, Dr. Brar has performed more than 4,000 LASIK procedures. He specializes in LASIK, PRK, LASEK, Cataracts, intraocular lenses, custom LASIK and Wavefront technology. He is also an expert in implanting multifocal, accommodating, TORIC and monofocal intraocular lenses.
Franklin W. Lusby, M.D.
Dr. Franklin W. Lusby is a renowned, highly qualified specialist in laser refractive surgeries. His extensive experience can be traced back to the beginnings of modern vision correction procedures and he has performed more than 45,000 refractive surgeries in the United States, Mexico, and China. He has been at the forefront of the field and has performed thousands of successful PRK surgeries over the last 17 years. He continues to perform PRK surgeries as well as LASIK, Custom LASIK, Intralase®, and more.
Tom Tooma, M.D.
Dr. Tom Tooma, Founder and Medical Director of NVISION Laser Eye Centers (formerly a part of TLC Laser Eye Centers) has performed more than 100,000 LASIK procedures, including procedures on more than 250 eye doctors. Dr. Tooma has many firsts including being the first in California to perform LASIK surgery, first to perform Custom Wavefront Guided LASIK, and first in the U.S. to use the Femtosecond Laser (IntraLase FS30 – All Laser LASIK). Dr. Tooma has held positions at Loma Linda University as Chief and Director of Cornea Service and Director of Refractive Surgery.