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LASIK (or “Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis”) is one of the safest and most effective vision correction procedures. The first cases were performed in the US in 1989 and now an average of 700,000 cases are performed annually. It is an outpatient refractive procedure that is used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and in certain cases presbyopia.

San Diego ophthalmologist Michael Tracy, MD is an expert when it comes to performing LASIK procedures. He’s successfully treated thousands of patients, with either LASIK or PRK surgeries.
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LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea using a laser. The entire process is fast and painless, and is appropriate for many patients.

Before the procedure begins, Dr. Tracy will apply numbing drops to prevent any pain or discomfort. Next, a thin, circular flap is created in the outer layer of the cornea so that the stroma, or underlying cornea, can be exposed. This can be completed in two different ways. Some doctors utilize a mechanical surgical blade, called a microkeratome, that cuts the thin flap. While good results are possible with this technique, Dr. Tracy prefers to use a laser, called a femtosecond laser, to cut the flap because it reduces the risk of certain possible complications. 
How LASIK Reshapes Your Eye

Once the stroma is exposed, an excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying cornea. This is a highly specialized laser with an ultraviolet light beam that’s used to remove microscopic layers of tissue to reshape the cornea. Individuals who are nearsighted will have their corneas flattened, while individuals who are farsighted will have their corneas made to be steeper. Individuals with astigmatism can also be treated. Unlike eyes that are nearsighted or farsighted, astigmatic eyes are irregularly shaped. The excimer laser can smooth out the irregular portions of the cornea to create a more normal, spherical shape.

After the cornea has been reshaped, the outer corneal flap is laid back in place. The eye is allowed to heal naturally with the help of antibiotic and steroid drops. One of the best features of the LASIK procedure is that down time is reduced to only a few days. Patients can begin to see improvement after LASIK in their eyesight in as little as 24 hours.

While LASIK remains very popular, another procedure, called PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is gaining increasing popularity. PRK is actually an older procedure, and many experienced surgeons are now going back to performing this procedure and choosing this option for their patients for a variety of reasons. Learn more about PRK surgery.
How Much Does Laser Eye Surgery Cost?

LASIK eye surgery cost can vary based on the technology and equipment used, surgeon experience, and geographic area. It can typically cost between $2,000 and $4,000 per eye. Be careful of some of the lower fees advertised, as they may be bait-and-switch techniques, involving unreasonable conditions and restrictions, or the laser center may be using older, outdated technologies such as the microkeratome blade.

San Diego Ophthalmologist Dr. Tracy utilizes the most advanced technologies and equipment, performing blade-free, all-laser surgery. We charge one flat fee for your procedure, which includes all pre-operative evaluations, surgery, and post-operative care. At Carlsbad Eye Care, Dr. Tracy performs all pre- and post-op care himself, including the initial evaluation. We offer no-interest Credit Care financing and payment plans to help make the cost of your procedure affordable. This will allow you to make small monthly payments over a period of time in accordance with your budget.
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To schedule your free consultation with a LASIK expert in Carlsbad, please call us at (760) 603-9910.
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