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LASIK stands for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis. It is a minimally invasive laser procedure that is used to correct refractive errors of the cornea. The procedure is virtually painless and usually only lasts for 15 minutes or less, with the laser portion typically lasting 10-30 seconds.

Laser Vision Correction - The Vantage Difference
At Vantage Eye Center, you can be assured that your eye procedure will be performed by the most experienced and skilled surgeons, and using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques available. We are especially proud of our Laser Vision Correction Program, headed by Matthew Jones, MD, and Jon Page, MD.

Vantage Eye Center ushered in a new era in June 2003, when Dr. Matthew Jones performed the first Custom LASIK procedure on the Central California Coast. “In keeping with our commitment to providing the best in patient care, we are proud to be the first in Monterey County to offer our patients this exciting technology,” Dr. Jones comments.

Custom LASIK uses WaveScan technology, originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to measure the unique imperfections in your vision; imperfections that couldn’t be measured before. In fact, WaveScan measurements are 25 times more precise than standard measurements for glasses and contact lenses.

WaveScan produces a sophisticated map of your vision. Like a fingerprint, it’s one of a kind. Once your eyes are measured and mapped, your treatment information is transferred to the laser. The Custom LASIK procedure tailors a distinct correction for each individual. In fact, each treatment is “designed” by the unique characteristics of the individual’s eye. “This provides us with a precise and detailed guide for customizing your laser procedure based on your personal needs,” says Dr. Jones. “This allows us to offer a safer, more precise procedure than ever before.”

LASIK surgeryAny great Laser Vision Correction program starts with skilled surgeons. Dr. Jones and Dr. Page are the only fellowship-trained LASIK surgeons in Monterey County and have performed thousands of LASIK procedures. Both Dr. Jones and Dr. Page lecture regularly on the topic of Laser Vision Correction and have been published in numerous prominent medical textbooks and journals. They are members of the American Society for Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Their patients for Laser Vision Correction include many local physicians and their families, as well as local personalities. Other doctors in the community not only send their patients to us for our surgical expertise, they have their LASIK performed by our doctors as well.

While a skilled and experienced surgeon is critical for successful LASIK, it is equally important to have your procedure performed on the latest state-of-the-art FDA approved excimer laser. We use the VISX S4 laser, the most widely used laser in the United States, with over 3,000,000 procedures to its credit. The VISX S4 laser has several important safety features including an active eye tracker, which automatically checks the position of the eye during the laser procedure 60 times per second and instantaneously realigns the laser beam to insure proper positioning. The VISX S4 has FDA approval for the treatment of all major types of "refractive errors" (eyeglass prescriptions), including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Finally, we feel our system of patient care is what sets us apart from other Laser Vision Correction programs. We thoroughly evaluate not only your eye, but also your visual needs and goals to determine whether Laser Vision Correction is right for you. Dr. Jones and Dr. Page personally perform the "refraction", which is the critical measurement used to program the laser for your treatment, and will meet with you at your evaluation to discuss your individual situation and answer your questions. We have a highly trained technical staff to guide you through your Laser Vision Correction experience, and LASIK counselors who are available to answer any questions you may have about the program or your procedure.

LASIK Procedure
Prior to the procedure, drops will be inserted into the patient's eye to numb it. The patient will recline in a chair with a soft head rest to hold the head still.

An eyelid holder, called a "speculum" will be gently inserted between the eyelids to keep the eye open. A light will be targeted towards the eye and the patient will be asked to fixate or stare at the light. The doctor will make a flap in the cornea (the surface of the eye) to pull it out of the way so that the laser can reshape the eye. The laser treatment usually lasts less than a minute. The flap will be repositioned and drops will be instilled in the eye to help with healing and to prevent infection. No stitches are required. A clear shield will be placed over the eye.

Any time surgery is performed there are risks. Fortunately, the risks with LASIK are small if the patient has been properly screened and evaluated. At Vantage Eye Center, you will receive a thorough examination with the most modern equipment to assess your individual situation, and will meet your surgeon, who will explain the risks and the benefits to you.

Your surgeon will send you home with antibiotic drops to be instilled directly into the eye several times a day to prevent infection. Corticosteroid drops or anti-inflammatory medication will be prescribed to alleviate swelling. Vision improvement should be noticeable within 24-48 hours. Vision improvements will be gradual and should reach the final state within 3 months. Most activities, including driving and returning to work, can resume within 24-48 hours in most cases.

We are very proud of our Laser Vision Correction program. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our LASIK coordinator at: (831) 771-3900

Frequently asked Questions
Q: Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction?
A: Never before has laser vision correction been able to help so many achieve improved vision. If your vision is correctable by glasses or contact lenses, chances are that you are a good candidate. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can all be treated with modern procedures. To be a good candidate for laser vision correction, your distance eyeglass prescription must not have changed a large amount over the previous year. Dr. Jones and Dr. Page can determine this by measuring your old glasses or reviewing your old prescription if available. Rarely certain eye or medical conditions can exclude you as a candidate for laser vision correction. For this reason, a complete eye examination and medical history is necessary before your procedure. Finally, it is important to have realistic expectations and goals. Your pre-operative evaluation with Dr. Jones or Dr. Page is designed to help you have a better understanding in for what LASIK can offer you.

Q: Is there any pain during the procedure?
A: Because of the use of anesthetic (numbing) drops before LASIK, there is no pain during the procedure. A mild pressure sensation is noted by some patients during placement of the suction ring, which lasts about 30 seconds. Most patients either have no discomfort or mild irritation (typically a feeling of "something in the eye") for a few hours after LASIK.

Q: Will I ever need glasses again?
A: The goal of laser vision correction is to eliminate or reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Many patients find that they can perform all or most visual tasks without any help from glasses or contact lenses after laser vision correction. Occasionally, some patients find that a thin eye glass prescription to fine tune the vision may help under certain circumstances, for example, driving at night. Or, a second laser procedure (called an "enhancement") can be used to fine-tune the results after the initial procedure. Enhancements are required in about 10% of cases. Laser vision correction does not affect the normal aging chance of the eyes called "presbyopia", which requires the use of reading glasses after about age 40. Reading glasses may be required after laser vision correction in patients over the age of 40, even if they were not needed before.

Q: What is the recovery period? How long does it take to see well?
A: Immediately after LASIK, your vision may be somewhat blurry. The vision is typically quite good within the first 24-48 hours, and most patients can drive a car and easily return to work the day after the LASIK procedure. Eye drops are used for four days, and a protective plastic shield is worn over the eyes during sleep for the first week. Some minor fluctuation in vision is common during the first several weeks after LASIK.

Q: How well will I see after laser vision correction?
A: Your individual result depends on many factors, including your eyeglass prescription, the amount of astigmatism present, and the technical success of your particular procedure. In general, 95-97% of patients will see well enough after their procedure to pass a driver's test without glasses or contacts. Most of these patients (about 75%) will see 20/20 or better. You should review the informational material and discuss the procedure with your doctor to make sure you have a good understanding of what laser vision correction can offer you.

List of Patients whom have had the LASIK Procedure at Vantage Eye Center
Steven Johnson, MD
Gerald Griffin, MD
Robert Cushing, MD
Christine Badke, MD
Richard Badke, MD
Alex Dubleman, MD
Rodney Voisine, MD
Steve Taylor (CEO Fresh Express)
John Cerney (local artist)
Dean Fewtrell, OD
Darlene Flickner (wife of Dr. Jim Flickner, optometrist)
David Perrott, MD
Chris Glenn, MD
Mariedel Barroga-Schlegal, MD
Michael German, MD
Dale Helman, MD
Salvador Vallarta, MD
John Massaro, MD
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