Opthomologist working with Mission Valley Eye Medical Center have the expertise and experience required for performing laser surgery. Enjoying an international reputation as pioneers in this technique, our surgeons offer laser refractive surgery (LASIK) with extremely successful outcomes.

Laser Refractive surgery

This surgery changes the shape of your eye itself. Most often, a laser is used to reshape the cornea (clear front layer of the eye). This reduces your need for glasses or contacts.

Refractive errors cause imperfect vision

Refractive Errors are the most commonly found type of vision defects. Refractive error may be of three types:

  • Myopia
  • Hyperopia
  • Astigmatism

What is ‘Myopia’ or ‘Short Sightedness’?

In myopic patients, rays of light are focused at a point in front of the retina instead of on the retina. Due to this defect, a person can see near objects clearly but distant vision is blurred.

Causes of myopia

  • Axial myopia
  • Curvature myopia
  • Index myopia

Symptoms that indicate Myopia

If you are suffering from-

  • Blurred distance vision
  • Eye-strain and headache
  • Watering of the eye

LASIK is a safe and permanent treatment for myopia that eliminates the dependence of myopic patients on spectacles or contact lenses.

What is ‘Hyperopia’ or ‘Far-Sightedness’?

People who have hyperopia can focus on distant objects but cannot clearly view objects in the near distance. The rays of light come to a focus behind the retina.

What are the causes of Hyperopia?

The cause of hyperopia is the failure of the lens to return to its normal rounded shape. Hyperopia is also caused by the eyeball being too short. Both these conditions result in the image being focused on a point behind the retina.

Different types of hyperopia include

  • Axial hyperopia
  • Curvature hyperopia
  • Index hyperopia

What is ‘Astigmatism’?

‘ Astigmatism’ is a condition that is caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or an irregularly shaped lens. In Astigmatism, the unequal power in different meridians causes rays of light to form a distorted line instead of focusing on a point. This results in the blurring of both distant and near vision.

What are the causes of Astigmatism?

Curvature astigmatism

Disease of the cornea resulting in its deformity; extreme example of this is seen in conical cornea eg: keratoconus Trauma to the eye involving cornea

This procedure is quick painless and in most cases you can return to your normal activities very quickly usually within hours to treat through our best Mission Valley Eye Medical Center.