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LASIK

LASIK

LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a refractive surgery that eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses by reshaping the cornea, allowing your eyes to better focus on objects. Here at Linda Vision, formerly Eye Zone Medical, we own one of the newest laser systems available today, the Allegretto Wav

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Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery

A Cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. If a Cataract is interfering with your daily activities, it is time to have it removed. Over the years, there have been numerous advances in the technology for Cataract Surgery. These improvements have given patients the option of choosing between different artificial intraocular lens, including a

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Pterygium/Carnosidad Removal

Pterygium Carnosidad Removal

A pterygium, also known as Carnosidad in Spanish, is a fleshy pink scar tissue that sometimes crosses the cornea of one or both eyes. If you know or think you may have a pterygium and are feeling irritation, itchiness, a burning sensation, or simply dislike its appearance, then it is time to schedule you FREE pterygium consultation. Dr. Linda Vu

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Ortho-K

Ortho-K

Orthokeratology, Ortho-K, or Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a non-surgical method of decreasing mild to moderate myopia or nearsightedness. Here at Linda Vision, we use Paragon CRTTM lenses to improve the lifestyle and vision of people of all ages by reducing the need for glasses and daytime contact lenses. Paragon CRT lenses are produced by Paragon Vision Techn

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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, can be a medical necessity but in most cases, it is performed as a cosmetic procedure. If you have “droopy eyelids” or “bags under your eyes” you can consider cosmetic surgery to rejuvenate your eyes. With more than 12 years of experience performing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Linda Vu can l

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Flapless Epi-LASIK


 

Epi-LASIK

Also known as Advanced Surface Treatment, is ideal for patients with higher prescriptions, thin corneas, dry eyes, and/or strong prescriptions. It involves treatment to the surface of the cornea, without creating an incision flap. The procedure usually takes longer to heal than LASIK, but it causes less thinning of the cornea. Patients who want to further maximize safety and steer clear of the added risks of LASIK are good candidates for Epi-LASIK.

EVOLUTION OF EPI-LASIK

Prior to LASIK, Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was once the most common refractive surgery procedure. It involves removing the surface of the cornea (epithelium) to expose the corneal tissue to be sculpted. PRK was invented in the early 1980’s. Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) is a newer variation of PRK, and relies on concentrated alcohol to remove the epitehlium. Epi-LASIK is the next generation of LASEK.

EPI-LASIK PROCEDURE

LASIK involves creating a flap in the cornea with either a microkeratome or a laser. In Epi-LASIK however, a special oscillating “separator” is used to remove the surface of the cornea (epithelium). By removing the epithelium mechanically, there is less injury to the surrounding tissues. After the epithelium is removed, the excimer laser treats the underlying corneal tissue. A bandage contact lens is then placed on the eye to protect the surface while it heals.

AFTER EPI-LASIK

Initially, vision will be blurry, but as the surface heals, the vision will improve slowly over the following few days. The bandage contact lens is usually removed after one week. The vision will not be perfect immediately; some patients do achieve 20/40 or even 20/20 vision within a few days, but others can take longer — possibly three to six months — to reach their final result. However, most patients can see well enough to drive about a week after surgery. As with any laser eye surgery, it is very important to follow all instructions exactly, since the quality of the final vision you achieve is affected by how well your corneas heal.

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