For over 25 years doctors have placed incisions in the cornea to treat nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. In the early 1980s, researchers began looking at lasers to improve the precision and predictability of altering the shape of the cornea. They found that the excimer laser could remove tissue with up to 0.25 microns of accuracy. Currently in it’s second decade of use, the technologically advanced excimer laser has added a tremendous amount of precision, control and safety to the surgical correction of vision errors. Using this remarkable technology, the cornea is reshaped to conform to your glasses or contact lens prescription, thereby reducing or eliminating the dependence on corrective lenses.

LASIK, which stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, offers a number of benefits over other forms of vision correction because it is performed under a protective layer of corneal tissue.

As a result, there is less:

  • Surface area to heal which results in faster recovery
  • Risk of scarring
  • Risk of corneal glare and haze
  • Post-operative discomfort

The continuing advancements in LASIK laser vision correction allow patients the possibility of achieving better than 20/20 vision.

Presently, more than 11 million LASIK procedures have been performed, making it the most common elective surgery in the United States. However, it wasn’t until LASIK developed into an “all-laser” procedure, combining IntraLase with wavefront-guided lasers, that NASA approved it for astronauts facing the physically demanding conditions in space. Likewise, all-laser LASIK is now approved by the U.S military. In demonstrating his commitment to offer the best in patient care, Dr. Paveloff has the only LASIK center in Santa Barbara offering this very same technology.

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