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If you’re like most glasses and contact lens wearers, you probably dream of having 20/20 vision. Well, Lasik surgery makes that dream an extremely accessible and safe reality. With over 700,000 Lasik surgeries performed each year, it’s currently the most popular surgical treatment for refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

The reason for Lasik surgery’s popularity is clear — it has a nearly perfect success rate, with over 99% of the patients reporting a complete restoration of 20/20 vision. If you’re considering Lasik surgery, it’s wise to learn all you can about it and determine your eligibility for the procedure — schedule your Lasik consultation in Carlsbad with David W. Stemley, O.D.

What Happens During the Lasik Consultation in Carlsbad?

Your Lasik consultation will be similar to a comprehensive eye exam, involving many of the same evaluations and screening tests. Your optometrist will examine your overall health and look for signs and symptoms of underlying eye conditions that may prevent you from undergoing a Lasik surgery.

They’ll also take detailed measurements of the internal and external structures of your eyes for your eye surgeon’s use. Since contact lenses can change the shape of your eyes, you’ll be asked to stop wearing them for at least two weeks before the procedure.

After the tests and evaluations are done, you can talk to your optometrist about your questions and concerns. The optometrist will clarify all your doubts, and they’ll provide a step-by-step overview of what you can expect from the procedure, from the preparation to the final recovery.  

patient getting his lasik consultation in Carlsbad

How Does Lasik Surgery Work?

During the Lasik surgery, the eye surgeon creates a flap in the cornea, i.e., the lens on the front surface of the eye. After creating the flap, the eye surgeon uses laser energy to reshape the cornea, correcting the irregularities resulting in refractive errors. The entire procedure concludes within 15 minutes.

What Does Lasik Surgery Treat?

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness): You can see objects closer in your field of vision, but faraway objects appear blurry.
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness): You can see objects further in your field of vision, but closer objects appear blurry.
  • Astigmatism: You have an overall blurry and distorted vision because of irregular, wavy, or uneven corneas. 

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Lasik Surgery?

You’re a suitable candidate for a Lasik surgery if you:

  • Have blurry vision due to myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.
  • Are at least 18 years of age.
  • Have stable glasses and contact lenses prescriptions.
  • Don’t have underlying eye conditions that disqualify you for the procedure.
  • Don’t take certain medications that disqualify you for the procedure.
  • Aren’t pregnant or nursing.

Schedule Your Lasik Consultation in Carlsbad Today

At David W. Stemley, O.D., we pride ourselves on our advanced diagnostic methods using the latest cutting-edge technologies. We examine your overall eye health to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for Lasik surgery and if you can truly benefit from the procedure. If you’re ineligible, we also discuss possible alternatives you can try to improve your vision. If you’re considering this surgery, schedule your Lasik consultation in Carlsbad with David W. Stemley, O.D. today.

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Dear Patient,
We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health has given us permission to resume full scope eye care, including preventative care and postponed exams.

At Total Vision Care, the health of our patients, doctors, and associates is our top priority. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community.

Health and safety protocols we are taking:

  • All visits are by appointment to ensure social distancing. This includes picking up of glasses/contact lenses, adjustments on glasses, and ordering new products.
  • Patients are asked to arrive to their appointment alone and notify us from your vehicle once you arrive (a parent/guardian may accompany a minor and a family member/caretaker may assist a senior). Please call the office and someone will greet you at the door.
  • Prior to your entry a team member will take your temperature, provide you with hand sanitizer and ask you a series of questions regarding your health and possible COVID-19 exposure. Our team members are all subject to these same screening protocols.
  • All doctors, associates, and patients must wear masks.
  • Our team sterilizes all equipment and surfaces after every patient and disinfects all frames prior to placing them back on display.

What we ask of patients:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment for a future date: Fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains), recent loss of smell or taste.
  • Please bring a mask which must be worn in our facilities at all times.
  • Your patience in adhering to new safety protocols.
  • Please feel welcome to communicate any questions that you have to your Total Vision Care practice associates.

In addition, we will continue to monitor CDC, WHO, governmental, and optometric associations guidelines and make changes as appropriate to protect our community. Thank you so much for your continued support of our practices. We appreciate your patience throughout this process and for trusting us with your eyecare needs.

The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals