Our Stockton, CA LASIK eye surgery center is proud to serve the San Joaquin County residents of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy, and Ripon, the Stanislaus County residents of Modesto, the Sacramento County residents of Galt, Elk Grove, and Sacramento, plus the Amador County residents of Jackson and Sutter Creek, CA.
LASIK Surgery in Stockton, CA
LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. LASIK surgery is considered to be a safe, accurate, and permanent procedure. And because LASIK is so quick and painless, it has become the premier choice for vision correction. Here at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center, our goal is to provide the most advanced eye care technology to ensure that our patients enjoy the clearest vision possible.
Your First Step Towards Freedom From Glasses and Contacts
You’ll begin your LASIK experience with a free consultation in our LASIK eye surgery center in Stockton, CA. After some preliminary eye tests and evaluations, you’ll meet with your LASIK Surgeon. Your LASIK Surgeon will get to know you, your eyes, your health, and determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for our office, the staff, and your surgeon. Afterwards, you’ll meet with your LASIK Surgery Counselor, who will further discuss the treatment, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you decide to schedule your surgery, your LASIK Surgery Counselor will guide you and be available to you from start to finish.
What is High Definition Custom LASIK?
High Definition Custom LASIK begins with creating an individualized treatment plan for every patient. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to examine your eyes and obtain highly accurate measurements that ensure very precise surgical outcomes.
Each patient’s cornea is different from all others. During the pre-op exam, we perform a test that scans the front of the eye and generates a 3D model of the cornea and the lens. Through advances in Wavefront technology, your surgeon will be able to identify and treat tiny visual imperfections called higher-order aberrations that are individual to each and every eye. Because we are able to zero in on these microscopic imperfections that can be corrected with LASIK but cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, High Definition Custom LASIK at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center is truly a customized and much more effective LASIK treatment.
What is it Like to Have LASIK?
LASIK is a very quick and painless procedure. The actual laser portion of the treatment only takes 20-50 seconds. The LASIK procedure is a two-step process. In the first step, your surgeon creates a small hinged flap on the cornea. In the second step, the flap flap is folded back and the cornea is reshaped so that it can focus light more precisely and evenly to produce crisp, sharp vision. The flap is then closed so it can heal.
Candidates for Custom LASIK
Over 94% of the eligible population are good candidates for LASIK. A good candidate for LASIK is someone who is over 18, with a prescription that has remained stable for at least a year. It is also important to have sufficiently thick corneas to accommodate the procedure. If your cornea is too thin or you have corneal scarring, there may be other vision rejuvenation procedures with different requirements.
There are certain conditions and factors which can increase your risk of an undesirable outcome or limit optimal LASIK results. These include:
- Chronic dry eyes
- Too thin or irregular corneas
- Large pupils
- High refractive error
- Women who are pregnant or nursing
- Unstable vision
- If you have certain degenerative or active autoimmune disorders
Custom LASIK Recovery and Results
Most patients at our Stockton LASIK surgery eye care center experience better vision almost immediately after having High Definition Custom LASIK surgery at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center, which continues to improve over the next few months as the eyes stabilize. You will need a ride home after the procedure, as you will not be able to drive. It is important to wear protective eye shields while sleeping for a period of time after surgery in order to protect the eyes while they heal. It is also important to use anti-inflammatory and antibacterial eye drops, and to keep the eyes well moisturized.
Ultimately, the majority of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or better with our High Definition Custom LASIK in Stockton, CA. In addition, the procedure frequently produces an improvement in overall visual clarity when compared with glasses and contacts. In combination with the convenience of avoiding corrective lenses, these advantages are enough to make High Definition Custom LASIK at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center in Stockton, CA the choice of more vision care patients every day.
Follow Along On Rose’s High Definition Custom LASIK
Experience and See What It’s Really Like…
Rose, a previous employee here at Heritage, wanted to have LASIK! We thought it would be fun to follow Rose on her LASIK Adventure and record her experience to share with others. So here it goes! If you’d like to follow Rose on her adventure…please read on!
Making the Decision to Have LASIK
“Hi, I’m Rose. Many of you know me and have seen me in my glasses. Well, I want to have LASIK and get rid of these glasses (lovely as they are)! The reason I want to have LASIK is because I’m young, I’m active, and glasses and contacts just get in the way for me. Plus, I see how well our LASIK patients can see afterwards and I want that. Only this time, hopefully, I can be on the other side and get to see things from the patient’s side!”
Rose’s LASIK Screening: Can She Have LASIK?
The first thing I did was have a screening to make sure I was a candidate for LASIK. The day of the screening I felt so excited. It was all sinking in…I was really doing this! The screening went well and Elysse, our Refractive Surgery Counselor, explained everything to me. She made me feel really comfortable and let me know that I was a perfect candidate for LASIK. She told me exactly what it was like to have LASIK. I was even more excited after the screening. I’m really doing this!
Stop Wearing Contacts
The next step was to stop wearing my contacts. Stopping the contacts wasn’t that hard for me. What I was not looking forward to was not using makeup for the three days before and one week after LASIK. I was so excited to be doing this! I actually brought it up in every conversation, “I’m having LASIK!” I felt special like I was doing something for me.
When you have LASIK, you can’t wear makeup for a few days before the procedure and a week after. I was not looking forward to that! I stopped putting on makeup three days before LASIK. Once I got used to it, it wasn’t that bad! Everyone at work said I looked fine but they’re probably just saying that!!!! I just keep reminding myself that it’s worth it to be able to see without glasses and contacts anymore.
Wow…it’s really happening…reality has finally hit. I’ll be having LASIK in just two more days and today is my LASIK pre-op. The morning of the pre-op you’re not supposed to read anything up close because it changes the shape of the cornea. It wasn’t too hard not reading anything up close. First I met with the LASIK Techs for some testing and measurements, then I met with my eye doctor, and then Dr. Miselis.
During the pre-op, the techs (ophthalmic technicians) were so great and it was a really good experience. They were so nice and explained everything they were doing with me. And even though I’m also a tech, it’s just different when you’re on the other side – as the patient. They assured me that everything would be fine. My eye doctor at Heritage was really nice, she explained why she was doing each test, and was very detailed. During the last part of the pre-op, I met with Dr. Miselis. He was very nice. He told me what to expect during and after the LASIK procedure, and was very reassuring.
I can’t believe the day is finally here! I was nervous this morning and excited at the same time. I dreamt that I coughed during the procedure!!!! Everyone at work was excited for me and asked how I was doing. I worked most of the day as usual until it was my turn to have LASIK. I was pretty relaxed about it all day because I’ve seen how Dr. Miselis is with his patients and I work with the patients after their procedure so I know how great their results are. I have been telling everyone that I’m having LASIK and I brought my family and friends to our office to watch me have LASIK! I brought my kids, my niece, my parents, my brother, and my neighbors to watch the procedure!
When it as my turn to get ready for LASIK, Melissa (one of our LASIK Techs) came and got me and told me it was my turn to get prepped for LASIK. Melissa was so nice and patient with me and she explained everything to me. She assured me that everything would be fine. She put a surgical cap on my head and booties on my feet. She also fitted me with goggles and explained that I would wear them for two weeks when I sleep at night to protect my eyes from getting anything in them. She gave me a low dose of Valium which helped me to relax. Then she took me into the LASIK Suite.
The first thing they do is give you the cutest little teddy bear to hold on to during the procedure. Then you lie on this bed and they put a patch over your left eye while they work on the right eye. Dr. Miselis was very calm and reassuring. He made me feel very secure. He tells you what he’s doing every step of the way. If you’re worried because you think you think you might blink – you can’t because they use an instrument to hold your eye open. It didn’t hurt. He put drops in my eye to numb it and tells you to stare up at this red light and keep your head still. He tells you that you won’t see the red light for a few seconds while he’s doing the procedure. It goes by really quick (it only takes like 10 – 15 seconds per eye). Then all of a sudden you see the red light again and the procedure is over on that side. Then he does the same thing on the other eye.
Right after the procedure I felt very calm. Most people want to sit up and see how well they can see afterwards but we always tell patients it will be blurry right afterwards – like looking through water. And that’s exactly what it looked like. After it was all over, I sat up and it was like looking through water. I felt excited and relieved at the same time. I felt so happy I worked for Dr. Miselis – he took really good care of me. He does with all of us. It’s like we’re his kids!
So afterwards, they walked me back to one of the patient rooms and Dr. Miselis came in to explain what he wanted me to do when I got home. He gave me two sleeping pills and told me to take one when I got home. He said to take a nap and then wake up later and have dinner, then take another sleeping pill and go back to sleep for the night. So that’s exactly what I did.
Dr. Miselis called me that night to check on me (like he does with all of his LASIK patients). It made me feel really good knowing that he was checking on me and was there if I needed anything. The night went really great though. I put on the goggles and went to sleep. I did exactly what he said and slept through the night.
When I woke up, I still had the goggles on and they were steamy! I took them off and looked outside and couldn’t believe how clear everything was! We always tell patients that they may be a little blurry in the morning so that’s what I was expecting but it wasn’t – it was super clear! Most of our LASIK patients take Friday off and rest over the weekend but I called and said I was fine and was coming in! I got ready that morning and came back to work. I felt great and could see great. It was so great to be able to see so clear when working with our patients.
My doctor checked my eyes at my post-op appointment and I was 20/15! That’s better than perfect vision! I was so excited! I worked the rest of the day and felt great!