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Laser refractive surgery can be used to correct many types of vision problems, including:

  • Nearsightedness (Myopia)
  • Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia

At the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute’s Refractive Surgery LASIK Center, we are dedicated to finding our patients’ best personal vision. We do this by offering the most state-of-the-art vision correction laser available.

Laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is a refractive procedure involving a laser that cuts a flap on the cornea and reshapes underneath it to correct such eye conditions as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. LASIK surgery was first approved for use in the United States in 1995 and remains one of the most popular vision correction procedures. Millions of patients worldwide have enjoyed clear, crisp vision after undergoing LASIK surgery. 

Using the latest in LASIK technology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute’s Refractive Surgery LASIK Center surgeons customize each procedure to deliver even more precise vision correction. Many patients find that they have better vision than when they wore glasses or contact lenses. During the LASIK procedure, the surgeon carefully creates a thin flap that is gently folded back to expose the inner corneal surface for reshaping with the excimer laser. The flap is then carefully refolded over the treatment area, acting as a bandage as the eye heals. Most patients see their vision improve within hours after treatment. Many are ready to return to work or their normal activities the following day.

Our ophthalmologists use the Intralase Method™ for all our LASIK treatments. The blade-less Intralase® femtosecond laser is the safest way of creating the corneal flap for vision correction treatment.

Not all patients are good candidates for LASIK surgery. For patients whose corneas are too thin or who have other considerations, other options include PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis), or Epi-LASIK surgery.

During these procedures, the laser treatment is done directly on the surface of the cornea after removing a small amount of the outer layer of cells.

The PRK procedure can be done to correct myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.

Monovision is an option for patients aged 40 and older who have difficulty reading due to the unique natural aging process (presbyopia).  This is a technique in which one eye is corrected for distance vision while the other eye is corrected for near or intermediate vision.  Monovision provides a viable option for active people who require both distance vision and near vision in their daily activities.  Because monovision is a compromise, reading or distance glasses may still be needed for certain activities - such as reading fine print or driving at night.  Special testing is performed to see if monovision is right for you.

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Whether you need a routine eye exam or care for complex vision problems, the internationally respected ophthalmologists at the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute will provide you with the highest quality of care to treat your vision problems. 

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The UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute has locations in Orange at the UCI Medical Center, and also in Irvine on the UCI Campus.