Don’t let your glasses or contacts hold you back. Laser Vision Correction is a safe and effective way to achieve better vision without limitations.
The surgical correction of refractive error is a complex process, and one size does not fit all. Potential procedures include LASIK, PRK, phakic lens implants, refractive lensectomy, and more. No matter what stage of life you are in, Empire Eye and Laser Center’s Bakersfield vision correction specialists, Dr. Daniel Chang and Dr. Andrew Kao, will perform a full Refractive Consult to help determine which procedure is best for you.
At Empire Eye and Laser Center, we use the most advanced systems to deliver the best outcomes possible for our patients. With the IntraLase FS laser, Dr. Daniel Chang and Dr. Andrew Kao complete an all-laser, blade-free LASIK procedure. Known as iLASIK, this same procedure is approved by the United States Navy for high-performance fighter pilots and by NASA for our nation’s astronauts.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
LASIK in Bakersfield is a great option if you are at least 18 years of age and ready to reduce your dependency on glasses and/or contacts. It can help people who are Nearsighted, Farsighted, and those with Astigmatism. There are some factors that can affect candidacy, including the stability and severity of your refractive error, as well as the thickness and shape of the cornea.
At Empire Eye and Laser Center, our Bakersfield vision correction specialists will perform a thorough consultation, examination, and diagnostic testing to determine which laser vision correction procedure is right for you. Click below and take our self-evaluation survey, so we can let you know which procedure might be the best option for your vision and lifestyle.
How does LASIK work?
Your cornea, the clear dome that overlies the colored part of your eye, is responsible for approximately two-thirds of your eye’s light focusing ability. When the shape of your cornea does not match the length and shape of the rest of your eye, you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Glasses and contact lenses are effective in correcting these refractive errors, but each has their limitations and shortcomings. With LASIK, Empire Eye and Laser Center’s vision correction specialists use a laser to reshape your cornea, allowing your eye to focus correctly without the need for corrective eyewear or contact lenses.
After some mild oral sedation, you receive a topical numbing eye drop. You are positioned under the laser, and your eyelids are gently held open, so you don’t have to worry about blinking. The surface epithelial cells are quickly removed, and the laser is locked onto your iris. In seconds, the laser reshapes your cornea to the desired curvature. Medications and drops that prevent pain, infection, scarring are then placed on your eye followed by a soft bandage lens. No eye patch and no eye shield are needed. You are in and out of the surgical suite in less than 15 minutes.
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
Laser In Situ Keratomileusis, commonly known as LASIK, is the most common surgical procedure for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Because of its safety, stability, and quick visual recovery, millions of people undergo LASIK every year.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is the original Laser Vision Correction procedure for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Also known in various forms as LASEK, epi-LASIK, and Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), a high-precision laser is focused on the surface of your cornea, eliminating the need for creating a corneal flap. Although PRK has been around for a while, don’t let the name fool you–PRK has undergone many changes and advances in patient comfort and surgical outcomes, making it generations better than the original procedure performed in the 1980s and 90s.
What Makes Empire Eye and Laser Center Different
At Empire Eye and Laser Center, we are committed to the best surgical results with the best quality of care. Our Bakersfield vision correction specialists, Dr. Chang and Dr. Kao, understand that even when performing LASIK with the most advanced lasers and technologies, meticulous attention to detail is still of utmost importance. Starting with your initial Refractive Consult, they go over your visual goals and expectations. They will carefully explain the entire process to you in words that you can understand and will give you ample opportunity to ask questions. Dr. Chang and Dr. Kao believe that good patient-surgeon communication is the cornerstone of a positive and memorable surgical experience.
Our surgeons and their staff will perform multiple measurements of your eye in the course of your consults, and will carefully examine your entire eye to ensure that you will have an excellent result. They will assess the stability of your refraction and determine your current refractive state.
Empire Eye and Laser Center’s experienced refractive surgeons will personally check and double-check (and triple-check) your measurements, so you can rest assured that the correct treatment will be performed on your eyes.
Whether you’re absolutely ready to get rid of your glasses or contact lenses, or if you just want to find out if you would be a good LASIK candidate, come see how Empire Eye and Laser Center provides “Quality worth Experiencing.”
Quality Bakersfield Laser Vision Correction
Dr. Daniel Chang and Dr. Andrew Kao perform LASIK with the VISX Star S4 laser with Iris Registration, the most advanced laser technology platform available today. All this means precise outcomes and peace-of-mind. The VISX Star S4 laser is being used at the U.S. Naval Medical Center to treat Naval aviators–the “Top Gun” pilots who need superior vision to make aircraft carrier landings.