Excerpts from Dr. Soroudi’s Book: “Advanced Refractive Surgery”
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. Treatment consists of three basic steps. First, we use a laser to create a round “flap” out of your cornea (sort of like opening a 540-page book on page 120). Second, we use a different laser to remove about 20 to 30 pages inside the book, and third, we close the book.
The entire procedure takes a few minutes per eye from start to finish. The first (Ziemer Femtosecond) laser takes about 26 seconds per eye.
The second (Wavelight Allegretto) laser takes about 1.5 seconds per diopter of correction. If you wear -2 glasses, it’ll take only 3 seconds to correct your vision. (A “diopter” refers to the optical power of a lens.) There’s very little pain during surgery (just pressure).
There’s very little pain after surgery other than just some minor irritation. We recommend you take a nap for a few hours after LASIK. You can drive the next morning and return to your usual activities by the next day! Dr. Soroudi underwent LASIK himself in 2005 (with a much older “IntraLase” and “VISX” technology), so he knows exactly how it feels and will talk you through your procedure. He still has 20/20 vision after all these years!
Why Trust Us with your LASIK Surgery?
Our Newport Beach eye surgery center is equipped with the all-new Alcon Allegretto Wavelight EX500 Flying Spot Excimer Laser. Only the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser utilizes Wavefront Optimized® ablation profiles, designed to help maintain the natural corneal shape.
The Allegretto laser allows Dr. Soroudi to perform a customized, “wavefront-guided ablation profile” (Contoura) which is ideal for clients who demand the BEST in vision correction technology. This next-generation technology maintains the natural corneal shape to minimize the risk of night-time glare, even for clients with high prescriptions.
PerfectPulse Technology™ provides speed, precision, and safety through the use of the Allegretto laser, signaling revolutionary advances in the field of vision correction. The Allegretto laser calibrates the precise amount of energy in each laser pulse which passes through three “checkpoints.” The energy level is monitored and adjusted at each checkpoint to ensure the beam is tuned perfectly when it reaches its destination. This is one of the ways that the Allegretto achieves a smoother, more natural corneal surface compared to many other lasers used in LASIK vision correction.