Richard Burns, M.D.


What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a type of laser vision correction surgery used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. This procedure has helped millions of people in the United States and abroad eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK surgery is a very popular procedure that can offer many benefits to Dr. Burns’ San Diego and Temecula patients. While every patient’s experience with LASIK is different, most patients report satisfaction from the following benefits:

    Virtually painless procedure.
    May no longer require glasses or contacts to see.
    Vision can be improved almost immediately.
    Relatively quick recovery process compared to other procedures.

Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

While many patients who come to see Dr. Burns in San Diego qualify for LASIK eye surgery, the procedure is not for everyone. The following qualities make an ideal patient for LASIK Eye Surgery:

  • At least 18 years or older.

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    Candidates should be in generally good health.

  • Eyes are healthy and free from disease or abnormalities like infections or scars.

  • Candidates’ vision needs to be consistent for at least a year before surgery date.

Some additional factors that may prevent certain patients from having LASIK surgery include thin Corneas, large Pupils, and Keratoconus (Bulging Cornea). More serious vision problems, such as advanced Glaucoma, might disqualify the potential patient altogether. Only a one-on-one consultation with an experienced LASIK specialist like Dr. Burns can help you decide if you can benefit from LASIK Eye Surgery.

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LASIK Eye Surgery Procedure

LASIK surgery consists of two major steps — the creation of a flap in the cornea and the reshaping of the underlying tissue. After anesthetizing your eyes with special drops, Dr. Burns begins the surgery by creating a tiny flap in the cornea (the clear surface of the eye). The conventional LASIK method uses an instrument called a microkeratome to cut the corneal flap. A microkeratome is an oscillating blade that is placed on the eye and moves back and forth, cutting the corneal tissue. However, Dr. Burns performs this step by using a special Femtosecond Laser making your LASIK procedure completely blade-free.
During the second step of your surgery, Dr. Burns lifts the corneal flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue. He then uses an excimer laser to gently reshape your cornea so that it properly refracts light rays. Lastly, Dr. Burns completes the LASIK procedure by folding the corneal flap back into place. The flap serves as a natural bandage, which means that our LASIK patients do not require stitches or eye bandages.
After your LASIK treatment, you will rest for a little while and then you will be free to go home. Dr. Burns recommends that you arrange for transportation as you will not be able to drive yourself. While many of our San Diego laser eye surgery patients are able to return to work the next day, you should take a few days off to ensure smooth healing.

Alternative Laser Vision Correction Procedures

LASEK(Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)

LESEK delivers results similar to LASIK and PRK but without the side effects.

PRK(Photorefractive Keratectomy)

Treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism.

RLE(Refractive Lensectomy)

With RFL, the clear lens is removed before it becomes a cataract.

LASIK Eye Surgery FAQ's

  • Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

    Most LASIK specialists perform LASIK Eye Surgery on both eyes at the same time.

  • Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

    You should not feel pain during your LASIK procedure in San Diego, because LASIK specialist Dr. Burns will administer anesthetic eye drops prior to surgery.

  • Is LASIK eye surgery safe?

    While LASIK is considered a very safe procedure it does carries certain risks. While occurring in less than 1% of all LASIK cases, complications include double vision, dry eye, and nighttime haloes and starbursts. During your personal consultation, Dr. Burns will explain these and other issues you should consider when deciding if LASIK is the right choice for you.

  • How long does LASIK eye surgery take?

    The laser treatment usually takes less than a minute, and the whole process takes about 15 minutes per eye.

  • What is iLASIK?

    iLASIK is a bladeless, all-laser LASIK procedure that utilizes CustomVue™ technology in conjunction with the IntraLase femtosecond laser for individualized and precise refractive Laser Eye Surgery results.

  • How much does LASIK cost in San Diego?

    Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery in San Diego will typically fall between $1,500 and $2,500 per eye. The price will generally include a pre-op consultation, surgeon’s fee, hospital fees, and post-surgery care. San Diego LASIK patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Burns to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized price quote.

  • Will I be able to drive home after my LASIK procedure?

    No, we do ask that you have a responsible driver take you home after LASIK Eye Surgery. Though your vision may seem quite clear after surgery, some blurriness is common for several hours after your surgery.

  • When am I able to return to work after my LASIK procedure?

    Typically, patients in San Diego and surrounding areas return to work the day after their procedure.

  • When can I resume wearing makeup?

    It is best to return to eye makeup a week after your LASIK Eye Surgery. We also suggest you throw out your old makeup and purchase new makeup to decrease the risk of infection. A perfect excuse for a new makeup shopping spree.

If you would like to find out if LASIK Eye Surgery is right for you, contact the New Freedom Eye Center in San Diego or Temecula today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Burns.