Are you tired of your glasses fogging up or contacts drying out? LASIK surgery may be the vision correction solution to help you gain greater visual freedom. At Pacific Eye, with offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Santa Maria, California, as well as Optical Concepts in Santa Maria, the team of experienced ophthalmologists offers this vision correction surgery, including the cutting-edge IntraLase LASIK technique.
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How LASIK Can Benefit Your Life

What is LASIK?

LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses, was first introduced in the nineties. Since then, it has helped millions of people around the world correct a host of vision problems, including:

In order for you to see clearly, your eyes take in and refract light so that it lands directly on the cornea. The vision process starts with the cornea.

From your cornea, the light is then focused onto your retina through your lens. Your retina sends the information through your optic nerve to your brain, where an image is formed.

Any irregularities in this highly complex system can distort the information that your brain receives, resulting in blurry images. Refractive errors are a common cause of a flaw in the vision system that prevents the eyes from accurately directing light.

During LASIK, the team at Pacific Eye can correct your refractive error by adjusting the point of entry for light, which is your cornea. LASIK eye surgery reshapes the cornea using laser technology, correcting refractive errors so your retina can clearly receive and transmit visual information to the brain, dramatically improving your vision.

What is the IntraLase LASIK Technique?

Using the IntraLase innovation, the eye specialists at Pacific Eye can turn your LASIK surgery into a custom, bladeless vision correction procedure.

Your eye doctor performs LASIK in two steps. First, they create a corneal flap, which they fold back to access and reshape the corneal tissue underneath. In the past, this first step was done with a blade.

With IntraLase, your eye doctor uses a computer-guided laser beam to create the flap, giving them better precision and accuracy in creating the right flap for your unique eye. After completing your custom flap, your eye doctor at Pacific Eye turns to VISX laser technology to reshape your cornea.

This advanced excimer laser uses wavefront technology to make a detailed map of your eye, allowing your eye doctor to customize your vision correction by matching your eye’s unique characteristics. This technique reduces the incidence of some common side effects of traditional LASIK surgery, like glare, halos, or problems with night vision.

When Will I See the Results From LASIK?

The IntraLase LASIK procedure at Pacific Eye takes only minutes. Since it’s an outpatient procedure, you’ll be free to return home afterward, though you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you.

When you wake up the next day, you may see an immediate improvement in your vision. It’s not uncommon, however, for your vision to be slightly blurry for a week or two after the procedure as your eyes adjust.

What Are the Costs of LASIK?

LASIK is a smart investment and will actually save you money over time since you will not need to repurchase glasses and contact lenses. The average price of LASIK varies from practice to practice based on technology and experience, but the ultimate cost will range between $2500 and $3500 per eye. 

Contact us about LASIK affordability, as we can help with various options, from LASIK patient financing to HSA account fund usage. If you are seeking LASIK San Luis Obispo or any of our other locations, feel free to schedule a consultation today. 

Our LASIK counselors are waiting to help you understand how LASIK will help you see better and also help you understand the costs and any associated risks.

What Are the Financing Options that Pacific Eye Surgeons Offer?

Most California LASIK surgeons offer Care Credit LASIK financing, but new financing options are becoming available.

What is LASIK Flex Spending and How Can This Help You Afford LASIK?

LASIK is also covered by Flex Spending Accounts. Once you determine that you are interested in LASIK, you can schedule a consultation with our LASIK coordinator to understand how your Flex Spending Account can reduce the total cost of a LASIK eye surgery.

No matter What Your Age Is, We have Vision Correction For You!

At Pacific Eye, we offer vision correction procedures for all ages. Depending on your specific visual scenario, LASIK might not be the best procedure for you. We can also help you explore other options.




Lens Replacement Surgery
Presbyopia Correction


Cataract Surgery
with Advanced Lens Implants

We are proud to be able to offer the best possible vision correction procedure that is ideal for each patient’s individual vision needs. Depending on the prescription, eye health, and age, some vision correction procedures can be better than others. 

We are happy to discuss your possible options today! Are you interested in learning if LASIK might be right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Pacific Eye in San Luis Obispo, CA, or one of our other locations today!

What patients are saying…

“Professional and knowledgeable medical staff, friendly front desk staff in addition to the excellent doctor. The waiting area is pleasant and the clinic is required with the state of art diagnostic equipment. Today is my first visit and I was thoroughly impressed.”
Giustizia Tower
“As far as I’m concerned Pacific Eye has the kindest, friendliest most knowledgeable staff I’ve ever encountered. I wish all my other physicians were this caring. I think the world of Dr. Higginbotham!”
Dee Gin

What is involved with the LASIK recovery process?

The recovery process after LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery is generally painless, and many patients experience noticeable improvements in their vision shortly after the procedure. In the first few hours after the LASIK procedure your vision might be blurry; however, you will be able to notice an immediate improvement but maybe with a slight haze. Any discomfort or blurry symptoms typically diminish within the first 24 to 48 hours. Patients are advised to take it easy during the first few days, avoiding strenuous activities and following the prescribed post-operative care instructions, which often include the use of medicated eye drops to facilitate healing and minimize the risk of infection. While vision may initially fluctuate, it gradually stabilizes over the course of a few days to weeks. Full recovery, including achieving optimal visual acuity, may take several weeks, and regular follow-up appointments with the LASIK eye surgeon are essential to monitor progress. It’s important for patients to adhere to post-operative guidelines, including avoiding rubbing their eyes and protecting them from irritants, to ensure a smooth and successful recovery after LASIK surgery.

Our LASIK surgeons

Our LASIK surgeons are of the most experienced and finest LASIK eye surgeons in California. 

William E. McRee, M.D., is a skilled and trailblazing ophthalmologist who sees patients at Pacific Eye, with offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Santa Maria, California, as well as Optical Concepts in Santa Maria. Dr. McRee is currently a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and California Association of Ophthalmology.

Ahmad Amir, M.D., graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, and earned his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, D.C

Robert W. Higginbotham, M.D., is a talented and empathetic ophthalmologist who treats patients at Pacific Eye, with offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and Santa Maria, California. 

Jawad Ahmad, M.D., is a highly accomplished ophthalmologist focused on Advanced Lens Cataract Surgery, Cornea Surgery (including Corneal Cross-linking), Dry Eye procedures, LASIK, Refractive Surgery, and Comprehensive Ophthalmology. Dr. Ahmad completed his prestigious Fellowship Training at the renowned Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. There, he received specialized training in cornea, refractive surgery, and advanced cataract surgery.

Want to Learn More?

To explore your options with LASIK, call one of the six Pacific Eye Surgeons locations in or use our request an appointment form today.

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Serving Our Community

Pacific Eye Surgeons has offices in San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Orcutt, and Santa Maria, California, as well as Optical Concepts in Santa Maria.

1111 E. Ocean Ave, Suite 7
Lompoc, CA 93438
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1140 E Clark Ave.
Suite 160-B
Orcutt, CA 93455
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220 Oak Hill Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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931 Oak Park Blvd, Suite 201
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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3855 Broad Street, Suite B
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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816 East Enos Dr., Suite A
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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