Laser Eye Surgery Specialist

Pacific Eye

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located on the Central Coast of California

Laser eye surgery is faster than standard surgery and delivers more precise results. The doctors 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, are experts when it comes to performing diverse types of laser eye surgery, ranging from vision correction with all-laser LASIK to laser-assisted cataract removal and complex vitreoretinal laser surgeries. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today at one of the six offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Laser Eye Surgery Q & A

What vision problems are corrected with laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is frequently performed to correct vision problems caused by refractive errors such as farsightedness(hyperopia), nearsightedness (myopia), and astigmatism. Your cornea contributes 65-75% of your eye’s focusing power, using its round shape to refract light and focus it sharply on the lens. Refractive errors occur when the cornea is slightly misshapen and can’t focus the light well enough to give you clear vision.

The doctors at Pacific Eye use cutting-edge IntraLaseⓇ LASIK surgery to gently reshape the cornea and correct your refractive error. For patients with thin corneas, they also offer PRK surgery.

What is vitreoretinal laser surgery?

Your retina is located at the back of your eye. The hollow area inside your eye, between the lens and retina, is filled with a gel-like substance called vitreous. Vitreoretinal surgery refers to a group of procedures that affect the vitreous and retina.

As specialists in retina services, the doctors at Pacific Eye may perform vitreoretinal laser surgery to repair eye problems associated with:

  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Detached retina
  • Macular hole
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Diabetic vitreous hemorrhage
  • Cytomegalovirus retinitis

In many cases, the doctors perform a vitrectomy. During this procedure, the vitreous is partially or completely removed while surgery is performed. When your procedure is finished, the vitreous is replaced with a saline solution or a bubble made of gas or oil.

What other eye conditions are treated with laser eye surgery?

Lasers are used to treat a range of eye conditions, such as:

Cataracts

Cataracts develop when the normally clear lens becomes cloudy, a condition that generally happens as you get older. During laser-assisted cataract surgery, the laser is used to make an incision, then to soften and break up the cataract so the lens is easier to remove.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside your eye gets too high. As the pressure builds, it pushes against the optic nerve, causing damage that eventually leads to vision loss. Your doctor may use laser surgery to open the drainage system, which allows fluid to drain and lowers the pressure inside your eye.

Diabetic macular edema (DME)

Diabetic macular edema is caused by the abnormal growth of blood vessels that leak and cause fluid to build up under the macula. Laser eye surgery is an exceptional way to seal or eliminate the leaking vessels.

If you have an eye condition that requires surgery, call Pacific Eye or schedule an appointment online today to learn whether you can undergo safe, precise laser eye surgery.