LASIK—short for Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis—is the most commonly performed laser eye procedure in the world. Dr. Zhu offers custom, bladeless LASIK without use of a microkeratome or blade. It is one of the safest and most effective ways to free yourself from glasses and contact lenses.

Conditions Treated

Nearsightedness (Myopia) – A common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry

Farsightedness (Hyperopia) – A type of refractive error where close objects appear blurry, but distant objects are relatively clear. However, those with significant hyperopia have trouble seeing at any distance, near and far.

Astigmatism – A type of refractive error that causes your vision to be blurred at both near and far distances. It occurs when your cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.

Presbyopia – A normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability that starts around age 40. It becomes difficult to see small text up-close without the help of reading glasses. LASIK can be used to treat presbyopia by optimizing near vision in one eye and far vision in the other eye, a strategy called “monovision.”

Other Options

Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) or Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) – A laser vision correction procedure similar to LASIK, but without a corneal flap. LASEK and PRK are often great options for people with dry eye or thinner than normal corneas—but Dr. Zhu will be able to determine which procedure is best for your individual needs.

ICL or Implantable Contact Lenses – Clear lenses that are surgically implanted to sit in front of or behind the iris to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. ICLs function like contact lenses—except they work from inside your eyes instead of sitting directly on their surface. ICLs may be suitable for those with very high prescriptions who are not candidates for LASIK, LASEK, or PRK.

RLE or Refractive Lens Exchange – A clear lens is implanted to replace your eye’s natural lens to correct your vision. The procedure is similar to laser cataract surgery and is the most advanced option available for correcting presbyopia to reduce your need for reading glasses. 

Conductive Keratoplasty –  A noninvasive procedure which utilizes radiofrequency energy to correct low levels of hyperopia and astigmatism. Because it does not ablate or cut corneal tissue, it can be a great alternative for patients with dry or irregular corneas who are not candidates for traditional laser vision correction. Dr. Zhu is one of the few surgeons in the nation with expertise in conductive keratoplasty. She can determine whether it is the right treatment for you.

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[LASIK Myths Part 1 🤓] There is a lot of misunderstanding and misplaced fear surrounding LASIK. As a board-certified LASIK surgeon and cornea specialist, I can say that my LASIK patients are some of my HAPPIEST patients. If I could have a clinic FULL of just LASIK patients, I’d be a happy camper (albeit a bit bored) 🤗 So today, let’s bust 💪🏻 some LASIK myths: —— 1️⃣ It’s painful- LASIK is actually painless. We put numbing eye drops and give you a pill to relax. The only discomfort you might feel is a mild pressure for ~15 seconds. You may feel a slight sandy sensation for the first day or so. Most people are 20/20 and able to return to school or work the next day. 2️⃣ It’s risky (à la Final Destination)- Did you know LASIK is one of the most studied elective procedures to date? There are over 7000 peer-reviewed articles demonstrating safety and efficacy. The satisfaction rate is over 96% with less than 1% complications. There are many safety mechanisms built in: An eyelid opener is used to keep the eyelids apart so you don’t have to worry about blinking. The newest lasers have a pupil tracker with a 6-8 millisecond response time so the moment your eye drifts, the laser automatically stops 🛑! My practice uses bladeless all-laser LASIK so the risks are further minimized. 3️⃣ It can’t fix astigmatism- If your astigmatism is correctable with glasses, then it’s fixable with LASIK! It can also treat any nearsightedness or farsightedness at the same time. 4️⃣ It wears off over time- The majority of patients (>95%) have great results that last for many years. If yours wears off, it’s possible that your prescription was not yet stable at the time of surgery because your eyes were still changing. There is also a greater chance of regression for eyes with higher prescriptions (>6 D) because the healing process is less predictable. The good news is a small touch-up can almost always be done if needed. And remember, LASIK doesn’t prevent other age-related problems like cataracts or presbyopia (loss of near vision). —— Stay tuned for Part 2. Have you ever considered LASIK? I’m happy to answer any questions! 🤓

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[ LASIK Myths Part 2 🤓] Thank you for all your great questions on my last post ❤️ Let’s bust some more LASIK myths today 💪🏻! 5️⃣ Dry eye is an absolute contraindication – Many LASIK candidates already have some dryness due to contact lens wear (4x more common). Mild and moderate cases can proceed with surgery if appropriately treated with over-the-counter artificial tears or prescription drops beforehand. Dryness is common after surgery but usually mild and temporary, especially in young healthy patients. 6️⃣ Contact lenses are safer than LASIK – Do you know how many contact-lens related infections I’ve seen? Bacteria, fungus, amoeba, you name it! I’ve had to do urgent corneal transplants to save eyeballs. LASIK-related infections are far less common. 7️⃣ All LASIK is the same – Have you ever wondered why the price of LASIK varies so widely from one center to another? Part of the reason is because of technology. Some still use a microkeratome (ie. blade) to cut the cornea instead of a laser. Others use outdated technology that induces more visual symptoms. So the next time you see that attractive Groupon deal, investigate further! 8️⃣ It causes haloes and glare – There was an old paper that reported significant haloes and glare after LASIK in eyes with large pupils. Multiple studies have since debunked that claim (Myung et al. 2013). These days, haloes and glare are almost unheard of with the newest laser technology. 9️⃣ It makes all eyes 20/20 – Oh how I wish this were true! Unfortunately, LASIK is not a magical cure-all. It only takes away your refractive error, ie the prescription in your glasses. If you were only ~20/50 with glasses to start with, you’ll only reach ~20/50 after LASIK. The good news is that your quality of vision will likely be better than what you had with glasses because glasses distort your vision and the newest lasers treat imperfections specific to your eye. 🔟 It’s too expensive – Have you ever thought about how much you’ll end up paying for glasses and contact lenses over your lifetime? 🤔 It’s all relative. Plus there are many financing options available with 0% interest 😊 —— Anymore questions? Let me know below!👇🏻

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