Custom LASIK: Vision in High Definition – Stockton, CA

When searching for Stockton LASIK, look no further.  Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center offers LASIK, PRK, and several types of vision correction procedures at our Stockton LASIK surgery center.  We are proud to serve the San Joaquin County residents of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy, and Ripon, the Stanislaus County residents of Modesto, the Sacramento County residents of Galt, Elk Grove, and Sacramento, plus the Amador County residents of Jackson and Sutter Creek, CA.

What is LASIK Surgery

LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses, and can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatismIt is also considered to be a safe, accurate, and permanent procedure. And because LASIK is so quick and painless, it has become the premier choice for vision correction. At our Stockton LASIK surgery center at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center, our goal is to provide the most advanced eye care technology to ensure that our patients enjoy the clearest vision possible.

Your First Step Towards Freedom From Glasses and Contacts

selfieYou’ll begin your LASIK experience with a free consultation in our LASIK eye surgery center in Stockton, CA. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for our office, our staff, and your surgeon.

First, you’ll have some preliminary eye tests and evaluations. Next, you’ll meet with Kenneth V. Miselis, M.D., our Medical Director and LASIK Surgeon.  Dr. Miselis will get to know you, your eyes, your health, and determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.

Afterwards, you’ll meet with our LASIK Counselor, who will further discuss the treatment, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  If you decide to schedule your surgery, your LASIK Counselor will guide you and be available to you from start to finish.

Why is it Called High Definition Custom LASIK?

Every LASIK procedure we do is highly customized for each patient.  We begin by creating an individualized treatment plan at your pre-op appointment.  We use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to examine your eyes and obtain highly accurate measurements.  In addition, we perform a test using wavefront technology 

Every patient’s cornea is completely unique, like a fingerprint.  The wavescan scans the front of the eye and generates a 3D model of the cornea and the lens.  Dr. Miselis will use the results to identify and treat tiny visual imperfections called higher-order aberrations. This allows us to zero in on and correct these unique, microscopic imperfections that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.  That is why High Definition Custom LASIK treatment ensures very precise surgical outcomes for our LASIK patients.

Does it Hurt to Have LASIK?

Typically, LASIK is a painless and quick procedure. Before the procedure, you’re given medication to help you relax.  Numbing drops are applied to your eyes to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Although you may feel some pressure on your eye, the laser portion of the procedure is painless and only takes 20-50 seconds.

What is the Procedure Like?

lasik surgeryThe procedure is a three-step process. First, Dr. Miselis creates a small hinged flap on the cornea. Next, Dr. Miselis folds the flap back and reshapes the cornea with the laser. The cornea is reshaped so that it can focus light precisely and evenly. When the cornea is the right shape, it is able to produce crisp, sharp vision.  Lastly, Dr. Miselis closes the flap.

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Who is considered a good candidate for LASIK?

Over 94% of the eligible population are good candidates for Stockton LASIK. A good candidate is someone who is over 18 years old and has a stable prescription (for at least one year). In addition, it is also important to have corneas that are thick enough. If your cornea is too thin or you have corneal scarring, there may be other vision rejuvenation procedures with different requirements.

Who would not be a good candidate for LASIK?

There are certain conditions and factors which can increase your risk of an undesirable outcome or limit optimal LASIK results. These include:

  • Chronic dry eyes
  • Too thin or irregular corneas
  • Large pupils
  • High refractive error
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing
  • Unstable vision
  • If you have certain degenerative or active autoimmune disorders

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What is recovery like?

After your procedure, you will need a ride home. In addition, you will need to wear protective eye shields while sleeping for a few weeks after LASIK to protect your eyes while they heal. Lastly, you will need to use anti-inflammatory eye drops, antibiotic eye drops, and artificial tears to keep your eyes well moisturized.

What are the results of having Custom LASIK?

Most patients at our Stockton LASIK surgery eye care center experience better vision almost immediately after having High Definition Custom LASIK surgery at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center.  Vision continues to improve over the next few months as the eyes stabilize. 

Ultimately, the majority of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or better.  In addition, the procedure frequently produces an improvement in overall visual clarity when compared with glasses and contacts.

The advantage of great vision plus the convenience of avoiding corrective lenses is enough to make High Definition Custom LASIK in Stockton at Heritage Eye, Skin & Laser Center the choice of more vision care patients every day.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule your LASIK consultation, call: 209.932.0220 or text: 209.851.4270It’s your first step towards freedom from glasses and contact lenses! 

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Follow along on Rose’s High Definition Custom LASIK Experience and See What It’s Really Like…

Rose, a previous employee here at Heritage, wanted to have LASIK!  We thought it would be fun to follow Rose on her LASIK Adventure and record her experience to share with others. So here it goes!  If you’d like to follow Rose on her adventure…please read on!

Making the Decision to Have LASIK

“Hi, I’m Rose.  Many of you know me and have seen me in my glasses.  Well, I want to have LASIK and get rid of these glasses (lovely as they are)!  The reason I want to have LASIK is because I’m young, I’m active, and glasses and contacts just get in the way for me.  Plus, I see how well our LASIK patients can see afterwards and I want that.  Only this time, hopefully, I can be on the other side and get to see things from the patient’s side!”

Rose’s LASIK Screening: Can She Have LASIK?

The first thing I did was have a screening to make sure I was a candidate for LASIK.  The day of the screening I felt so excited.  It was all sinking in…I was really doing this!  The screening went well and Elysse, our Refractive Surgery Counselor,  explained everything to me.  She made me feel really comfortable and let me know that I was a perfect candidate for LASIK.  She told me exactly what it was like to have LASIK.  I was even more excited after the screening.  I’m really doing this!

Stop Wearing Contacts

The next step was to stop wearing my contacts. Stopping the contacts wasn’t that hard for me. What I was not looking forward to was not using makeup for the three days before and one week after LASIK. I was so excited to be doing this!  I actually brought it up in every conversation, “I’m having LASIK!”  I felt special like I was doing something for me.

When you have LASIK, you can’t wear makeup for a few days before the procedure and a week after.  I was not looking forward to that!  I stopped putting on makeup three days before LASIK.  Once I got used to it, it wasn’t that bad!  Everyone at work said I looked fine but they’re probably just saying that!!!!  I just keep reminding myself that it’s worth it to be able to see without glasses and contacts anymore.

Wow…it’s really happening…reality has finally hit. I’ll be having LASIK in just two more days and today is my LASIK pre-op.  The morning of the pre-op you’re not supposed to read anything up close because it changes the shape of the cornea.  It wasn’t too hard not reading anything up close.  First I met with the LASIK Techs for some testing and measurements, then I met with my eye doctor, and then Dr. Miselis.

During the pre-op, the techs (ophthalmic technicians) were so great and it was a really good experience.  They were so nice and explained everything they were doing with me.  And even though I’m also a tech, it’s just different when you’re on the other side – as the patient.  They assured me that everything would be fine. My eye doctor at Heritage was really nice, she explained why she was doing each test, and was very detailed. During the last part of the pre-op, I met with Dr. Miselis.  He was very nice.  He told me what to expect during and after the LASIK procedure, and was very reassuring.

I can’t believe the day is finally here!  I was nervous this morning and excited at the same time.  I dreamt that I coughed during the procedure!!!!  Everyone at work was excited for me and asked how I was doing. I worked most of the day as usual until it was my turn to have LASIK.  I was pretty relaxed about it all day because I’ve seen how Dr. Miselis is with his patients and I work with the patients after their procedure so I know how great their results are.  I have been telling everyone that I’m having LASIK and I brought  my family and friends to our office to watch me have LASIK!  I brought my kids, my niece, my parents, my brother, and my neighbors to watch the procedure!

When it as my turn to get ready for LASIK, Melissa (one of our LASIK Techs) came and got me and told me it was my turn to get prepped for LASIK.   Melissa was so nice and patient with me and she explained everything to me.  She assured me that everything would be fine.  She put a surgical cap on my head and booties on my feet.  She also fitted me with goggles and explained that I would wear them for two weeks when I sleep at night to protect my eyes from getting anything in them.  She gave me a low dose of Valium which helped me to relax.  Then she took me into the LASIK Suite.

The first thing they do is give you the cutest little teddy bear to hold on to during the procedure.  Then you lie on this bed and they put a patch over your left eye while they work on the right eye.  Dr. Miselis was very calm and reassuring.  He made me feel very secure.  He tells you what he’s doing every step of the way.  If you’re worried because you think you think you might blink – you can’t because they use an instrument to hold your eye open.  It didn’t hurt.  He put drops in my eye to numb it and tells you to stare up at this red light and keep your head still.  He tells you that you won’t see the red light for a few seconds while he’s doing the procedure.  It goes by really quick (it only takes like 10 – 15 seconds per eye).  Then all of a sudden you see the red light again and the procedure is over on that side.  Then he does the same thing on the other eye.

Right after the procedure I felt very calm.  Most people want to sit up and see how well they can see but we always tell patients it will be blurry right afterwards – like looking through water.  That’s exactly what it looked like.  After it was all over, I sat up and it was like looking through water.  I felt excited and relieved at the same time.  I felt so happy to work for Dr. Miselis – he took really good care of me.  He does with all of us.  It’s like we’re his kids!

They walked me back to one of the patient rooms and Dr. Miselis came in to explain what he wanted me to do when I got home.  He gave me two sleeping pills and told me to take one when I got home.  He said to take a nap and then wake up later and have dinner, then take another sleeping pill and go back to sleep for the night.  So that’s exactly what I did.

Dr. Miselis called me that night to check on me (like he does with all of his LASIK patients).  It made me feel really good knowing that he was checking on me and was there if I needed anything.  The night went really great though.  I put on the goggles and went to sleep.  I did exactly what he said and slept through the night.

When I woke up, I still had the goggles on and they were steamy!  I took them off and looked outside and couldn’t believe how clear everything was!  We always tell patients that they may be a little blurry in the morning so that’s what I was expecting but it wasn’t – it was super clear!  Most of our LASIK patients take Friday off and rest over the weekend but I called and said I was fine and was coming in!  I got ready that morning and came back to work.  I felt great and could see great.  It was so great to be able to see so clear when working with our patients.

My doctor checked my eyes at my post-op appointment and I was 20/15!  That’s better than perfect vision!  I was so excited!  I worked the rest of the day and felt great!

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