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Fuerst Eye Center

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in West Covina, CA & Glendale / La Canada, CA

Like many people, you may be considering refractive surgery such as LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), so you no longer have to wear glasses or contact lenses. The expert team at Fuerst Eye Center has more than 20 years of experience performing LASIK and has helped many people improve their vision. The board-certified ophthalmologists David Fuerst, MD and Nicole Fuerst, MD use advanced techniques when performing LASIK. To schedule a free LASIK consultation, contact the office in Glendale or West Covina, California by phone or request an appointment online today.


What is LASIK?

LASIK is a type of refractive eye surgery. This type of surgery corrects optical errors and brings images into focus as much as possible. During the procedure, your doctor uses a special laser to change the shape of your cornea to correct your refractive vision error. 

The team at Fuerst Eye Center has more than 20 years of experience performing LASIK surgery and offers state-of-the-art technology. 

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

The team at Fuerst Eye Center offers free LASIK consultations to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. LASIK can fix many common refractive errors, including:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism

If you’re searching for a treatment that enables you to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, contact Fuerst Eye Center to schedule your free consultation. 

Though the team has helped improve vision for many people, you may not be considered a good candidate for LASIK if you have an underlying eye condition, such as severe dry eye, eye inflammation, keratoconus, or a medical condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or a weakened immune system.

What happens during LASIK surgery?

LASIK is an outpatient procedure that usually only takes about 30 minutes. During the procedure, your eye surgeon at Fuerst Eye Center uses a ‘femto’ laser to create the hinged corneal flap and then reshapes the cornea using an ‘excimer’ laser. Your eye surgeon then repositions your flap, which adheres without stitches. 

To reduce the rare risk of flap-related complications, the team at Fuerst Eye Center offers bladeless surgery, which uses a laser tool to create your corneal flap.

How long does it take to recover from LASIK?

Immediately following your LASIK procedure, your eyes may feel gritty and itchy, but you should experience very little pain. Your vision may also be hazy and blurry, but most people are able to drive and resume their usual activities the following day.

You will use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops for a week and will need to use frequent artificial tears for several months.

It may take up to three months for your eyes to completely heal and for you to see the full benefits of your LASIK procedure. 

To schedule your consultation with the experienced eye surgeons at Fuerst Eye Center to discuss LASIK, call the office or request an appointment online today.

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