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Wearing Contacts before a LASIK Consultation

Posted by administration on April 18, 2016

Contacts_before_a_LASIK_consultation.jpgWhat’s the hardest part of having LASIK surgery?  It’s not necessarily the recovery.  A lot of our patients say going without contacts is often the hardest part of LASIK. 

Before having a consultation for LASIK surgery, you must not wear your contacts from anywhere between 10 days to a month before surgery, depending on the type of lenses you wear and how long you have been wearing them.  Contact lenses work by changing the shape of your cornea.  Your eyes need time to adjust back to their natural shape prior to a LASIK consultation to ensure the best surgical result possible.

Before scheduling a LASIK consultation, you’ll want to let the staff at Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco know what contact lenses you wear.  They will let you know how long you need to go contact-free before you have your procedure.

For more information, please contact us at (415) 921-7555 or

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What Does Refractive Surgery Mean?

Posted by administration on April 14, 2016

Refractive_Surgery.jpgRefractive eye surgery is eye surgery that is performed to eliminate or reduce dependency on contact lenses or glasses, although some people still need prescription eye glasses or contacts after the procedure. It is used to improve the refractive state of the eye which improves natural vision. 

Refractive surgery can include a variety of methods of surgery that remodel or change the cornea or can include cataract surgery.  Excimer lasers are used most commonly to reshape the curvature of the cornea.  Refractive surgery is a way to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and some types of astigmatism.  The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASIK.

If you are interested in reducing your dependence on contact lenses or eye glasses, are free of eye disease, and would like to investigate refractive surgery as an option, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule a consultation.

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LASIK vs. PRK: What is the Difference?

Posted by administration on April 04, 2016

LASIK_vs_PRK.jpgOne of the most well-known eye surgeries is LASIK.  When asked, most people have heard about it. But PRK, which stands for photo refractive keratectomy, is less well-known.  What’s the difference?

PRK and LASIK are both laser surgery procedures and both work by changing the shape of the cornea. The difference is mainly in the method. With PRK, the surgeon removes the outer layer of the cornea and exposes an area for the laser to reshape.  With LASIK, the surgeon makes an incision in the cornea to create a flap of tissue which is lifted so the laser can be applied to reshape the inner layers of the cornea.

PRK can be a better choice for people with certain conditions such as dry eyes or thin corneas.  However, PRK can be more uncomfortable and takes longer to heal.  LASIK has a quick recovery period and discomfort tends to be minimal.

Your surgeon will discuss which surgical procedure is right for you.  If you’re interested in correcting your vision with laser surgery, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco at 415-921-7555 or

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Corrective Eye Surgery

Posted by administration on March 28, 2016

Corrective_Eye_Surgery.jpgCorrective eye surgery, also known as laser eye surgery or refractive surgery, is a surgical procedure that corrects vision problems.  There are different types of correction eye surgeries available to today’s patient.  Two popular procedures are:

LASIK:  LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis.  LASIK eye surgery is used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, and for some types of astigmatism.  It cannot correct all vision problems.  LASIK works by reshaping the cornea by making a flap in the outer layer of the cornea so that the underlying tissue can be accessed.  Numbing drops are used to eliminate pain.  Most patients report a dramatic improvement in vision after undergoing LASIK surgery.

PRK: With PRK, the cornea is reshaped by removing a microscopic amount of tissue from the corneal stroma using a beam of light (laser).  No flap is created.  Recovery time is generally longer with PRK than with LASIK.  However, since there is no flap, there are some benefits to PRK.

For more information about corrective eye surgery, please call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule a consultation. 

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LASIK and Tax Refunds

Posted by administration on March 24, 2016

Paying_for_LASIK.jpgTax refund time is one of the best times of the year for many people.  The extra money often finds its way to purchases for new home furnishings, clothing and….LASIK?   Yes, LASIK.  Why not?

If you have a tax refund coming, LASIK might be a great way to utilize it.  Although financing is typically available for medical and vision correction procedures, cash is even better.  LASIK has become more affordable in recent years but is still a major investment. 

To schedule a LASIK consultation or to talk to one of our experts, call Pacific Eye Specialists in San Francisco to schedule an appointment.

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