LASIK Specialist

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LASIK services offered in Encino, Santa Clarita and Palmdale, CA

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure to improve your vision without glasses or contact lenses. At Wide Eye Optometry, with offices in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, and Palmdale, California, experienced optometrist Mary Demirjian, OD, skillfully evaluates your eyes to determine whether you’re a good candidate for this type of vision correction. If you’re ready for LASIK, Dr. Demirjian works with the leading local ophthalmologists to co-manage your care. Call the nearest office or book online to schedule your appointment today. 


What is LASIK?

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that corrects vision problems including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. 

During LASIK, your surgeon uses an excimer laser, a state-of-the-art tool with pinpoint accuracy, to remove the exact amount of tissue needed to remold your corneas (the transparent coating over the eye) and provide improved vision. 

LASIK can reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses, and in fact many people don’t need their glasses or contacts after surgery. However, if you need reading glasses for close-up vision, you’ll still need those after LASIK.

Is LASIK right for me?

The best way to find out whether LASIK is right for you is a LASIK evaluation at Wide Eye Optometry. Dr. Demirjian evaluates LASIK candidacy on a case-by-case basis, but in general,  you need to qualify for the surgery in a few ways including: 

  • At least 18 years old (ideally, 21 or older)
  • Stable prescription for the last year
  • Healthy corneas
  • Adequate corneal thickness
  • Healthy eyes (no glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, or other issues)

There are also some other issues and conditions that may prevent you from having LASIK. Dr. Demirjian can explain all the factors that can influence your candidacy for LASIK. 

If you’re not a good candidate for this particular type of refractive surgery, another surgery may help. For example, procedures like laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) can be a good option for people with corneas that are too thin for LASIK.

What is the process like for LASIK treatment?

After your LASIK exam, Dr. Demirjian refers you to an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who performs eye surgeries) for your procedure. Wide Eye Optometry works closely with the leading local ophthalmologists in the area. 

After your surgery, you’ll come to Wide Eye Optometry for all of your follow-up care. If you have any issues that occur after surgery, Dr. Demirjian works hand-in-hand with your surgeon to make sure that you recover quickly. However, complications from LASIK are quite rare and most people experience a very successful surgery. 

It’s normal to have dry eyes for a while after LASIK, and your vision may fluctuate for several months. Most people experience stable vision after 3-6 months*. You’ll need to wear glasses instead of contacts for at least a few weeks after LASIK, until your eyes heal. 

To learn more about LASIK, call the nearest Wide Eye Optometry office or click booking tool to schedule an appointment. 

*Individual results may vary