LASIK is the most advanced form of Laser Vision Correction, and it has helped thousands of patients improve their vision and reduce their dependence on glasses and contacts. LASIK can correct a variety of common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
- Home of 20/20 Vision from Your LASIK Surgery or Your Money Back
- Before LASIK: What to Expect During Your LASIK Consultation
- Understanding Your LASIK Procedure
- Custom LASIK
- State-of-the-Art LASIK Technology
- Blade-Free All-Laser LASIK
- Choosing Griffin & Reed Eye Care for Your LASIK Procedure
- Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation
Home of 20/20 Vision from Your LASIK Surgery or Your Money Back
At Griffin & Reed Eye Care, we are so confident in our ability to deliver the results our patients desire that we are the first and the only in Northern California to offer 20/20 vision from your LASIK surgery or your money back. Most patients qualify for this program. Call 916-485-2020 for details!
Before LASIK: What to Expect During Your LASIK Consultation
We want every patient to be well informed about their eye care decisions. During your LASIK evaluation, your eye doctor will go over the procedure step by step so you know exactly what to expect during your LASIK treatment. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, review results and testimonials, and go over the risks and benefits of the procedure.
During your consultation, you will:
- Meet with and be examined by your potential laser vision correction surgeon, not just a technician.
- Receive a comprehensive evaluation with many ophthalmic tests that you may be familiar with.
- Complete additional tests and measurements that are specific to patients who are considering laser vision correction.
- Get a firm cost of treatment and be given affordable payment options.
- Be given the opportunity to schedule your treatment.
Please anticipate spending two to three hours at our office for this visit. We are a medical practice, not a surgery mill, so we are very thorough in gathering the information needed to treat your vision correction with the care it deserves.
Understanding Your LASIK Procedure
The LASIK procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes to perform with actual laser time averaging less than one minute per eye!
Prior to surgery, the surface of the eye is numbed completely with anesthetic drops. You will also take a relaxant drug, such as Ativan. Many patients express a concern about blinking during the procedure. However, blinking is impossible during the procedure due to a special retainer that helps to keep your eye open.
The LASIK surgeon first creates a thin corneal flap by using the lastest, most advanced femtosecond laser, the Ziemer Z4 Femtosecond Laser. The flap remains attached to the eye, similar to a hinge. This portion of the operation is fully automated and takes about 12 seconds.
The flap is then temporarily lifted back and computer-controlled pulses of cool laser light gently reshape the inner cornea. Our state-of-the-art Alcon WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser produces a cool ultraviolet light that removes a small amount of corneal tissue – typically less than the thickness of a human hair.
During this part of the procedure, the computer controls the laser and directs the reshaping of the cornea, based on your unique corneal map. The flap is then placed back into its original position. After the LASIK procedure, light rays focus more precisely on the retina, improving your vision.
No two eyes or patients have the same unique imperfections in the way our eyes bend light. That is why these unique imperfections, or Wavefront abnormalities as they are known, have come to define what we call the “fingerprint” of your eye.
Wavefront Optimized® treatment allows us to not only treat the things glasses and contact lenses correct but also to customize your treatment for these unique abnormalities. Every patient we see has a Wavefront analysis in conjunction with the Alcon WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser.
We then carefully evaluate the type and amount of these imperfections with each patient and make recommendations regarding treatment options, including whether laser vision correction is appropriate for you.
At Griffin and Reed Eye Care, we use extensive tracking data from thousands of LASIK cases, not the “plug and play” method, to customize your treatment, and we include Wavefront technology for every laser vision correction procedure to ensure you get the most predictable results.
State-of-the-Art LASIK Technology
Our doctors have a deep commitment to patient safety. When you're dealing with something as important as vision, you don't want to take any chances. Our doctors are confident in their skills and surgical abilities, but using only the best technology can significantly reduce the risks involved. For that reason, we only offer LASIK using the latest blade-free, all-laser LASIK technology.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
The Pentacam is the most advanced diagnostic tool available to LASIK surgeons. It utilizes a highly sophisticated camera system to scan and measure a variety of parts of the outer portion of your eye, including your cornea, anterior chamber, iris and lens.
It collects up to 25,000 data points in a scan that takes about 2 seconds for each eye, and creates a 3D model for your surgeon to analyze. This allows us to have a precise elevation map of the surface of your cornea, and helps us provide the most accurate diagnosis for your treatment. Most importantly, the recommendations we make for laser vision correction will be as safe as possible.
LASIK Flap Management
Griffin & Reed Eye Care uses the safest and most effective technology available – the Ziemer Z4 Femtosecond Laser – to create your LASIK flap. This instrument utilizes laser light to accurately create the corneal flap at a very specific depth that your surgeon determines.
If we used the next-best instruments, we could save potentially tens of thousands of dollars per year. However, by using the next-best instrument, we would increase our patients’ risks, since the next best instrument has an unacceptable failure rate. Poor design and poor engineering will lead to malfunction even in the hands of experienced surgeons.
Some instruments may malfunction as often as 1 in 200 treatments due to design or engineering flaws. A failure could be just a minor problem or a blinding complication. We find this to be unacceptable. We continually evaluate new technology options to our Ziemer Z4 Femtosecond Laser, but have yet to find anything as good or better. If there was something better, we would be using it.
Laser Eye Treatment
To accurately treat your eye in laser vision correction surgery, we invested in the eye care industry’s most advanced laser technology. The Alcon WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser delivers a number of benefits and provides patients with a greater level of safety and visual outcome potential.
- Faster Treatment: The Alcon WaveLight® EX500 is the only 500Hz excimer laser with an average treatment time of 1.4 seconds per diopter.
- More Advanced Treatment: WaveLight® technology allows corrective treatment to align more with the natural curvature of your eye to reduce glaring and night vision issues.
- Safer Treatment: By reducing the time to perform the LASIK procedure, the WaveLight® technology can reduce stromal dehydration of the cornea, flap shrinkage, sensitivity to eye movements and minimize the patient’s eye-fixation fatigue.
We use only the best equipment available and our equipment is continually calibrated to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients. We do not reuse materials on multiple patients to save money as some centers in our area have been reported to do in local publications. We do not cut corners to pad a profit margin at the potential expense of our trusting patients.
There is a definite difference in LASIK technology that can make a big impact on your outcomes and experience. We encourage patients to thoroughly understand those differences.
Blade-Free All-Laser LASIK
At Griffin & Reed Eye Care, we only conduct LASIK surgery one way – the best way. That means we only use the technology and procedures that we feel are the best and that allows us to offer our patients the highest level of safety and most predictable results. It is why we only offer blade-free, all-laser LASIK.
What Is Blade-Free, All-Laser LASIK?
In the LASIK procedure, a temporary “flap” is created on the surface of your cornea, where precise laser treatment is then applied to the underlying tissue to laser your personalized, custom treatment to your cornea. The flap is then placed back in position and works like a natural “bandage” to accelerate healing, without stitches.
Historically, conventional LASIK used a mechanical cutting device (microkeratome) to create the corneal flap in LASIK surgery and many providers still use this method due to the expense of newer technology. Today, blade-free, all-laser LASIK has replaced older mechanical technology and uses a laser to create the temporary corneal flap.
Blade-Free, All-Laser LASIK vs. Mechanical Microkeratome LASIK
The femtosecond laser used in blade-free LASIK offers the surgeon a more safe, accurate, and flexible means to create the corneal flap. The advantages of blade-free, all-laser LASIK, include:
- Some patients with thin corneas were deemed unsuitable for LASIK with conventional LASIK, due to the risk that the microkeratome would not leave enough tissue under the flap. Many of these patients are now candidates with blade-free LASIK.
- Blade-free may cause fewer complications by creating flaps that have more defined, angled edges; where microkeratome blades create a thinner flap that may dislocate more easily.
- Bladed Microkeratome machines limit the surgeon’s ability to vary the flap’s hinge location, where the femtosecond laser allows surgeons the ability of 360-degree placement of the hinge.
- Blade-free LASIK may reduce the chances of eye infection. Mechanical blades may drag in debris or other contaminants under the flap that may lead to eye infections.
For these and other reasons, Griffin & Reed Eye Care only offers patients blade-free, all-laser LASIK. Why would we offer you anything less than the best? Why would you choose anything less than the best?
Choosing Griffin & Reed Eye Care for Your LASIK Procedure
Griffin & Reed Eye Care has been serving Northern California since 1974 and tens of thousands of patients have trusted their eyes to our LASIK experts. Surgical skill is a key factor in achieving the best results, and the experience and success of the surgeons at Griffin & Reed Eye Care is unsurpassed.
Our Laser Vision Correction procedures are performed within our state-of-the-art facility in a sterile environment. We invite you to read Why We Are Clearly Different to learn more about our office and our approach to your vision care.
Call Today to Schedule Your Consultation
We decided it was time to put our money where our mouth is and set a new standard. We too were tired of the hype and claims of many in our industry and decided to do something about it.
For additional information on our 20/20 vision from your LASIK surgery or your money back program, we invite you to contact our LASIK department. We don't offer games or gimmicks nor do we participate in bait and switch methods of other laser vision correction providers.
We truly desire to offer our patients the absolute best possible experience.
Discover how LASIK can bring your world into focus. If you are considering LASIK, call Griffin & Reed Eye Care at 916-485-2020 or book an evaluation online!
We welcome patients throughout the Sacramento and Roseville area.