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In early November of 1994, Claremont Optometry was the first optometric practice in the Inland Empire to successfully co-manage LASIK laser vision correction patients. Since then we have managed hundreds of patients, all with excellent outcomes and we have not experienced any major complications. We only refer patients to top-notch surgeons, who have thousands of procedures of experience.
Laser Vision Correction or LASIK is becoming very competitive, especially in populated areas like Southern California. Please remember a few things:
Here's a list of surgeons we recommend for laser vision correction:
Tom Tooma, MD, TLC, The Laser Center, Newport Beach, Ontario, CA
Jonathan Ramin Pirnazar, MD, TLC, The Laser Center, Ontario, CA
Robert Fabricant, MD, FACS, Pacific Eye Institute Laser Center, Upland, CA
Robert Maloney, MD, Maloney Vision Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Robert Fabricant, Medical Director at the Laser Center at Pacific Eye Institute in Upland, prepares patient James Baggarly for the LASIK procedure.
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Dr. Ann Johannsen's Lasik surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Tooma. Ten minutes later she was sitting up and seeing!
|Claremont Optometry Group's own staff member and LASIK Coordinator, Pamela Christley, had LASIK surgery in March 2007. She is pictured here with Dr. Thomas Tooma minutes after having her surgery. "It's so incredible and everyone at the TLC center has been great!"|
The following information has been provided by TLC Laser Eye Centers. For more information please visit TLCvision.com.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in North America. It is a highly effective outpatient procedure that is suitable for most low, moderate and higher prescriptions. LASIK uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye.
While conventional LASIK has been a complete revolution in vision correction, TLC also offers the latest in laser vision correction technology: Custom LASIK. Custom LASIK is a procedure that enables your surgeon to further customize the conventional LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. This customized procedure may result in patients seeing clearer and sharper than ever before. FDA studies show that Custom LASIK may produce better vision than is possible with contact lenses or glasses.
In clinical studies, Custom LASIK has been able to provide patients with:
Clinical studies have shown that Custom LASIK may improve not only what you see but also how well you see it. In the past, all vision was measured using a standard vision chart. If you could see the letters, the doctor would use that measurement for how well you could see. But now, with Custom LASIK, doctors are able to focus on the quantity as well as the quality of your vision. Many patients who have had Custom LASIK are reporting the ability to see clearer than ever before.
Several types of visual imperfections, referred to as lower- and higher-order aberrations, exist within the eye and may affect your vision (the amount of these aberrations vary from person to person). Previously, only lower-order aberrations (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism) could be measured and treated. Higher-order aberrations may also have a significant impact on vision and have been linked to glare and halos. Now Custom LASIK may help to further customize your treatment of these higher-order aberrations that, in the past, could not be adequately treated with glasses, contacts or conventional LASIK treatments. Your doctor will recommend the best procedure for you based on your personal aberrations.
Custom LASIK uses a wavefront analyzer to measure the way light travels through your eye. The wavefront analyzer creates a customized 3-D map of your eye that looks at your entire optical system. This map provides information about the unique visual characteristics of your eye which adds an additional level of data about your vision, enabling your TLC surgeon to further customize your vision correction.
Good candidates are at least 18 years of age, in good general health, and with no eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. A screening with your TLC eye doctor is the best way to determine if you are a candidate and what your probable outcome may be. TLC Laser Eye Centers also offer complimentary consultations.
Good candidates should be free of eye diseases including keratoconus, glaucoma, advanced cataracts and certain retinal and optic nerve diseases. Candidates should be free of certain eye viruses including herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Good candidates should also be free of certain health problems including uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune or collagen vascular disease, and any medication or condition which renders the patient immunocompromised.
Patients should make their doctor aware of certain eye problems including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (muscle imbalance), severe dry eyes, previous eye surgery or injury, or any recurrent, residual or active eye conditions which may affect healing. Other conditions that should be related to the doctor include keloid scarring with previous surgical healing, back problems, claustrophobia or other psychological problems, which may affect the surgery or recovery.
It is critical that a potential laser vision correction candidate has obtained a stable prescription for at least one year. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not eligible to pursue laser vision correction until two menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued. This is to make sure that the best results are achieved with the surgery, and to try to limit fluctuations in prescription that can occur with hormonal shifts.
LASIK surgery may be elective, but good vision is not. We understand how valuable your sight is to you, and we keep our sights set on providing safe and advanced technologies for our patients. That is why All-Laser LASIK using the IntraLase(R) laser is a technology that is used in some of our centers in North America.
With All-laser LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create the corneal flap. This technology enables the surgeon the ability to customize the corneal flap for every individual patient. In recent studies done by IntraLase, this technology may now make it possible to treat those who were previously dismissed as non candidates due to thin corneas.
Our doctors can offer customization for you in all parts of the procedure: custom diagnosis (before the procedure), custom flap (All-laser LASIK), and custom treatment (to complete the procedure).
As with all technologies that TLC uses, please consult your local TLC Laser Eye Center for guidance. A comprehensive consultation will determine what is the best treatment for you.
All-laser LASIK has been used in more than 500,000 LASIK procedures worldwide.