About Refractive Surgery
Refractive surgery pertains to a type of treatment that restores vision by revising the shape of the cornea. Some vision problems, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (age-related near vision loss), and astigmatism happen when the cornea is misshapen. When the cornea is misshapen, this impacts how light is positioned on the retina. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, we offer both LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) to treat, manage, and restore your vision. Depending on your cornea, preferences, and lifestyle, our expert ophthalmologists will help you select which treatment works best for you. Please contact one of our state-of-the-art locations in Encino or West Hills to schedule a consultation.
Refractive Surgery Explained Reviews
"Thinking about getting your cataracts taken care of? I've spent the last 3 years doing your homework for you, and I'm about to demystify the process, allay your fears and give you all of the keys to the kingdom you'll ever need. I have been to a number of well-known ophthalmologists and a world famous eye institute, but, after my extensive studies, the best of the best and the only one I fully trusted was Brad Elkins. Dr. Elkins answers any and all questions, no matter how insignificant or stupid you might think they are. (And, believe me, I am the master of stupid questions, unreasonable fears and oblique reactions - I really should have worn a big chicken costume going in). I understand that even will all your questions answered, you'll still be fearful... it's understandable, it's human nature. But, Dr. Elkins is so well-educated, soothing and comforting in his presentation, that you will relax, trust and be fully prepared. Cataract surgery is not like Alex getting re-programmed in that haunting scene from "A Clockwork Orange", although going in, you might think so. For my left eye, I was as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof, blabbering nervously and my blood pressure way too elevated... but, with the calming effects of the local, Dr. Elkins talked me through the process as it was going on, demystifying it fully, answering all of my racing brain's questions and making sure I was calm and comforted through the whole procedure. It's as if he and I were on a cool, fascinating and mystical trip together. (As an artist, I have to tell you, the colors, the imagery is like nothing you have ever witnessed before). For the second eye, I couldn't wait to get on the gurney and get it done. I was with a group of smiling new friends (Dr. Elkin's crew, all wonderful souls) who took really good care of me. It was like being at a great cocktail party and the camaraderie was fascinating and memorable. (And, I must say, Dr. Siegel makes an excellent cocktail!) I wish I had more eyes, so I could go through cataract surgery with Dr. Elkins many more times. Special kudos to the surgical team and the surgical coordinator, Ana, who is a constant smile, while keeping all the details covered and making you feel confidant and comfortable. No matter what I may say, you're going to be nervous/scared, but following the surgery, you'll be asking yourself, "What was my big fuss all about? That was great!" My cataract surgeries with Dr. Brad Elkins were painless, quick and the results are astounding. I can see the craters on the moon without a telescope, my art looks, as if, I have never seen it before and it's great to be able to look deep into people's eyes and make a full connection. Time to stop living in fear - get the surgery done already - and see your wonderful world, as it was meant to be seen."- W.D. / Yelp / Aug 04, 2019
"The best description that I could have for Dr Zeegen is he is like your favorite uncle (although we are not that different in age!) who lets you have whatever you want with a smile. I could barely see anything due to my cataracts in both eyes, while I was using thick glasses for years. He gave my eyesight back with a simple surgery. On my way home to surgery I went to a restaurant for lunch, I then visited my remodeling contractor and then went to my daughter's new college to help her pick glasses, only wearing temporary sunglasses! No more prescription glasses! No more semi blindness due to cataracts. Within minutes after the surgery I could read the instructions on the eye drop bottle without glasses. He is a combination of a saint, your best friend, your favorite uncle, a magician, but more importantly, a GREAT doctor with a beatiful personality and a smile on his face who listens to you. I still cannot believe the results. It appears to be a dream that you hope nobody would wake you. Thanks for my eyesight Dr. Zeegen."- A.E. / Yelp / May 30, 2017
"Was referred to Dr. Elkins by Robert Teagle, OD, Santa Clarita for analysis of cataracts, its removal and implanting permanent lenses in my eyes. An appointment was made immediately. From the moment I entered Dr. Elkins' office I felt comfortable and knew I was in good hands. All of the staff was friendly, competent, knowledgable and concerned. Dr. Elkins explained the various options to restore my vision in language I could understand. Always a smile and he I knew by his confidence I would be well cared for. I received permanent lens implants at the West Hills Hospital outpatient facility. Absolutely the best care. The surgery was easy, comfortable and fast. The results are incredible. My sight is phenomenal. Dr. Elkins is the best. The level of care and attention is off the scale. Eye surgery can a frightening event. Dr. Elkins removed all fear and the results are even better than what he described. Go see Brad Elkins. I can't recommend him highly enough."- M.B. / Yelp / Jun 14, 2012
"I've been a patient for many years and the staff has come and gone but one thing that is always consistent is that each staff member is competent and caring and always has a smile for me. I can only describe Dr. Zeegan as the best!! I feel blessed to have found such a wonderful group of professionals to take care of my eyes."- G.H. / Google / Feb 15, 2019
"Dr. Elkins is wonderful. The entire team was through, friendly, and efficient.From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with a smile. Thank you OAV!!"- S.H. / Google / Sep 15, 2019
Ideal patients for refractive surgery typically have good eye and overall health and an ample amount of corneal tissue. Because both LASIK and PRK require us to reshape the cornea, patients must have a thick cornea. However, PRK is generally suggested for patients with thinner corneal tissue or for those who engage in extremely active lifestyles. Most often, patients want surgery to avoid using contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses. While most patients achieve 20/20 vision or better with refractive surgery, it’s important to understand that some may still require corrective lenses after the surgery. During your consultation, one of our expert refractive surgery specialists will determine if LASIK or PRK is right for you and discuss realistic expectations.
What to Expect
The Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA provides LASIK and PRK refractive surgery. Both of these surgeries use innovative laser technology to reshape the cornea. We have outlined the details of each procedure below:
LASIK – LASIK eye surgery utilizes laser technology to create a small thin flap within the cornea near the part that needs reshaping. The flap is then positioned to reveal the middle layer of the cornea. This part of the cornea is reshaped using an excimer laser, and then the flap is repositioned in the correct spot. Generally, this procedure is quick, and you will only need about a day to recover.
PRK – During this surgery, the first step to PRK (compared to LASIK) is the extraction of the top corneal layer. Next, the middle layer is reformed with the same excimer laser device that we use in LASIK. Generally, a contact lens “band-aid” is positioned over the eye while the cornea starts to regrow new tissue. We can complete PRK surgeries within about 5 – 15 minutes; however, you may need additional recovery time so the cornea can heal and grow back.
Following your refractive surgery, we will schedule several appointments to ensure your eyes heal correctly. The first follow-up visit is typically scheduled the day after your appointment and will continue for the next few months so we can monitor your healing. During these visits, we perform a quick vision exam and review your eye health. Because everyone is different and has a unique case, patients may experience immediate improvements in visual acuity. However, for some patients, they may still have blurriness and fuzzy vision for a little longer. Either way, no matter how quickly you notice the results, you must attend all necessary follow-up appointments.
Refractive Error Repair
Although refractive eye surgery has life-altering advantages, our team does understand you may feel a little intimidated about the surgery. If you want additional information about refractive surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA. Our ophthalmologists can discuss the advantages and safety, and we will take the time to listen to your goals and concerns. Our goal is to ensure you feel knowledgeable about your decision. The teams at Encino and West Hills strive to help you enhance your quality of life by improving your vision.