Laser Vision Correction | Vision and Eye Health

Laser Vision Correction

Our eye surgeons perform all types of advanced laser vision correction surgeries, including LASIK, PRK and laser-assisted cataract surgery.

Medically reviewed by Jeffrey Caspar, M.D. on Aug. 11, 2023.

Surgeon and health care providers working on patient’s eye in surgery room.

Advanced Laser Treatments for Improved Vision

Laser vision correction (laser eye surgery) corrects certain vision problems to help reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Highly trained ophthalmologists (eye surgeons) at the UC Davis Eye Center use state-of-the-art laser technology to reshape the front surface of your eyes to improve your vision.

The new shape helps your eyes focus light better so you can see more clearly. After surgery, many people no longer need glasses or contact lenses. Our eye surgeons perform a range of laser eye surgeries to treat common and complex vision problems. 

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Types of Laser Eye Surgeries

There are several types of laser vision correction procedures. Your provider can help determine which procedure is best for you.

Bladeless LASIK

Our eye surgeons specialize in bladeless LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) eye surgery. They use one type of laser to create a flap in your cornea. A different laser reshapes the cornea underneath the flap. This procedure can quickly improve your vision with minimal discomfort and rapid visual recovery.

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

If you have thin corneas or dry eyes, your eye surgeon may recommend photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) instead of LASIK. They will use a laser directly on the surface of your cornea without making a flap. This procedure lowers the risk of certain complications, but vision improvements may be slower.

Astigmatic Keratectomy (AK)

An astigmatic keratectomy (AK) uses a laser to create short, curved incisions. This treatment can make irregularly shaped corneas (astigmatism) more spherical or round.

Laser Cataract Surgery

During laser cataract surgery, your eye surgeon uses an optical coherence tomography (OCT) guided femtosecond laser to perform many of the steps of cataract surgery typically done by hand. This improves the surgery’s precision and accuracy.

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Preparing for Laser Eye Surgery

Our eye surgery team will prepare you for what to expect before, during and after laser eye surgery. It is important to follow their instructions to make sure your surgery goes well.

  • Before Laser Eye Surgery

    During a presurgical evaluation, your provider will take numerous measurements of your eye including your refraction, the thickness of your corneas, your tear production and the size of your pupils. They’ll also use advanced imaging technology to create a wavefront scan of your eye. This information helps guide the laser during surgery proving more accurate results with better vision quality.

  • During Laser Eye Surgery

    Numbing eyedrops will keep your eye comfortable, although you might feel pressure. An eyelid holder keeps your eye open during the procedure. Advanced eye tracking will assure the treatment is properly centered. Learn what to expect with laser eye surgery.

  • After Laser Eye Surgery

    Your provider will place protective goggles over your eyes. You should wear these when you leave the center till the next morning. You may need to wear it for a few nights while you sleep. All medicated drops will be provided.

Home Care

You will receive detailed written instructions on use of the medicated eye drops and postoperative care.

Continue Your Medications

Use your antibiotic, lubricating and anti-inflammatory eyedrops as prescribed by your provider. 

Protect Your Eyes

Sunglasses will be provided to wear outside as well as protective goggles.

Take It Easy

Depending on the type of procedure you have, you may return to work as soon as 1-2 days. PRK will require a longer recover period.

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