Laser Partnership Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

LASIK eye surgery can help you see clearly without the inconvenience of always needing your glasses or contact lenses. As an experienced optometrist, Dr. C. Gene Wilkins in Cypress, California, is also a certified provider of preoperative and postoperative LASIK care. Dr. Wilkins has LASIK partnerships with several area providers, including NVISION® Laser Eye Centers, so you can entrust your care before and after LASIK surgery to Dr. Wilkins and his capable team. Learn if LASIK vision correction is right for you. Call Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Laser Partnership Q & A

What is LASIK vision correction?

LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis — a type of laser refractive surgery that reshapes your cornea so you can see clearly without glasses or contact lenses. LASIK can correct common vision problems such as:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism, an irregularly shaped cornea
  • Presbyopia, or age-related difficulty focusing up close

For many adults who undergo LASIK surgery, the results are almost immediate, and it becomes a long-term solution for seeing clearly without dependence on glasses or contacts.

Am I a candidate for LASIK surgery?

As an optometrist, before referring you to one of his LASIK partnerships, including NVision® surgeons, Dr. Wilkins evaluates your eye health and your vision to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. He discusses your medical history with you, as well. Dr. Wilkins examines your eyes to determine if you have any signs of the following conditions:

  • Infection or inflammation
  • Dry eyes
  • Large pupils
  • High eye pressure
  • Corneal irregularities

Dr. Wilkins also measures the shape and thickness of your cornea and evaluates which areas need to be reshaped to correct your vision problems. He essentially creates a topographic map of your eye. The more detailed his measurements are, the more accurately your LASIK surgeon can correct your vision issues so you can see as clearly as possible after the procedure.

What can I expect during and after LASIK surgery?

The surgery itself takes just a few minutes per eye. You relax comfortably while your eye surgeon performs LASIK surgery using state-of-the-art lasers to lift away a corneal flap and reshape your cornea. The surgeon programs the laser ahead of time and a tiny laser beam removes a minuscule layer of corneal tissue. The corneal flap goes back into place and heals itself.

After the procedure, your eyes may feel itchy or watery, and your vision may be blurry at first. A day or two after surgery, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Wilkins so he can check your progress and vision.

Dr. Wilkins continues to monitor your progress for the next six months after surgery to make sure your eyes are healing as expected. As a LASIK partner, he makes it convenient for you to return to his office for exams, so you don’t have to make special trips elsewhere.

If you want to learn more about LASIK surgery and find out if you’re a candidate, call the office or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.