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Michael McQuillan, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
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Dr. Michael McQuillan, OD

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“The Irish Eye Doctor”

Dr. Michael McQuillan, OD

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What Is LASIK Surgery Co-Management and Why Do I Need It? 

February 15, 2022
Since 1991, LASIK has been known as the “wonder” treatment that restores 20/20 vision. Not only is the procedure safe and effective, but it can be performed in an in-office setting. As fast and convenient as it all sounds, you may be wondering what LASIK surgery co-management is and why it’s even necessary. Read on as an Oxnard, CA optometrist discusses the ins and outs of LASIK surgery co-management.

What’s Involved With LASIK Surgery?

LASIK, also known as laser eye surgery, is an in-office procedure that offers a safe and effective way to correct certain eye conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. The surgery works to correct the part of the eye that causes these types of vision problems, which is the cornea.   The cornea makes up the outer surface of your eye. Normally, it’s supposed to a have symmetrical shape that allows light to land directly on the lens, which sits at the back of the eye. When the cornea is too curved, light rays don’t land on the lens as they should. This is what causes blurry, unfocused vision. A LASIK procedure remodels your cornea so it takes on a symmetrical shape. Once corrected, 20/20 vision is restored.

Why LASIK Co-Management?

Even though LASIK offers the convenience of an in-office setting, it’s still a surgical procedure. And as with most all forms of surgery, pre-op preparations must be made and post-op care must be administered. A LASIK procedure is no different. LASIK co-management involves two doctors -an optometrist and an ophthalmologist- who coordinate your treatment from start to finish. Your optometrist carries out the following tasks:
  • Exam your eyes to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure
  • Refers you to the ophthalmologist who will perform the surgery
  • Obtains the needed eye measurements that will be used as a guide during the surgery
  • Manage your post-op treatment
  • Report ongoing post-op progress to the ophthalmologist
More often than not, optometrists work exclusively with one or more surgeons, which makes the co-management process easier. The ophthalmologist or surgeon will also conduct an exam that includes an in-depth inspection of your cornea and also considers the overall health of your eyes. Post-op LASK co-management care will also require follow-up appointments with both doctors to ensure your recovery proceeds as intended.   If you’re considering LASIK and have questions about the procedure or the co-management process, please don’t hesitate to call our Oxnard, CA optometry office today.                                        

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