Chico's Laser Eye Center

Dr. Robert Reeve and Dr. David Woods perform excimer laser refractiver surgery for Northern Californians.  With wavefront and eye-tracking technology, our goal is the highest quality LASIK and laser vision correction possible.  The VISX excimer laser and femtosecond Intralase have been used to perform millions of LASIK cases in the U.S.   Call (530) 899-2244 for your consultation with our refractive surgery center.
You may be a LASIK candidate if you wish to decrease your dependence on glasses.  Myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism all cause errors in the visual system of the eye causing blurry vision without some form of visual correction.  Options for correcting refractive errors include glasses, contact lenses, LASIK, and surface laser treatments, such as PRK or LASEK.  A consultation with our surgical staff and physicians will give you a information of your candidacy  for LASIK. 
Chico has a state of the art LASIK suite at the Reeve-Woods Eye Center.  When wavefront technology allowed custom cornea treatments for vision correction, we readily adapted the technology to treat each patients individual prescription with precision and accuracy. 
Dr. Reeve and Dr. Woods are pleased to use the VISX wavefront excimer laser with eye-tracking technology.  The Ladar eye-tracker allows the laser system to delivery precise and accurate results without worry of decentration.  Software upgrades have recently been added to our laser, as FDA trials have shown the custom laser treatment for patients with hyperopia to be safe and effective. 
The excimer laser was initially used in laser vision correction in the 1990's.  The first procedure with the excimer laser was PRK.  PRK (Photorefractive keratectomy) utilized the excimer laser to reshape the surface of the cornea without the need of creating a corneal flap, as is used now more commonly in LASIK.  PRK is referred to as 'surface treatment' because after removing the superficial epithelial cells on the cornea, the ophthalmologist treats the cornea directly with the excimer laser.  PRK is advantageous that it is a very stable procedure.  Healing after PRK may require a few days and vision stabilizes generally after a few weeks.   
LASIK varies from PRK in that a thin corneal flap is created by the corneal surgeon using a suction ring and keratome device.  The advent of the microkeratome and flap creation improved recovery for patients, who were generally pleased with the faster visual recovery and comfort.  The excimer laser reshapes the corneal surface beneath the LASIK flap and the flap is replaced. 
  LASIK corneal reshaping
Many patients in their late 40's or beyond have found that monovision with contact lenses is a functional way to see both distance and near.  Monovision means that one eye is corrected for distance, but the other eye is focussed for near activities.  For example, a contact lens wearer would see clearly with the right eye for driving and distance, but the patients nondominant  eye, the prescription in the contact lens might be set for computer or reading activities.  Many patients adapt very well to monovision, and the benefit is a decreased use of glasses for only rare occasions. 
LASIK with monovision is an excellent choice for any patient who already uses monovision in their contact lenses and likes it.  By doing LASIK, the contacts are usually no longer necessary.   
On the day of your LASIK consultation at the Reeve-Woods Eye Center, you will be guided through a thorough process of evaluating your candidacy for LASIK.  We ask you to give us as much information as possible about your routine and life activities to better determine what are your visual needs.  Valerie Mayfield has been our LASIK Surgery Coordinator at the Eye Center since 2001.   Your consultation will include topographic scanning of the cornea, a ladar wave analysis of your visual system, and time with our physicians to verify the health of your eye, a stable prescription, and answer your questions. 
Valerie has over 20 years experience in clinical eye care and is the LASIK and refractive surgery coordinator at Reeve-Woods Eye Center.

On the day of your surgery, you will have our team guiding you through the process to help make this day a successful experience for you.  Our laser system is permanently stationed at the Reeve-Woods Eye Center.  The surgery itself usually takes only a few minutes.  You will go home with eye goggles and rest until being seen again the next morning.  Eye drops including an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops, plus frequent artificial tears are used after surgery to reduce chances of infection or inflammation after surgery.  90% of patients are legal to drive to their first appointment the day after surgery. 
E-mail requests for information can be made to: SRECVAL@SBCGLOBAL.NET.