The most coveted level of vision is 20/20, which means peepers can correctly identify 20 out of 20 typos on the optometrist's eye chart. Sharpen your eagle-eye for errors with today's Groupon: for $1,995, you get Micro-LASIK surgery at IQ Laser Vision, with locations in City of Industry, Sherman Oaks, Alhambra, Costa Mesa, and Westminster (a $4,150 value). Surgeries are performed at the City of Industry location; consultations and follow-up sessions can take place at any of the above locations.
IQ Laser Vision dishes out improved visual acuity with bilateral custom Micro-LASIK surgeries performed by an accomplished board-certified surgeon. As a leading practitioner of the Micro-LASIK technique, Dr. Robert Lin has performed more than 25,000 refractive procedures and nearly 50,000 eyelash perms. An initial 90-minute consultation helps to determine patient candidacy and educates clients on the Micro-LASIK technique, which enlists more safety precautions than typical LASIK and can diminish the likelihood of side effects. Where traditional LASIK procedures create a thin corneal flap, Micro-LASIK uses a microkeratome to establish a flap that is 50% thinner than that of traditional LASIK, bolstering eyes with more corneal tissue.
After numbing vision globes with anesthetic eye drops and slides of random stranger's family vacations, the ultra-thin corneal flap is discharged to clear a path for the laser's gentle beam. As patients gaze into a small light, the laser is emitted, reshaping the surface of the cornea so that light that enters the eye is refracted at the proper, blur-free angle. The 15-minute Micro-LASIK surgery sends eyes away refurbished for sharper seeing, with mild levels of post-procedure discomfort usually fading in 12–24 hours with the help of special antibiotic eye drops ($45 additional).
Included in this Groupon are five follow-up examinations during the year subsequent to the surgery. The sessions enable IQ's team of doctors to check in on newly lasered eyes, carefully reassessing the results of the surgery and asking under-dilated pupils to open up and talk about their feelings. Follow-up exams are conducted on the day following the procedure and then one week, three months, six months, and one year later.
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When skimming Dr. Robert T. Lin’s credentials, the number 25,000 stands out. It represents how many successful refractive surgeries he has completed in his career. One can only assume that several of those tallies come from the time he spent developing Micro-LASIK, a form of laser eye surgery considered less invasive than traditional LASIK because it creates a thinner corneal flap and no longer requires eyes to answer personal questions such as “When is the last time you had direct contact with a contact?” Dr. Lin founded IQ Laser Vision in 1999 and has since added an equally as skilled staff of fellow eye doctors who specialize in refractive eye surgery procedures, cataracts, Ortho-K, contact lenses, and pre- and post-operative eye care.