LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable, and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. LASIK uses excimer laser to gently and precisely remove, or ablate, corneal tissue in order to reshape the eye, eliminate refractive errors, and help patients see clearly. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.
Photorefractive keratectomy or (PRK) is one of the safest and most time tested laser vision correction procedures available. Before LASIK, PRK was the most common refractive procedure. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea with an excimer laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, it does so without making a flap and without the use of a microkeratome blade used in traditional LASIK procedures.
At Chico Eye Center, we provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our board certified doctors are fully trained and experienced to diagnose, treat, and prevent conditions from myopia and hyperopia to glaucoma, cataracts, and everything in between. We are also proud to have the only corneal specialist in Butte county to help take care of all your corneal needs.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye that typically occurs with age. It is still the leading cause of blindness in the world and represents an important cause of visual impairment in the United States. Cataracts can be compared to a window that is frosted or fogged with steam and results in blurred vision. Catarats occur inside the eye and not on the surface of the eye; and, they can develop in one or both eyes.
There are a wide range of replacement lenses available to cataract patients, each offering different advantages for your post-surgery vision. The most effective lens depends on each patient’s individual preferences and goals for their vision. The latest lenses help reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery for the rest of your life, providing convenient, effective results for your specific vision conditions.
Our cosmetic services can help “turn back time” by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines, sun damage, and sagging skin that can make you look angry, sad, or tired. You can look forward to gaining self-confidence and a sense of well-being from looking, feeling and functioning at your best. The main focus of our practice is the complete satisfaction of all of our patients.
At Chico Eye Center, we care about your vision and have invested in a full service optical lab with state of the art digital technology. We use the best equipment possible to diagnose and fabricate eyewear, providing our patients with the most sophisticated lenses on the market. Wether you need a stronger prescription, new glasses, or are interested in new digital technology lenses, we can help you.
The cornea is a thin, clear, spherical layer of tissue on the surface of the eye that provides a window for light to pass through. In a healthy eye, the cornea bends or refracts light rays to help them focus precisely on the retina in the back of the eye. There are many diseases that can affect the cornea, causing pain or loss of vision.
Glaucoma is a series of diseases that result is damage to the optic nerves and eventual loss of vision. Glaucoma can affect anyone from newborn infants to the elderly. It is estimated that 3 million Americans have glaucoma. During this time, most people will NOT experience any symptoms. If left untreated, it can affect the vision and ultimately lead to permanent blindness.
Dry eye occurs when the eyes are not sufficiently moisturized. This can lead to redness, foreign body sensation, itching, tearing, and pain from the dry areas on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry because the tear film evaporates too quickly or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance or a combination of both.