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LASIK and Vision Correction Options

Understanding Advancements in Refractive Surgery

Harvard Eye Associates has Partnered with TLC Laser Eye Center!

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For more than 25 years, Harvard Eye Associates has delivered surgically-improved eyesight to over 25,000 Orange County patients. From Harvard University, we have the experience and training for your best possible outcome!

In an effort to bring Southern California the most advanced laser vision correction possible, Drs Diana Kersten, M.D. and John Hovanesian, M.D. of Harvard Eye Associates have partnered with TLC Vision Centers. This partnership allows our patients to get the experience, technology, and results, all backed by TLC's exclusive Lifetime Commitment.

TLC Lifetime Commitment

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Harvard Eye Associates and TLC stand behind your vision results for life because we have confidence in our surgeons and in your long-term results. We want to help you maintain the best possible vision throughout your life. That’s why we created the TLC Lifetime Commitment.

If an enhancement is needed to maintain vision results, qualified patients will receive a same-technology procedure at no cost at the TLC Laser Eye Centers location of their choice.

To maintain eligibility in the TLC Lifetime Commitment *:

  • Complete your course of post-operative appointments.
  • Have your annual eye exam with your TLC affiliate doctor.
  • Ask your TLC center for complete details.

*The TLC Lifetime Commitment program is available to qualified patients, ask your center for details.

If you lead an active lifestyle and are bothered by the inconvenience or appearance of glasses and the risks of contact lenses, you may be a candidate for LASIK. For many of our patients, LASIK is a life-changing experience. A dramatic improvement in vision takes place painlessly in just a few minutes. Many people wake up the morning after surgery and see the alarm clock clearly for the first time ever.

Determine Your Candidacy - Free LASIK Consultation with the Experts!

Are You a LASIK Candidate?
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Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK surgery. At Harvard Eye Associates, a personalized no-cost evaluation is your first step in determining whether you are a good candidate for LASIK or other vision correction procedures. And the best part, there's absolutely no obligation!

At your free LASIK Evaluation, you will be in the company of world class experts. The friendly, knowledgable staff of Harvard Eye Associates will determine your candidacy for LASIK eye surgery. We will walk you through the procedure step by step, discussing potential results and expectations. Our team of LASIK and refractive surgery experts will provide you with a complete exam that will:

Determine your current prescription.

Obtain detailed, computerized mapping of your eyes.

Examine the internal and external health of your eyes, including dilation.

Discuss your targeted prescription and monovision, if applicable.

Answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

What Comes Next:

After your candidacy has been determined, you'll receive detailed information on what to expect and prepare for the day of surgery.

Review any restrictions you will have after surgery.

Review all drops you will use post operatively.

Discuss all financial questions.

Assistance in scheduling a date for your LASIK or refractive surgery.

Only you can decide if LASIK or other refractive surgery options at Harvard Eye Associates is the right choice for you. We work hard to try and empower you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. Our commitment to quality eye care has elevated our practice the premier Orange County LASIK facility. Let our doctors and dedicated staff show you there is no better time to enjoy a new vision of life with LASIK laser vision correction.

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Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis) is a safe and effective laser surgery that can correct most cases of imperfect vision due to nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In this procedure, the surface layer of corneal tissue is folded back from its usual position. The laser then gently reshapes the surface, and the surface layer is placed back in its original position, where it bonds naturally. The LASIK procedure takes about five minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients say they have no pain with LASIK, and most can return to work the next day.

LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. With monovision or blended vision correction, LASIK can also correct presbyopia (the inability to read without glasses).

Bladeless LASIK

With Bladeless LASIK, the LASIK surgeon uses a laser to create the corneal flap. This technology enables the LASIK surgeon the ability to customize the corneal flap for every individual LASIK patient. In recent studies done by IntraLase, this technology may now make it possible to treat those who were previously dismissed as non candidates due to thin corneas.

  • Studies have shown the incidence of dry eye symptoms may be reduced with Bladeless LASIK.
  • With Bladeless LASIK and its customization components, LASIK surgeons can treat a wider variety of LASIK patients, including patients with thin corneas.
  • Bladeless LASIK has been used in more than one million LASIK procedures worldwide. 

CustomVue® Wavefront-guided LASIK

The most exciting recent development in vision correction surgery is CustomVue (also known as "wavefront-guided") LASIK. Using WaveScan® based digital technology, originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space, we can now identify, measure and correct imperfections in your eyes 25 times more precisely than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. This information is transferred to the laser, allowing the surgeon to map and correct your eye's optical imperfections with microscopic detail.

CustomVue LASIK
Wavefront Ablation Profiles

Wavefront-guided LASIK surgery might be superior to traditional laser surgeries for many candidates. Custom LASIK is personalized for you, resulting in sharper, clearer vision and reduced risk of side effects such as glare, night vision difficulties, and halos which can sometimes occur following standard LASIK procedures. An FDA clinical study showed the following results from patients 12 months after undergoing Custom LASIK:

• 100% could pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses

• 98% could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contact lenses

• 70% could see better than 20/20 without glasses or contact lenses

Millions of people worldwide have successfully undergone LASIK refractive surgery, and the number continues to grow. The surgeons at Harvard Eye Associates find that for most patients, LASIK and Custom LASIK are the procedures of choice. However, you will be carefully evaluated during your consultation. If you have questions about CrystaLens or other types of laser eye surgery, we are here to answer them. The LASIK surgeons at Harvard Eye Associates take pride in providing world class care to our Orange County California LASIK patients.

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Exciting Options in Refractive Eye Surgery:

Monovision LASIK

Monovision is very simple and effective way to avoid the use of reading glasses. This technique has been applied to contact lens wearers for many decades, and the same technique works extremely well with LASIK. Monovision LASIK takes advantage of the fact that each of us has a dominant and a non-dominant eye, much as we do with our hands. For distance vision, our dominant eye provides the high-definition detail information about our word, while the non-dominant eye provides depth perception, which does not rely on sharp focus.

In monovision, we correct the non-dominant eye to be sharply focused on reading material, leaving the dominant eye focused for distance vision. This allows the non-dominant eye to play a greater role in reading while the dominant eye plays a greater role in distance vision. With careful measurements and proper planning, monovision LASIK can provide good reading vision that will last for decades.

If you've never tried it, it can be difficult to imagine what monovision is like. During your FREE LASIK consultation in our office, we'll give you a demonstration of what monovision is like.

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Accommodating Lens Implants

For people over 40 who are not a candidate for LASIK, accommodating implants can provide both distance and reading vision without glasses. This is a fascinating area of modern development in eye surgery. Read so much more about:

CrystaLens Accommodating Lens Implant

Restor Accommodating Lens Implant

TECNIS Accommodating Lens Implant


Implantable Contact Lenses (ICL)

Can you believe what is now available to support your quest for the best vision ever? If you are too nearsighted for LASIK, these tiny lens implants may be a more suitable choice. In these FDA approved procedures, a tiny contact lens is inserted inside the eye, where it remains permanently. Studies show that vision is often better than with glasses. Read about these exciting advances:

Verisyse Contact Lens Implant

Visian ICL, Implantable Contact Lens



These laser procedures are similar to LASIK, but different enough to be appropriate for people whose corneal shape is not ideal for LASIK. This laser treatment is performed directly on the surface of the eye. Healing time is slightly longer than LASIK. Most people have normal vision after four or five days - truly exciting news for many people!

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
CRT is an ideal option for people who are not a candidate for surgical vision correction because they are less than 18 years old or their vision is continuing to change. This technology corrects your vision while you sleep with safe therapeutic contact lenses and requires no surgery at all. Read more about Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT).

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Our Promise

As always, Harvard Eye is first and foremost concerned about what is best for each individual patient. Call us today for your personalized consultation!

Harvard Eye Associates
Laguna Hills Office

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24401 Calle de la Louisa
Suites 300-312
Laguna Hills, California 92653

FAX: 949-356-1660
Harvard Eye Associates
San Clemente Office

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665 Camino de los Mares
Suites 102-103
San Clemente, California 92673

FAX: 949-356-1660

The eye doctors of Harvard Eye Associates perform advanced technology diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as taking the time necessary to provide each patient with information needed to fully understand his or her condition and to achieve the best possible visual outcome.

If you or a family member or friend have not had a recent routine eye examination, have a specific eye condition that needs addressing, or are looking for an eye specialist, second opinion, or professional eye consultant please take a moment to Request an Appointment.

In The News

When exciting improvements in a current technique or product are introduced to the ophthalmic world, Harvard Eye Associates is often involved in the related clinical studies.

As a trusted, advanced clinical research study center, Harvard Eye Assoicates makes it possible to offer qualifying patients access to advancements in eye care not yet available to the general public.

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Clinical Research Study

Ask The Eye Doctor

If you have questions about your eyes, Harvard Eye Associates is here with the information you need.

We've dedicated sections of our website expressly to list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, covering cataract surgery, glaucoma, retina, LASIK, macular degeneration, dry eyes and more, plus an online form where you may submit questions directly to an eye doctor.

Please click below to have your questions about vision answered.

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Why Choose Us

Internationally regarded as the go-to specialist in eye care, Harvard Eye offers a combined experience of over 100 years and over 100,000 surgical procedures. The doctors of Harvard Eye Associates have treated virtually every known eye condition there is, plus a few previously unknown.

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Before Your Visit

Whether you or a loved one are having a first eye exam, a repeat eye exam, or are seeing a new eye doctor at Harvard Eye for the first time, there are a number of routine questions you can expect.

Your answers to these questions during eye exams are anything but routine for your eye doctor, so you may want to arrive prepared.

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Meet Our Patients

Read testimonials and watch videos of actual Harvard Eye Associates patients who have benefited from our professionalism, dedication, and commitment to high quality patient care.

Our offices provide patients with all eye care needs from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures.

We are both proud and grateful that our patients have chosen to trust their vision with Harvard Eye!

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How We Give Back

Volunteer work is extremely important to Harvard Eye Associates. Twice yearly, we travel the world to teach and perform surgery to people who have no other resources, and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to providing medical training and supplies to developing countries.

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