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LASIK Overview

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LASIK Overview

LASIK – which stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis – is the world’s most popular refractive procedure for vision correction. Successfully and safely performed on over 40 million people, LASIK has proven to be an effective technique for correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Dr. Feinerman is among the top eye surgeons specializing in LASIK in the United States and has performed the procedure on thousands of patients. Imagine being able to reduce or eliminate your dependency on glasses and contact lenses!

Our Lasik Process



It all starts with a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with Dr. Feinerman where he describes the procedure in detail and answers any questions you may have. Dr. Feinerman will review and discuss your individual situation and determine the best treatment plan.



Our staff ensures you are reclined and comfortable. The LASIK procedure—performed by Dr. Feinerman—is generally painless and takes only about 20 minutes total. Most patients generally recover very quickly following treatment (within 3 to 4 hours).



After the procedure, Dr. Feinerman personally calls his patients to ensure they are doing well and to address any questions. During your actual in-person post-op visit, Dr. Feinerman will perform a final examination to ensure recovery is complete.

The Feinerman Experience

We are committed to providing the most personalized care possible for our patients. Unlike some other “high-volume” LASIK centers, you will never feel like you’re just a number. Dr. Feinerman and his staff will guide you through the entire process to ensure you are comfortable and satisfied with your results. 

Dr Gregg Feinerman with patient

Blade-free lasik


One of the most important advances in LASIK technology, blade-free  LASIK uses a special femtosecond laser, rather than a blade (microkeratome), to create the corneal flap in the first step of the procedure.  Dr. Feinerman was the first surgeon on the West Coast to perform LASIK with the Ziemer femtosecond laser after FDA approval and currently uses the latest Ziemer FEMTO LDV Z8 – the most advanced and precise femtosecond laser for LASIK and cataract surgery.

Custom Lasik

Together with blade-free LASIK, custom LASIK technology has taken the procedure to a whole new level. Custom LASIK is more specific laser vision correction for individual eyes, correcting irregularities that glasses and contacts don’t fix.  Custom LASIK gives you improved daytime and night vision. It uses advanced Wavefront technology to diagnose and treat the specific imperfections of your eye that cause difficulty with night vision. Dr. Feinerman performs custom LASIK on all of his surgeries, providing they are good candidates.

Lasik Technology

A Look into the Procedure

A look into the procedure


Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion

"LASIK is the best choice I ever made!! Finally convinced @pardi to do it"

Megan Thee Stallion
Mr. Carmack
Mr Carmack

"It's a big relief for me to have a doctor that actually cares for my wellbeing and for how I feel. Dr. Feinerman really was amazing at making me feel at home; I consider him a friend now. Anytime someone asks me for LASIK in LA, I'll 100% say Feinerman. "

Mr. Carmack
Sophia Chang
Sophia Chang

"The whole procedure took less than five minutes. It was completely painless. Once it was done, I could see everything super HD clear, and I was really excited because I haven't been able to see like that in so long. I'm truly grateful for Dr. Feinerman. "

Sophia Chang
Charly Jordan
Charly Jordan

"Dr. Feinerman is probably one of the more baller doctors I've ever met. He blasted Drake during the surgery, which was really soothing for me as a millennial. The surgery itself only took five minutes, which was crazy. The healing process was really quick!"

Charly Jordan
Rocky Barnes
Rocky Barnes

"Dr. Feinerman was super friendly and open to any questions or concerns I had. It felt like a normal eye appointment; you don't feel anything... I even went out to dinner that night. LASIK gave me so much freedom. It's the best thing I've ever done."

Rocky Barnes
Georgia Gibbs
Georgia Gibbs

"Going to see Dr. Feinerman, he just made me feel really comfortable straight away. And the surgery was over so quick. After going through the procedure, which was basically pain free, I slept for six hours, woke up, and had perfect eyesight!"

Georgia Gibbs


The only way to truly determine if you are a LASIK candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Gregg Feinerman has more than 15 years of experience performing LASIK. During the consultation he will thoroughly examine your eyes to make sure you are a strong candidate for LASIK. If for some reason you are not a LASIK candidate then Dr. Feinerman may suggest an alternative procedure.

Experience counts, thus LASIK surgeons who have performed thousands of procedures generally have the experience and skills needed to perform a successful procedure. Your eyes are extremely important, and you want to make sure your in good hands with your LASIK surgeon.

Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some mild burning and tearing, but generally patients experience NO pain. Dr. Feinerman recommends solid rest for 4 hours following the LASIK procedure.

LASIK usually takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes. Regardless of the type of LASIK procedure, all patients will have a topical anesthetic drops placed onto their eyes. A corneal flap will be created, and after the flap is complete a laser will be used to make the prescriptive correction directly on the cornea. After the correction is complete the corneal flap is gently placed back into its proper position. During your consultation Dr. Feinerman will discuss the different types of LASIK, but he generally performs custom all laser LASIK on all suitable candidates.

Recovery from LASIK is very rapid. During the first 3-4 hours after surgery your eyes may feel irritated. Vision is typically a little blurry during this time but will improve over the next few hours. The day after surgery your eyes may still feel somewhat irritated but your vision will be remarkably better.

A mild sedative will be made available prior to surgery to help relax your nerves and anxieties. Dr. Feinerman and most of the staff at Feinerman Vision have received the LASIK procedure so we understand the experience from the patient’s perspective. During the surgery, Dr. Feinerman will speak with you to help keep you at ease. 

The vast majority of patients (ages 18-40) do not need glasses after LASIK. However, like all medical procedures, there are no guarantees. Thus it is not ethical to promise you will not need glasses after LASIK. With that said, it is also uncommon for people to need glasses or contacts after LASIK if they are age 18-40.


LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses down the road. Most people in their 40’s will develop presbyopia, a condition that makes it hard to read newspapers or menus. Reading glasses will be required. LASIK does not correct presbyopia.

LASIK is a permanent procedure, however a minority of patients may require an enhancement following their initial surgery. After LASIK, reading glasses may be necessary when you get older (in your 40s).

Minor fluctuations can occur, but most visual improvement takes place within 24 hours following the procedure. Most patients note that fluctuations have stopped after two weeks. At the same time, it may take additional time for the microscopic swelling in the eye to resolve and minor fluctuations to cease. Many patients do have small amounts of healing that may continue to improve over six months.

The LASIK procedure is very safe, and that is why it has been accepted by so many millions worldwide. With any surgical procedures, however, complications may arise. Vision-threatening complications do exist, but they are extremely rare. These include infections (an incidence of 1 in 5,000) and irregular healing processes that can lead to something called “irregular astigmatism” that glasses cannot correct and contact lenses or further surgery may be required to improve. There are also complications, which may lead to temporary blurriness, temporary dependence on glasses or contact lenses, or a need for additional surgery.


In most cases, the patient can still do well and recover with good vision. It is for this reason that LASIK patients should confirm the experience of their surgeon to determine if he or she has specialized training in cornea surgery. Because LASIK is performed on the cornea, knowledge of the healing properties of the cornea and management of any complications are critical to the patient’s well being. Knowing how to handle a complication, should one occur, can make a significant difference in the patient’s outcome.

Am I a

Anyone over the age of eighteen who has not had a significant change in vision over the past 6 months and can see clearly with contact lenses or glasses may be a good candidate for LASIK or one of our other vision correction procedures. Take our LASIK candidacy test to find out more.


Ordering contact lenses and glasses on regularly can get expensive. Use our savings calculator to estimate how LASIK can save you money over your lifetime. If you’re interested in financing options, click here. 

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