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Why Laser Vision Correction?

Nearly half the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area suffer from some kind of vision error, owing to an imperfectly-shaped cornea, that prevents light from focusing on the retina.  This focusing problem can cause blurred distance vision, requiring patients to wear glasses or contact lenses which, in turn, may cause persistent negative effects on the patients’ ocular health and quality of life.  That’s why more and more patients are turning to laser vision correction for help.

There are three primary vision errors of the cornea that laser vision correction is designed to treat: nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

Nearsightedness (myopia)

A nearsighted, or myopic, eye is longer in the cross-section than a normal eye, causing light to focus in front of rather than on the retina, blurring distance vision.

Farsightedness (hyperopia)

For farsighted, or hyperopic patients, the light’s focal point lies virtually behind the retina, because the eye is shorter than normal, causing blurred distance vision.


In an astigmatic eye, the cornea — the clear outer dome of the eye — is not symmetrical, causing light to scatter and focus at multiple locations in the eye, distorting distance vision.

Our Laser Vision Correction Services

We offer “All Laser” LASIK , topography-guided Contoura LASIK, SMILE Vision Correction, and Customized PRK to treat these vision errors.  These procedures are designed to reshape the contour of your cornea so that light focuses precisely on your retina, resolving your vision error so you can see clearly.  Based upon your prescription, corneal geometry, and other factors, Dr. Hyver will determine at your consultation which of these three procedures — “All Laser” LASIK, topography-guided Contoura LASIK, SMILE Vision Correction, or Customized PRK — is right for you.

Loss of Reading Vision (presbyopia)

For patients over the age of 40 who are experiencing reading vision loss from presbyopia (i.e., the age-related, naturally-occurring loss of near vision), we offer a laser vision correction procedure called Monovision.