Charles D. Fritch MD,
FACS, is a renowned
ophthalmologist, founder
of Fritch Eye Care Medical
Center, and Medical
Director of a fully equipped
Ambulatory Center.

Fritch Eye Care Medical Center
8501 Brimhall Road, Suite 401 & 402
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Tel: 661-665-2020


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Laser Vision Correction?

    A. Laser Vision Correction involves changing the shape of the cornea (front surface of the eye) using one of a variety of micro-surgical techniques. The main goal is to modify the shape of the eye so that light will focus properly on the retina (back of the eye). Commonly performed laser procedures today include Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) and Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis also called LASIK.

Q. How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

    A. In order to determine if your refractive condition can be corrected with Laser Vision Correction you will need to have a complimentary screening evaluation. This exam will ensure that your vision is stable and that there aren't any contraindications to surgery. If you wear contact lenses, ideally, you will need to remove your contact lenses for  14 days for soft lenses, and 21 days for hard or gas permeable lenses to prepare for this exam. This is not always possible and in those instances simply wear your lenses to the exam.

Q. I’ve heard that the latest technique used is called LASIK, how is this procedure performed?

    A. LASIK combines the use of two technologies: the microkeratome and the excimer laser. The microkeratome is a device that has been used for many years in corneal eye surgery to create a flap in the cornea. Once the flap is made it is flapped back to allow the excimer laser to treat the cornea bed. The benefits of this procedure include minimal pain, rapid visual rehabilitation, and less change due to healing (regression).

Q. How do I choose a surgeon?

    A. Be an informed consumer. Ask questions regarding the surgeons background, experience, and the outcomes they have had in delivering vision correction. Ask your Optometrist for a recommendation. Attend informational seminars and complimentary evaluations. Ask the surgeon questions specific to your visual needs and expectations.   Fritch Eye Care Medical Center have performed thousands of successful vision correction procedures for   more than  fifteen years.  Dr. Fritch has extensive experience in delivering results consistent with your needs.

Q. What are the risks associated with Laser Vision Correction?

    A. The most common side effects during the immediate post-operative period are  mild discomfort, light sensitivity, blurred vision during healing, inadequate correction, glare, haze, and  star burst . These side effects usually diminish as the eye heals. While significant complications are very rare, the following are some of the problems that can occur. These include infection, intraoperative complications, inadequate healing, persistent irregular astigmatism, and unstable vision. This is not a complete list of side effects or complications. It is very important to discuss the potential risks with your doctor prior to consenting to surgery.

Q. How long will the procedure actually take?

    A.You will be at Fritch Eye Care Medical Center for about 90 minutes. The time in the laser surgery suite with the surgeon is 15 to 20 minutes. The actual laser treatment time is under 1 minute per eye.

Q. Does the treatment hurt?

    A. The laser procedure is not painful since anesthetizing eye drops are used during the procedure. After surgery, most patients experience little or no discomfort. After the surgery, your eyes may feel scratchy, gritty, or watery. These are temporary symptoms and are not a problem for most patients.

Q. Can both eyes be done at the same time?

    A. Due to the advanced technology used to perform laser vision correction, both eyes are most often treated at the same time. It is possible that the second eye can be treated anywhere from a few days to a few months after the first eye. This can be discussed with your doctor.

Q. Do the results last?

    A. Laser Vision Correction is considered to be a permanent procedure. However, laser vision correction will not prevent any age related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts, they would need to be treated in the usual manner.

Q. What does Laser Vision Correction cost?

    A. When compared to non-surgical alternatives, refractive surgery is surprisingly cost effective. The procedures range between $1,600 to $2,000 per eye and can be financed at competitive rates. Ask our staff to discuss your options.

Q. Does insurance cover Laser Vision Correction?

    A. Most insurance companies consider Laser Vision Correction an elective procedure and as a result is not a covered benefit. However, it is certainly worth checking with your insurance company and we encourage you to call them.

Q. When will I be able to return to work?

    A. Most patients can return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. Your surgeon will discuss with you any activities you should avoid during the immediate postoperative period.

The Fritch Eye Care Medical Center team looks forward to the opportunity to answer your questions regarding Laser Vision Correction.

Call on us to help you make an informed decision. (661) 665-2020,
fax (661) 665-8820


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The physicians of Fritch Eye Care Center specialize in treating Fresno LASIK, glaucoma, and cataracts patients. Using cutting-edge technology in their state-of-the-art medical facilities, these Drs. are considered to be specialists in their field.

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