optometry services Los Gatos, CA
Here at Polaris Eye & Laser, Inc, we know the importance of proper eye care. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service so you can have the health and vision your eyes deserve.

We truly believe in a comprehensive approach to the health of the eye, which includes routine eye examinations. We diagnose and treat medical conditions affecting health and vision, so that you can see as clearly as possible. If you have a need for glasses or contacts, we provide these service, and it is even more important to routinely watch the health of your eyes. You may also need scheduled checks based on age, medical history, or underlying eye conditions, even if your prescription has not changed.

To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to include the following services:

LASIK Co-Management Los Gatos, CA

LASIK/PRK

LASIK or PRK surgery are among the best options to help patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This gives many people the chance to finally see clearly without glasses. At Polaris Eye & Laser in Los Gatos, California, Dr. Jeehee Kim fully manages her patient’s care throughout the procedure and all follow up appointments. Contact us for a free consultation.

LASIK is Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, a vision correction surgery performed on almost 1 million patients every year. LASIK surgery is designed to reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses for vision correction. This type of surgery can correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism through reshaping the cornea. During LASIK surgery, the subsurface of the cornea is reshaped. Similarly, Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) formerly known as PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) also reshapes the surface layers of the cornea. Properly reshaped and corrected, the eye can focus, reducing the need for other corrective eyewear.

Patients are made comfortable during surgery, and numbing eye drops are given. In LASIK surgery, a very thin outer layer of the cornea is surgically separated from the underlying corneal tissue. This flap is folded out of the way, so that the tissue immediately beneath the corneal surface, the stroma, can be accessed. As Dr. Kim views the eye through the microscope, she will then use a specialized laser, the excimer laser, to gradually reshape corneal stroma tissue. The exact quantity of corneal tissue to be removed is predetermined based upon the patient’s unique eye conditions. Finally, the flap is placed back in position. In most cases, no stitches are needed, and the corneal flap will adhere itself to the eye again quickly. PRK uses the same excimer laser to reshape the stroma, after surface cells are removed with a special brush. Contact lenses and eye drops reduce irritation after PRK surgery, while surface cells grow back naturally.

Laser candidates must be at least 21 years old. The prescription must be within the range of -1.00 to -11.00 diopters for nearsighted patients and +5.00 diopters or less for farsighted patients and patients with astigmatism. People who opt for surgery should have a stable vision prescription for a minimum of a year before the surgery, and eyes should be overall healthy and free of disease. Dr. Kim offers a free consultation to review whether you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.

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Cataracts Los Gatos, CA

Cataracts

Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

Your eyes are meant to naturally adjust to normal light changes, adjust focus, and allow us to see both near and far. Your lens is primarily made up of water and proteins. The proper arrangement of these proteins is what contributes to normal vision. Some of these proteins clump together forming a clouding of the lens.

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Botox Los Gatos, CA

Botox®️

Botox injections is a quick 10-minute treatment, and you’ll notice a difference in just a few days. Your Botox injections will last you somewhere around 3-6 months, depending on how well your body reacts to the injection. Please note that Botox injections is not a permanent treatment; after about 3-6 months, your facial lines will gradually reappear and additional injections will be needed.

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Botox Los Gatos, CA

Blepharoplasty

Blepharitis is a common condition caused by the buildup of natural oils and bacteria at the base of the eyelashes. Some symptoms may include burning, inflamed, and irritated eyes. In addition, flakes will appear at the base of the eyelashes.

Here at Polaris Eye & Laser, Inc, we will provide you with different treatment options to control the symptoms of Blepharitis. Unfortunately, since there is no cure for the condition it is best to contact us so we can do a thorough examination and determine the best options for you to relieve and minimize the frequency of symptoms.

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Glaucoma Los Gatos, CA

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.

Early detection of glaucoma is crucial in preventing vision loss and blindness; the earlier the better. However, there is no official cure for glaucoma. There are several treatment methods that manage, slow down, or halt the process. Treatment for glaucoma will vary depending on the stage and severity for each individual patient.

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Dry Eye Treatment Los Gatos, CA

Dry Eye Treatment

Polaris Eye & Laser, Inc is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.

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Diabetic Eye Care Los Gatos, CA

Diabetic Eye Exams

Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.

Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.

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Macular Degeneration Los Gatos, CA

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.

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contact lenses Los Gatos, CA

Glasses and Contacts

Glasses
Many people are very confused when it comes to choosing the correct glasses. It can be hard to tell what looks best on your face, while also staying within your budget (and insurance). You also want to be comfortable in the glasses that you choose.

Contacts
Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

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