Riverside EyeCare is Proud to Be Redding’s Only LASIK Provider

Are you searching for a LASIK provider you can trust? If you live in or around Redding, you don’t need to look any further than Riverside EyeCare! Our board-certified ophthalmologists—Michael Sumsion, MD and Sean Sumsion, MD—have extensive experience successfully performing state-of-the-art LASIK techniques and provide high-quality, vision care services to all our patients. Over the years, LASIK has become an extremely popular and reliable way to improve vision and reduce reliance on corrective eyewear. We are honored to be able to help patients achieve their vision goals with a strong emphasis on safety and successful outcomes.

At every stage of the LASIK process, our team strives to ensure you feel welcomed, supported, safe, and well-cared for. Each LASIK procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether you are a good candidate for treatment. This is a very important step as determining candidacy is a critical key to delivering optimal results with minimal risks and complications. If you are a candidate, you will be thoroughly educated about the procedure, including how to prepare for LASIK, what to expect during the procedure, and how to care for your eyes after surgery. For your convenience, all LASIK procedures are performed right here in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art surgery center. The treatment process is quick and you can feel secure in the abilities of our entire team as they guide you through each phase of care.

Our goal is to help you feel as confident as possible about your decision to undergo LASIK at our practice. Our LASIK patients are very satisfied with the high level of care they receive and many refer their friends and family members to Riverside EyeCare after their procedure. We encourage you to check out our online ratings and reviews to learn more about our patients’ LASIK experiences at Riverside EyeCare—we currently have 5-star average ratings across all of the top review platforms!

Want to learn more about LASIK at Riverside EyeCare?

Please contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Our knowledgeable team is ready to answer your questions and get you started on the way to clear vision.

Do I Have to be Awake During LASIK?

Some patients may feel anxiety prior to the day of their LASIK surgery. This response is very natural, and to alleviate any concerns our ophthalmologists thoroughly discuss how LASIK is performed during the consultation and walk you through each step of the process on the day of the procedure. For patients who wish to overcome their anxiety by being “asleep” through the procedure, Drs. Michael and Sean Sumsion explain that sleeping (with the help of general anesthesia) is not an option due to the fact that conscious communication during the procedure is needed to achieve the best results. Additionally, the all-laser LASIK procedure is blade-free and can be completed with virtually no discomfort in ten minutes, making general anesthesia unnecessary. Furthermore, general anesthesia carries significant health risks which would outweigh the benefits of such a short and simple LASIK procedure.

Although patients may have some degree of physical sensation during the procedure, the majority of patients do not report any pain. A mild sedative can be administered before the procedure to induce a relaxed, comfortable state that still allows you to communicate easily with your doctor. Anesthetic drops are also applied to the eyes to limit any physical sensations you might otherwise feel. Throughout the short LASIK procedure, members of our team communicating with you to check your comfort level and assist in any manner possible.

To learn more about the LASIK surgery procedure, or to schedule an exam with one of our skilled ophthalmologists, we invite you to contact Riverside EyeCare Professionals today.

Does LASIK Hurt?

Laser technology has greatly advanced in recent years, and our eye surgeon is proud to offer all-laser, blade-free LASIK surgery. Although patients remain awake for the duration of LASIK vision correction, it is considered a virtually painless procedure due to numbing eye drops which are administered before treatment.

While creating the corneal flap with the laser, a small suction device is used that may cause a brief sensation of mild pressure. As the cornea is reshaped with the laser, patients typically do not notice any feeling at all. LASIK surgery patients usually describe the experience of the procedure as slightly awkward, but not uncomfortable. The entire procedure is also quick, requiring only a few minutes per eye to complete.

After LASIK surgery, once the local anesthetic has worn off, some patients report mild discomfort. However, over-the-counter pain medication can be used to easily manage this side effect. Within a few hours, most patients say their eyes feel like normal again and begin to enjoy clearer vision. For more information about how Riverside EyeCare Professionals prioritizes your safety and comfort, please contact a member of our staff or schedule a consultation today.

Is LASIK Permanent?

Most patients are familiar with the benefits of LASIK surgery, but many considering the procedure often ask how long the effects of the surgery will last. In short, vision correction with LASIK surgery is considered permanent. Though some patients may experience a gradual reduction in clarity over decades, a follow-up procedure called LASIK enhancement can be appropriate for fine-tuning their vision if needed. Generally speaking, most LASIK patients enjoy clearer vision and a significantly reduced dependence on prescription eyewear for a lifetime.

Any changes in LASIK results over time are typically minimal and the need for re-treatment is rare. According to one recent study, patients under the age of 40 experienced only minor regression in their vision, while patients over the age of 40 experienced hardly any regression at all. Even when patients experience these types of vision changes, many do not opt for LASIK enhancement and remain satisfied with their results. It is important to understand, however, that LASIK does not prevent the onset of age-related conditions, such as presbyopia (nearsightedness) or cataracts, which can have a significant impact vision quality should they develop.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with our eye surgeon to determine your candidacy for laser vision correction, please contact Riverside EyeCare Professionals.

How Do I Choose the Right LASIK Surgeon?

With so many LASIK surgery providers, selecting the best surgeon might seem overwhelming. However, taking the time to carefully research doctors and practices is well worth the effort—and can ultimately lead to more satisfactory results. When choosing a LASIK surgeon, important factors to consider include:

  • Education
  • Board-certification
  • Experience
  • Professional affiliations
  • Patient testimonials

In addition, asking for referrals from primary care physicians, general eye care practitioners, and friends can give you information that may not be available through online research.

The technology used by LASIK surgeons can also vary widely. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Sumsion has equipped Riverside EyeCare Professionals with the latest LASIK technology to ensure his patients receive the highest quality care. Technology such as VISX® CustomVue™ and Wavefront™ LASIK help Dr. Sumsion correct vision with maximum safety, comfort, and precision. With over 25 years of experience, he is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have during a one-on-one consultation. To schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Redding Eye Surgeon Corrects Vision Impairments With LASIK Alternative

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Not a good candidate for LASIK? Dr. Michael Sumsion offers PRK surgery as an effective LASIK alternative to reduce dependency on glasses and contact lenses.

Redding, CA – According to Dr. Michael Sumsion, LASIK surgery is the most popular form of vision correction surgery among his ophthalmology patients at Riverside EyeCare Professionals. However, due to the technique used during the procedure, not all patients are ideal candidates for LASIK. Thankfully, these patients can still significantly improve their vision with PRK surgery or other alternatives to LASIK.

“For some patients, LASIK alternatives such as PRK may be better suited for their individual needs,” says Dr. Sumsion. During the LASIK procedure, a corneal flap is created, giving the surgeon access to reshape the cornea and correct conditions including nearsightedness and farsightedness. Patients who do not have an adequate corneal thickness for this flap creation are generally not considered good candidates for LASIK surgery.

With PRK, the cornea can be reshaped without the need for a corneal flap. In addition, this FDA-approved method of vision correction surgery has given patients improved vision since 1995—longer than LASIK. “While LASIK tends to be the most popular vision correction surgery, it is certainly not the only effective option,” says Dr. Sumsion. Many of Dr. Sumsion’s patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK have enjoyed successful results with PRK and now live without depending on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly.

According to Dr. Sumsion, a consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist is the best way to determine which vision correction surgery can meet the unique needs of the patient. With a thorough eye exam, a comprehensive review of the patient’s medical history, and a discussion of the patient’s individual goals, he says the surgeon can create a customized treatment plan for optimal results.

About Michael Sumsion, MD
Dr. Sumsion is a board-certified ophthalmologist and has been practicing in Redding, CA since 1990. Specializing in the treatment of a wide variety of eye conditions – including cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and dry eye – he uses state-of-the-art technology and techniques to achieve long-lasting results. Dr. Sumsion also specializes in vision correction surgery, including cataract surgery, LASIK laser vision correction, PRK, and Refractive Lens Exchange. He currently serves as an active member the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

For more information about Dr. Sumsion and his practice, please visit


Riverside EyeCare Professionals
2801 Park Marina Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 244-2273

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044

What is the difference between PRK and LASIK?

shutterstock_71847649Many patients who visit our practice want to significantly reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyewear. While LASIK tends to be the most popular vision correction surgery, it is certainly not the only effective option. In fact, for some patients, LASIK alternatives such as PRK may be better suited for their individual needs.

PRK, more formally called photorefractive keratectomy, is an FDA-approved vision correction procedure that actually has a longer history of success than LASIK. Since 1995, ophthalmologists have been using PRK to reshape the cornea and help patients see with dramatically increased clarity. In addition, PRK has been used by many of our patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK surgery due to the thinness of their corneas.

LASIK surgery can also dramatically improve your vision, and works by creating a corneal flap, which allows the surgeon to reshape the cornea beneath. As a result, good candidates for this procedure must have a cornea with adequate thickness to create the flap. Many of our patients who have undergone LASIK now enjoy 20/20 vision.

During the consultation process, you will undergo an eye exam to determine the health of your eye, the thickness of the cornea, and discover which method of vision correction surgery can best achieve optimal results. If you would like to learn more about PRK or LASIK surgery, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

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Redding Ophthalmologist Discusses Candidacy for LASIK Surgery

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Michael Sumsion, MD of Riverside EyeCare Professionals highlights various qualifications that typically make one a good candidate for LASIK surgery.

Redding, CA — For decades, LASIK surgery has proved to be an excellent option for many individuals seeking to enhance the quality of their vision while decreasing or even eliminating their dependence on corrective eyewear, states Dr. Michael Sumsion, a LASIK and cataract surgeon in Redding, CA. In fact, he says this popular refractive laser surgery has significantly improved conditions such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness for numerous patients at Riverside EyeCare Professionals, often helping them achieve 20/20 vision.

Thanks to continual advancements in the treatment methods, technology, and overall safety of LASIK surgery, Dr. Sumsion notes that more people than ever are now qualified for the innovative vision correction procedure. Ideal candidates for LASIK typically include:

  • Individuals who are 18 and older
  • Patients whose vision prescription has remained unchanged for at least a year
  • People who do not have glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye diseases
  • Those who have ample corneal thickness

Following surgery – which involves careful reshaping of the cornea via precision laser energy – Dr. Sumsion explains that some temporary blurry vision, light sensitivity, and excessive watering of the eyes may be possible side effects. For this reason, he says patients may need to take the rest of the day off from work and/or other normal activities, which should also be factored into determining candidacy.

Ultimately, for individuals interested in LASIK surgery, Dr. Sumsion emphasizes the importance of seeking a qualified eye surgeon who has considerable experience in performing the operation with successful results. “Though LASIK surgery can markedly improve visual acuteness for many people, not everyone is a good candidate. By consulting with a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who offers a full range of eye care services, you can find out if LASIK is right for you, or if alternatives such as PRK and refractive lens exchange may be better suited to safely and effectively address your needs.”

About Michael Sumsion, MD

Dr. Sumsion is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who has served the Redding, CA community for more than 20 years. After earning his medical degree from the University of Utah Medical School, he went on to complete his residency in Ophthalmology at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. At Riverside EyeCare Professionals, Dr. Sumsion offers an expansive array of treatments and services ranging from LASIK and cataract surgery to PRK, refractive lens exchange, and corneal transplants. He remains at the forefront of innovation in the eye care industry by maintaining active membership in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and other esteemed medical organizations.

For more information, visit Dr. Sumsion is available for interview upon request.


Riverside EyeCare Professionals
2801 Park Marina Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 244-2273

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044

Is LASIK as Safe as Wearing Contact Lenses?

contact-lens-fingerA common question we hear in the office is whether or not LASIK is considered as safe as contact lenses. According to a study1 published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the risk of vision complications and/or loss associated with LASIK surgery and long-term contact lens wear may actually be closer than what is widely assumed.

A key reason for these findings is that contacts require the use of one’s fingers to insert the lens into the eye, which could introduce bacteria and possibly lead to infection. Additionally, many people have the tendency to over-wear their contacts (such as sleeping in them at night) and/or not follow proper cleaning instructions recommended by their eye doctor, both of which can be detrimental in the long-run. In contrast, LASIK surgery doesn’t require finger-to-eye contact or lens cleaning on an everyday basis, helping to diminish the risks associated with these actions. Thanks to significant advancements in laser technology and precision, the LASIK procedure is also considered safer than ever before, enabling patients to enjoy a lifetime of clearer vision with reduced dependency on corrective eyewear.

Ultimately, both contact lenses and LASIK surgery can be safe and effective vision correction options for the right candidates. If you are interested in improving the quality of your eyesight, I strongly encourage that you seek the expertise of an experienced board-certified ophthalmologist to find out which method may be best for your unique needs.

Michael Sumsion, MD

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If you are interested in vision correction of any form and would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sumsion, please contact us today.

1 “Laser in situ keratomileusis versus long-term contact lens wear: Decision analysis,” Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Vol: 35, Issue:11, Page 1860-1867)

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