Are you tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Have you been considering laser vision correction? Call our office for a comprehensive eye examination and consultation. We will be happy to discuss whether you are a good candidate for refractive surgery and which procedure would be best for you. We can also recommend an experienced refractive surgeon to co-manage your care.
There are different types of refractive surgery that can be more effective for certain prescriptions.
Lasik is the most common procedure in which a superficial corneal flap is created with a microkeratome or laser. Once the flap is created, it is pulled back and a laser reshapes the deeper layers of the cornea. The amount of cornea that needs reshaping depends on your initial prescription. The flap is then re-positioned and settles back naturally without any stitches required.
Lasek is a similar procedure to Lasik except a thinner blade called a trephine is used to create the corneal flap. This is more ideal for candidates with thinner corneas that may not be candidates for Lasik.
PRK chemically removes the surface layer of the cornea and then reshapes the deeper layers of the cornea with a laser. This technique is better for individuals with a thinner cornea and is a safer option for those who play any contact sports. The technique does have a slightly longer recovery period than Lasik but does have the same visual outcome.
Unfortunately, not everyone can be a candidate for refractive surgery. Eye health and corneal thickness play a large role in determining if someone if a candidate. Certain eye conditions such as infection, inflammation, and severe dry eyes, can affect your suitability for surgery.
Your prescription must be constant before having the procedure done. If you consistently have prescription changes before your surgery, you will continue having these changes after and the visual results of the surgery will not last.
Lastly, if your prescription is out of the acceptable range, corneal refractive surgery may not work for you. However, other options such as an intraocular lens implant can still work for you.
If you want to wake up and see your alarm clock without reaching for glasses, contact us and we will be happy to guide you to what best suits your needs.