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Laser Vision Correction

Refractive surgery uses the latest laser technology to give patients excellent vision and freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgery improves vision by correcting errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Many patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after their procedure.

In refractive surgery, the excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to reduce the need for corrective lenses.

LASIK

PRK

The LASIK Procedure

LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States for vision correction.

In the LASIK surgical procedure, the surgeon corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (clear front part of the eye) with an excimer laser. The first step in the surgery is creation of a flap. After the flap is created, the excimer laser is applied to reshape the cornea. The flap is then put back in place without stitches and most people return to their normal activities within 24 hours with their vision corrected.

The excimer laser used to reshape the cornea is the same for either the LASIK or PRK procedure; the difference between the two is the flap. For either procedure, wavescan technology may be utilized to map even the tiniest imperfections of the cornea, and allows your surgeon to perform a customized treatment specifically for your eyes.

LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis and the actual surgery takes less than a few minutes per eye, although you will be at the surgery center for a few hours. Anesthetic eye drops are administered, so you remain awake and comfortable.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, please call to schedule your complimentary consultation. During your consultation you will meet the surgeon and discuss what LASIK can do for you.

PRK Surgery

In the PRK surgical procedure, the surgeon also corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (clear front portion of the eye) using an excimer laser. The excimer laser used in the same for either the LASIK or PRK procedure; the difference between the two is that no flap is created in PRK. The very surface of the cornea is gently removed prior to the application of the excimer laser. Because of the removal of a portion of the surface of the eye, the eye could be sore or scratchy after the procedure for a few days while the surface layer heals. Bandage contact lenses are placed on the eye to aid in comfort. PRK is advantageous for some patients, especially those that are not good candidates for LASIK. For either procedure, wavescan technology may be utilized to map even the tiniest imperfections of the cornea, and allows your surgeon to perform a customized treatment specifically for your eyes.

PRK is performed on an outpatient basis and the actual surgery takes less than a few minutes per eye, although you will be at the surgery center for a few hours. Anesthetic eye drops are administered, so you remain awake and comfortable.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for PRK, please call to schedule your complimentary consultation. During your consultation you will meet the surgeon and discuss what PRK can do for you.