Did you know Relf EyeCare offers a Free LASIK consultation?
Come in and let’s see if you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Up until about 25 years ago, glasses and contact lenses have traditionally been the only options available to correct blurry vision due to refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism). The evolution of surgical procedures to correct refractive error has opened new doors for those who desire freedom from glasses and contact lenses. There are several options available to patients today. LASIK, PRK, and lens implant surgery are some of the procedures you may encounter when researching your options. The choices can be confusing. The refractive surgery team at Relf EyeCare Specialists can help you find the procedure that is best suited to you and your unique eyes.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is the fastest growing and most popular form of laser refractive surgery, addressing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Its benefits include minimal discomfort and fast visual recovery.
LASIK surgery involves two steps.
- First, a thin flap is created on the corneal surface. A laser, IntraLase™, is used to create the corneal flap. The use of laser energy to create the corneal flap allows for greater precision in a highly predictable manner. The laser is considered the safest way to create the corneal flap. This flap is lifted to expose the underlying tissue.
- Second, an excimer laser is used to precisely remove ultra-thin layers from the exposed corneal surface, reshaping the cornea to alter its focusing power. Relf EyeCare surgeons use custom wavefront-guided laser surgery. This technology measures your eye’s unique shape and translates it into a refined excimer laser treatment. This technology also allows us to track any eye movements during surgery, to make the most accurate treatment possible. The flap is then returned to its original position and allowed to heal in place.
Learn more LASIK FAQs including cost, success rate, side effects, and most importantly, if you are a suitable LASIK candidate.
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PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK is another refractive procedure designed to address nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During PRK the outer layer of the cornea, called the epithelium, is removed. An excimer laser is then used to precisely reshape the corneal surface to correct the refractive error. A clear contact lens is placed on the eye to serve as a “bandage” over the corneal surface during the healing process. The contact lens stays on the eye for 4 to 7 days after the procedure. The majority of corneal healing and visual recovery occurs during the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. During this time, there may be some discomfort. The vision can fluctuate day to day.
Healing is slower with PRK than LASIK because it takes more time for the epithelium to recover. Vision is not at its best until the healing process is complete; gradual visual improvement may occur for many months to a year following surgery. PRK may be most appropriate for those with thinner than average corneas, certain corneal diseases, previous corneal surgery, and those involved in contact sports or jobs which put the eye at risk of injury. PRK is also less likely to exacerbate dry eye.
Our Relf EyeCare surgeons use custom wavefront-guided PRK. This technology measures your eye’s unique shape and translates it into a refined excimer laser treatment. This technology allows us to track the eye during surgery to make the most accurate treatment possible. Not everyone is a candidate for PRK. Your surgeon will help you decide if PRK is right for you.
Read the PRK FAQ’s to learn more.
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