Our office has had decades of involvement in LASIK and other surgery to eliminate the need for glasses. Our specialty is your vision. Your refractive records enable us to determine when refractive surgery is appropriate ... and the exact amount of treatment you need. Our careful refractive input is used by a surgeon of our mutual choosing (we have extensive experience with many surgeons in the area). We will follow you through the pre-operative and post-operative period. No question or concern is too big or small; we are always here to support you in any way needed. Below are some options which exist for refractive treatment:
LASIKis the "Gold Standard" in refractive surgery. A thin flap on the surface of your cornea is created by a laser (NO blade required!) and the laser "sculps" the cornea below, creating the proper focus for clear vision.
The pros of LASIK are:
1) There is little discomfort during or after the procedure
2) Vision improvement is almost immediate in many cases
3) It has been done more often than any other refractive surgery
The cons of LASIK are:
1) The surgical step of flap creation has some risk associated (although very rare due to precise all-laser treatments)
2) Patients with thin or unusually-shaped corneas may not be candidates for LASIK
How do you know whether LASIK is right for you? We perform careful analysis of the vision and condition of your eyes to determine whether this is your best option ... other options:
PRK is similar to LASIK, but it does not involve creating a flap. The laser treatment is applied to the surface of the cornea. The pros of PRK are:
1) No corneal flap eliminates the risk of flap complications
2) Thinner corneas can be treated than with LASIK
3) Diseased and dry eyes can often be treated with PRK when LASIK is not an option
The cons of PRK are:
1) The surface treatment requires a longer time to heal and recover vision
2) There is more follow-up medical care, including a bandage contact lens for several days and eyedrops for several weeks or months
Are the benefits of PRK worth the delayed healing for you? We will help you make that decision, and will carefully follow you through the postoperative period.
Whether LASIK or PRK, new lasers can provide better vision than those in the past. Wavefront LASIK reduces corneal irregularity and distortion, often leaving better than 20/20 vision - and has become standard of care for most procedures. A wavescan evaluation is performed before your procedure to determine exactly how to mold your vision to the provide the best possible vision.
Topolink LASIK is now available to reduce distortions that occur in various eye conditions - allowing laser correction for patients who previously were not candidates.
Corneal Cross Linking (CCX) strengthens corneas that have diseases that cause thinning (such as keratoconus), to stop progression of the condition and to (possibly) allow for laser correction.
Lens Exchange is similar to cataract surgery. Instead of "sculpting" the cornea to improve vision, the lens inside the eye is replaced with a new one with the proper focus to help you see clearly. For many patients who desire vision correction, but who are not good candidates for laser correction, this safe and common procedure is a great option!