Refractive Surgery

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Refractive Surgery2018-10-15T15:21:11+00:00

What is Refractive Surgery

Refractive surgery includes an array of modern surgical procedures designed to improve vision problems, often eliminating the need for corrective lenses. Glasses or contact lenses can correct most vision problems; however, when these are not the most practical solutions, refractive surgery should be considered an effective alternative for improving vision. PRK and LASIK are the most common methods of refractive surgery today. They use excimer lasers, the most technologically advanced method of corrective surgery, to reshape the curvature of the cornea.

The excimer laser is a charged mixture of argon and fluoride gases in a mirrored tube to produce a beam of ultraviolet light. This beam is unique because it has the ability to break the molecular bonds between tissue and vaporize tissue, a microscopic layer at a time. The laser can sculpt tissue with no effect on the underlying and surrounding tissue. This makes it ideal for changing the shape of the cornea, the eye’s front window, to reduce or eliminate focusing problems. Successful refractive eye surgery can reduce or cure common vision disorders such as myopia(nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

The LASIK Procedure

What is Laser Surgery for the Eyes? Refractive laser surgery now offers an alternative to glasses and contact lenses in correcting vision. It can correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea with a cold...

Risks & Benefits of LASIK

More than two million procedures have been performed using FDA-approved Wavelight’s lasers and fewer than one percent of patients have experienced any kind of serious, vision-threatening complications. As with every surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits of these procedures.

Reduce the need for reading glasses with LASIK

Presbyopia, which literally means "old eyes", is a normal and expected consequence of the aging process. The crystalline lens within your eyes is composed of proteins. These proteins are soft and flexible when you are younger. Beginning as you approach your 40's presbyopia occurs as the protein...

The LASIK experience

Your complimentary consultation is the first step. During this one-hour appointment you will have specific testing performed to assure that you are eligible for the laser treatment. The remainder of your...

PRK vs LASIK

LASIK and PRK are two different (but similar) types of laser eye surgery. Both are grouped under the umbrella "laser eye surgery," but each is a little different when it comes to advantages and disadvantages.

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