Lasik Eye Surgery and Corrective Eye Surgery
Eye surgery advancements in technology and surgical techniques allows many procedures to be safely performed in the morning and have you home by lunch.
Safe and effective, LASIK eye surgery is a commonly performed method of vision correction to reduce or even eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The ideal candidate will:
- Have a nearsighted refractive error of -1.00 or greater
- Have a farsighted refractive error of +1.00 to +4.00
- Be over 18 years of age
- Have a prescription that has not changed significantly in the past year
- Have healthy corneas
- Be in general good health
- Have realistic expectations
Other Types of Eye Surgery:
If you want to be less dependent on corrective lenses, Doctors Vision Center offers several surgical options in addition to LASIK Surgery including: Natural Lens Replacement, Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), and Refractive Lens Implants.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Like LASIK, PRK uses the same laser to reshape the cornea. Unlike LASIK there is no flap created in the outer layer of the cornea. Instead this outer layer is removed with a chemical to expose the lower layers of the cornea for the laser. Because the outer cornea tissue is removed and not replaced it takes up to a month for this tissue to naturally regenerate. There is a greater degree of initial discomfort which is easily controlled. Photorefractive Keratectomy (RK) is considered safer and perhaps more effective than LASIK.
Refractive Lens Implants
The refractive lens implant (also known as a phakic IOL) is a lens that is implanted on top of the natural lens. It adds focusing power to your natural lens without replacing it. This procedure is especially beneficial to those patients who are extremely nearsighted and may not be good candidates for other vision correction surgery, such as LASIK. The procedure can be reversed if necessary, restoring the eye to its pre-surgical condition.
Natural Lens Replacement
For those patients who have or are experiencing extreme vision problems, your eye surgeon may recommend a procedure called a refractive lensectomy (or clear lens exchange). In a refractive lensectomy, the natural lens within your eye is surgically removed and replaced with an artificial lens, also called an intraocular lens (IOL). This allows your surgeon to provide you with a new lens that has improved focusing power, eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses in most cases.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the part of the eye that provides fine focus and produces clear, sharp images at distance and near. As a natural result of aging, cataracts are common among older adults. In cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear, plastic lens precisely measured to your eye. Successful surgery restores normal vision — even at near if a multifocal lens is used. Cataract surgery is the most common and most successful elective surgery performed in the United States.
Contact your local North Carolina Doctors Vision Center to get more information about how we can help with your vision care needs.