If glasses and contact lenses aren’t a good fit for your lifestyle, you may want to consider laser eye surgery. Vision correction procedures, including LASIK and PRK, can offer you the clear vision you desire without the use of contact lenses or glasses.
Like any surgical procedure, choosing whether or not to undergo laser eye surgery is a big decision. To help you make the right choice for your needs, Central Optometry offers laser eye surgery consultations.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery. During this procedure, your surgeon will create a small flap in the thin outer layer of your cornea (the epithelium) and gently fold it back to reveal the inner layers. These layers are then reshaped using a laser, which corrects your refraction, before the flap is replaced.
Like other forms of laser eye surgery, PRK relies on a laser to gently reshape your cornea and correct your vision. During PRK the epithelium is removed before the cornea is reshaped. Once the surgery is complete, the epithelium repairs itself over the next few days.
PRK has a longer recovery time than LASIK but offers several advantages for some patients. PRK is a good choice for patients with corneas that are too thin for LASIK. Also, because no flap is created, there is no risk of flap-related complications.
During Your Consultation
During your laser eye surgery consultation, your optometrist will perform a series of tests and measurements to ensure that laser eye surgery is a good choice for you. They will consider and assess several factors, including the thickness of your corneas, your pupil size, and your current prescription.
If we determine that you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery, we will go over the benefits of the procedure and let you know what sort of results you can expect. We will also discuss the potential complications and risks associated with laser refractive surgery and address any questions and concerns you may have.
If you decide that laser vision correction is the right choice for you, we will provide you with pre and post-operative care.
After Your Surgery
We will schedule a series of follow up appointments with you so that we can monitor your recovery closely and address any questions or concerns you may have during the healing process.
For more information about laser eye surgery, or to schedule your consultation, please contact our office.