Helping You Decide if Laser Eye Surgery Is Right for You
If you’ve worn glasses or contacts for a long time, you’ve probably wondered if laser eye surgery is a good choice for you. Laser eye surgery offers a huge variety of benefits and could improve your quality of life.
We’re here to give you all the facts you need to help you make the right decision. Our Optometrists offer pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing all sorts of laser eye surgery procedures.
We’ll Walk You Through the Process From Start to Finish
The whole process starts with an evaluation. Our Optometrists perform a complete review of your patient history as well as a full assessment of your eye health and vision. Before we can give the “ok” for surgery, we need to make sure you’re a good candidate, ruling out any factors that may affect your results. We’ll also talk with you about your surgery options and what type of procedure is best for you.
Once we’ve determined whether surgery is the right course of treatment, we’ll refer you to one of the amazing ophthalmologists we work with. Their practice will perform some more advanced diagnostic testing and will evaluate your eligibility for surgery.
Once you have scheduled your surgery, we’ll contact you to book some follow-up appointments with us. Typically, your first follow-up is the day after surgery. You’ll have a series of follow-up appointments in our office over the next 6 months.
We recommend a full eye exam 1 year after your surgery to determine the long-term results of your procedure. Our Optometrists are happy to answer any questions you might have along the way.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
PRK was the first type of laser eye surgery ever performed, and some doctors still prefer it over other methods for specific patients. Using a laser, the ophthalmologist reshapes the surface of the cornea, changing the way light refracts into your eye. Your vision will be blurry at first, but should clear up within a few days. A bandage contact lens will be required to protect the cornea while it heals.
LASIK is currently the most popular kind of laser eye surgery. The ophthalmologist starts by creating a small flap in the outer layer of the cornea and folding it back. They then use a small, hand-held laser to reshape the exposed middle layers of the cornea. Once they’ve achieved the shape they want, the ophthalmologist replaces the flap over the newly reshaped cornea. You will probably experience clear vision within the next 24 hours.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Instead of having their cornea reshaped, some patients choose to have their eyes’ natural lenses replaced. IOLs or intraocular lenses are special implants designed to correct refractive errors. Refractive lens exchange is sort of like having permanent contact lenses, except they’re implanted in your eyes rather than placed on your eyes.
The procedure starts with the ophthalmologist breaking up your eye’s natural lens with an ultrasonic device. After they’ve removed the pieces through a small incision in the side of the cornea, they slide in the IOL which takes the place of your old, natural lens.