Refractive Surgery

The doctors at the Eye Institute offer the most advanced refractive surgery including Custom Wavefront LASIK and PRK. Laser Vision correction can help you reduce or eliminate the need for eye glasses or contact lenses and see the world with clearer vision.
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LASIK or Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis reshapes the cornea by removing tissue beneath the surface of the cornea. LASIK combines the accuracy of the Excimer Laser with the benefits of Lamellar Keratoplasty (LK).

LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis and takes only a few minutes. You will remain awake during the procedure and the only anesthetic you will need is eye drops. Anticipate being at the laser facility about one hour on the day of the procedure.First, a device called a microkeratome lifts a thin layer of the cornea. This layer, or flap, is then folded back. Next, a cool beam of light gently reshapes the outer surface of the cornea and the flap is replaced in its original position.   Most patients experience improved vision the same day and are able to return to work the very next day. You will take antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops each day for one week following your procedure.

PRK provides an even greater level of safety to an already safe procedure. The visual recovery is slower (one to two weeks on average) and there is more temporary tearing. Rarely is there any pain involved. This procedure leaves the cornea with increased strength compared to lasik. PRK is definitely the procedure of choice in patients with thin corneas as it does not involve the creation of a flap. This is a completely flapless and bladeless approach to eye surgery, which is also attractive to some patients. Another advantage of PRK is a lesser decrease in postoperative tearing because no corneal nerves are cut. This procedure is particularly suited to those in hazardous occupations. In PRK, the surface cells of the cornea are removed, and the excimer laser reshapes the surface of the eye. A temporary contact lens is placed as the surface cells re-grow over the next few days.

Our doctors offer the technological advantage of Custom wavefront guided laser vision correction. Custom laser correction involves a diagnostic device that maps the entire optical path of your eye, including the tiny distortions and imperfections naturally present in all eyes.This is effectively a unique “fingerprint of your vision,” and provides us with extremely precise and detailed information about your vision. The technology involved is highly complex, and it is based upon mathematical techniques used to improve the performance and image quality of deep space telescopes. This customized unique map of your eye is then loaded into the computer of the excimer laser which generates a wavefront customized or wavefront optimized treatment appropriate for the individual “fingerprint” of your eye.

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