Refractive Surgery

Many people who are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses seek the help of refractive surgeons. Refractive surgery improves vision by correcting refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. A high percentage of patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better after their procedure.

Refractive surgery typically performed by photoablation using an eximer laser in the form of PRK (photorefractive keratomeilusis) or LASIK (laser assisted insitu keratomielusis) are used to reshape the cornea to reduce the need for corrective lenses.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States for vision correction.

The LASIK Procedure

In the LASIK surgical procedure, the surgeon corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (clear front part of the eye) with an excimer laser. The first step in the surgery is creation of a flap. This is a partial thickness flap of the cornea that is created using the IntraLase femtosecond laser. Our surgeons do not use a blade or microkeratome for this portion of the surgery. After the flap is created, it is reflected back and the excimer laser applied to reshape the cornea. After this the flap is put back in place without stitches and most people return to their normal activities within 24 hours with their vision corrected.

The eximer laser used to resphape the cornea is the same for either the LASIK or PRK procedure, the difference between the two is the flap. For either procedure, wavescan technology is utilized to map even the tiniest imperfections of the cornea, and allows your surgeon to perform a customized treatment specifically for your eyes. The eximer laser used is the VISX with CustomVue technology.

Refractive Surgery | LASIK Surgery | Photorefractive Keratectomy | PRK Surgery

LASIK

Refractive Surgery | LASIK Surgery | Photorefractive Keratectomy | PRK Surgery

PRK

LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis and the actual surgery takes less than a few minutes per eye although you will be at the surgery center for a few hours. Anesthetic eye drops are administered, so you remain awake and comfortable. Afterwards you are sent home to take a nap.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, please call 773.525.8700 to schedule your complimentary consultation. During your consultation you will meet the surgeon and discuss what LASIK can do for you.

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Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy) is a commonly performed type of laser vision correction surgery. It was actually developed prior to LASIK and is similar to LASIK, except that no corneal flap is created.

PRK Surgery

In the PRK surgical procedure, the surgeon corrects vision by reshaping the cornea (clear front portion of the eye) using an eximer laser. The eximer laser used in the same for either the LASIK or PRK procedure, the difference between the two is that no flap is created in PRK. The very surface of the cornea is gently removed prior to the application of the eximer laser. Because of the removal of a portion of the surface of the eye, the eye could be sore or scratchy after the procedure for a few days while the surface layer heals. Bandage contact lenses are placed on the eye to aid in comfort. PRK is advantageous for some patients, especially those that are not good candidates for LASIK. For either procedure, wavescan technology is utilized to map even the tiniest imperfections of the cornea, and allows your surgeon to perform a customized treatment specifically for your eyes. The eximer laser used is the VISX with CustomVue technology.

PRK is performed on an outpatient basis and the actual surgery takes less than a few minutes per eye although you will be at the surgery center for a few hours. Anesthetic eye drops are administered, so you remain awake and comfortable. Afterwards you are sent home to take a nap.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for PRK, please call 773.525.8700 to schedule your complimentary consultation. During your consultation you will meet the surgeon and discuss what PRK can do for you.

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