LASIK & Refractive Surgery
Choosing to have laser correction over glasses and contacts is a big step. We can help you decide if this is right for you.
Choosing to have refractive surgery is a big step. For many people having refractive surgery, it is their first surgery, and for most it is their first eye surgery. Many patients have thought about reducing or eliminating their need for glasses and contacts for years, and finally decide to pursue refractive surgery.
Corneal refractive surgery continues to evolve, but the mainstays of corneal refractive surgery remain PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis). LASIK and PRK are used to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is that LASIK requires the cutting of a flap, while PRK does not. There are various pros and cons of both procedures, including how much refractive error can be corrected, which can be discussed with your surgeon. Overall both procedures are tolerated very well, and outcomes are excellent.
Deciding on refractive surgery is a decision that you will have to make with your surgeon. As with all surgical procedures there is risk, and some patients may be better served continuing to use their glasses or contacts. However, even contacts have a risk for vision loss. However, the vast majority of patients who have PRK/LASIK, love the results of their surgery. The most important thing is to have an honest and careful evaluation with your provider to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. We would be honored to help you make a decision that makes sense for you