Laser vision correction includes many procedures designed to improve vision through altering the shape of the cornea. LASIK and PRK are by far the leading forms of laser vision correction, with LASIK being the preferred treatment method. In fact, LASIK has become the most performed elective surgery in the world.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK, also known as laser eye surgery, is a pain-less treatment that reshapes the cornea, correcting common eye conditions. The LASIK procedure includes two-main steps: 1.) Creating the corneal flap, 2.) Treating the cornea with a ultra-precise excimer laser. Once complete, the recovery process is usually very quick, with most patients safetly driving the day after treatment.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
Similar to LASIK, PRK is a procedure that utilizes an excimer laser to re-shape the cornea. The main difference between LASIK and PRK is the way that the corneal flap is created. While LASIK uses an ultra precise instrument (microkeratome) to create the flap, in PRK the flap is created with assistance from medical ointments. PRK is performed on patients where it presents a better treatment option than LASIK.
Monovision is a laser vision correction technique to reduce the need for reading glasses or bifocals by working around presbyopia. Monovision can be a successful option for those that don’t want to use reading glasses. Call our Patient Communication Center to find out more about Monovision and schedule your free LASIK exam. During your exam, our doctors will thoroughly explain the procedure and it’s benefits.