LASIK has become one of the most popular vision correction procedures in the United States. The procedure itself is quick and relatively painless, and recovery only requires a few days. Most patients see an immediate improvement in their vision, and we can achieve 20/40 to 20/20 vision in a large majority of our patients. LASIK uses a surgical blade or laser to create a flap on the corneal surface, which is then folded back to allow our doctors to reshape the cornea with a laser. Reshaping the cornea can improve imperfections and refractive errors that are causing visual difficulties. The flap is placed back into position and will heal on its own, without the need for sutures or bandages.
For patients who want to improve their quality of life by reducing their dependence on glasses or contacts, we offer procedures such as LASIK and PRK.
IntraLase® and iLASIK™
Both IntraLase® and iLASIK™ are bladeless techniques for LASIK. Traditional LASIK uses a microkeratome, or surgical blade to create the corneal flap. These alternative methods utilize a laser instead, which allows for enhanced precision and a thinner flap. While blade-free methods offer greater accuracy, minimal discomfort, and even shorter recovery periods, they are not the right techniques for patients with certain conditions. Our doctors can help you determine which type of LASIK procedure is right for you during your initial consultation.
Photorefractive keratectomy, better known as PRK, was one of the first laser eye surgeries developed, and it is still widely used today. It is most often recommended as a viable alternative for patients who do not qualify for LASIK. The primary difference in the two procedures is that there is no flap created in PRK. Instead, the epithelial, or outermost layer of the cornea is removed. The laser then reshapes the cornea to correct your vision. As with LASIK, the procedure is quick and virtually painless. The epithelium heals and grows back within three to five days. However, it can take up to several weeks or more for your vision to fully improve and stabilize, making the total recovery time from PRK much longer than what patients experience with LASIK.
Implantable Contact Lenses
An implantable contact lens, or ICL, is inserted into your eye between the iris and your eye’s natural lens. Unlike LASIK and PRK, there is no removal or reshaping of your eye’s natural tissue. After determining your prescription and placing anesthetic drops to numb the eye, a small incision is made at the edge of your cornea. The lenses are folded precisely to allow them to be inserted through the small incision, and will unfold once in place. This procedure can offer an immediate improvement to your vision.