Laser Eye Surgery Consultation
Laser eye surgery can be a great alternative for those who are looking for a different solution to wearing contact lenses or glasses!
Our doctor provides you with a comprehensive preoperative evaluation to determine whether you are a candidate for laser eye surgery or other vision correction procedures such as LASIK, PRK, SMILE, or Lens Exchange surgery.The following factors are considered in the medical evaluation of the cornea and the eye:
- Corneal thickness
- Severe dry eyes
- Previous eye health conditions such as severe glaucoma, cataracts, or presbyopia
- Current refractive status / unstable prescriptions
If your eyes are determined to be suitable for refractive surgery, your information will be forwarded to a surgeon and surgery can be scheduled. We also manage post-operative procedures including visits over time to monitor corneal healing and post-surgery vision.
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis or LASIK is a refractive surgery that reshapes the cornea to correct how the light bends into the eye and treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. This is the most common refractive surgery performed today.
A thin circular flap is created by an instrument called a microkeratome or a laser and the flap is folded back to expose the corneal tissue. The cornea is reshaped using an excimer laser to change the way light bends into the eye and provide you with clearer vision. The flap is laid back in place and heals over time.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is a type of laser refractive surgery that treats a wide range of prescriptions and is performed on the surface of the cornea, rather than making a flap. For patients with steep, thin, or irregularly shaped corneas, PRK is often the safest and best solution. PRK uses the same excimer laser as LASIK to reshape the cornea to treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism.
During the procedure, the outermost layer of cells is removed using a dilute alcohol solution. Then a customized laser treatment is used to reshape the inner layers of the cornea and a soft, clear contact lens is placed onto the eye to protect it during the initial portion of the healing phase
SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction) is an innovative, minimally invasive flapless laser correction used to treat nearsightedness and astigmatism. This procedure uses the Zeiss VisuMax femtosecond laser system to provide high-precision correction by creating a small access through which the lenticule is removed while leaving the cornea virtually untouched. This changes the way light bends into the eye to provide you with clearer vision while providing maximum protection of the cornea.The benefits of SMILE include:
- Flapless, single-step treatment
- Minimally invasive, 3 mm access area
- Almost complete preservation of the corneal layers
- The maximum number of corneal nerves remain intact
RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) uses similar techniques for modern cataract surgery to correct refractive errors of the eye, providing a dual advantage for patients in their middle years by preventing the need for future primary cataracts surgery. RLE is recommended for those who are not good candidates for other refractive procedures. This can include individuals with high levels of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and those with early signs of lens opacity.
During this procedure, the natural lens is gently removed using ultrasound and replaced with a prescription intraocular lens (IOL), selected to compensate for specific refractive problems.Intraocular Lens (IOL) options include:
- Monofocal IOL
- Trifocal IOL
- Extended Depth Of Focus IOL
- Toric IOL