Laser Vision Correction is a procedure used to improve your vision and reduce your dependence on corrective lenses and contacts. There are numerous types of laser vision corrective procedures available. We will work with each patient individually to help you determine which option would be best for your individual needs, refer you to an experienced and qualified eye surgeon and work in conjunction with them to restore your vision.
LASIK is a common procedure used to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK can help your vision can become clearer and help reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. While 20/20 vision has been achieved for some patients as a result of LASIK, it is not guaranteed for all patients.
LASIK is performed using a specialized, hand-held laser that will allow the surgeon to reshape the cornea. This safe and near-painless procedure has an average success rate of 95%!
You may be a good candidate for LASIK if you are at least 18 years old, have had no change in refraction for at least one year and have realistic expectations for the results.
LASIK has become increasingly popular and the cost has declined. On average, LASIK may cost between $500 and $2,500 per eye. Insurance normally does not cover the cost of LASIK.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is another laser-assisted procedure that is used to correct vision. PRK is considered generally as effective as LASIK when comparing vision correction at the six-month mark. Like other laser vision corrective procedures, PRK reshapes the cornea to compensate for farsightedness, nearsightedness and other vision abnormalities.
The PRK procedure only takes about 10 minutes. Unlike other procedures, PRK completely removes the outer layer of the cornea and allows the eye to heal on its own. We will use a bandage contact lens to help shield the cornea from infection and foreign objects while it heals and reforms. Recovery from PRK may take a few days to several months.
Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is unlike other laser corrective procedures. Instead of reshaping or removing the outer portion of the cornea, radio waves are used to heat the targeted area of the cornea and shrink the connective collagen around it. When this occurs, the cornea tightens and becomes more narrow and steeper, which in turn improves one's vision.
CK is used to correct all types of refractive errors from nearsightedness and farsightedness to astigmatism. This non-invasive procedure provides almost immediate results. Full recovery will take a few weeks, but most patients begin to notice slight improvements following surgery.