How nice would it be to jump out of bed in the morning and be able to see everything clearly with no need to reach for your eyeglasses or contacts? For those of you that are blessed with great vision, you probably take that luxury for granted. Those of us that are less fortunate in the vision department dream about how nice life without glasses or contacts would be. Luckily, there have been many advances in vision correction and refractive eye surgery options.
Patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (blurred vision) are all good candidates for LASIK. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. This bladeless method is painless, requires minimal recovery time, and helps to stabilize vision rapidly. Your eye surgeon will take detailed measurements of your eye before performing the LASIK procedure. To correct your vision, a special type of laser is used to precisely alter the curvature of your cornea. With each pulse of the laser beam, a tiny amount of corneal tissue will be removed, allowing the curve of your cornea to flatten, or make it steeper. Most commonly, a flap is created in the cornea, causing it to raise up, before reshaping the cornea.
LASIK surgery has a very predictable healing response and most patients even have driving vision within 24 hours of treatment. Some may experience dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances after this procedure. It is common to achieve d20/25 vision or better after LASIK eye surgery. While this works well for many activities, some people will eventually need glasses for driving at night or reading as they get older.
You may have only ever heard of LASIK refractive eye surgery as the option to correct vision and remove the need for glasses or contacts. Here at Premier Eye Care Group, there are more available than just LASIK: Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK), Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE). We administer a comprehensive assessment utilizing state-of-the-art technology to determine which refractive surgery procedure is best for you.
Learn more about these alternate procedures here:
- Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) – During this procedure, a cool beam laser is used to reshape the patient’s cornea. There may be a slightly longer healing time with PRK compared to LASIK; however, the improvements to the patient’s vision are outstanding!
- Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) – Visian ICL is an eye procedure where a thin lens is implanted inside the eye behind the pupil, between the iris and natural lens. This procedure can correct higher levels of myopia than LASIK or PRK. The eye’s natural lens is left in place, and there is no need for corneal laser or treatment.
- Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) – RLE is also called “clear lens extraction.” Essentially, this procedure is cataract surgery performed on a clear lens or mild cataract. The natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens, which can provide single focus vision or multifocal vision. RLE has the advantage of being able to treat presbyopia (gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects) as well as myopia or hyperopia.
How can Premier Eye Care Group help?
If you have a moderate degree of refractive error and no unusual vision problems, LASIK surgery could be a great option for you to consider. At Premier Eye Care Group, we have a qualified group of doctors that are ready to help you regain your vision in painless and simple ways. Our Ophthalmology Surgery Center is state of the art and offers the LASIK procedure, as well as other refractive eye surgery options based on your specific vision needs.
Premier Eye Care Group, located in the Harrisburg and Camp Hill, PA regions, offers their patients a variety of eye care services.
Please contact us today at (717) 232-0843 to discuss your treatment options. We look forward to hearing from you soon!