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Are You Considering Corrective Eye Surgery?

Have you made the decision to get corrective eye surgery?  If so, your vision dreams are about to come true!  You’ll finally be able to wake up in the morning and be able to see without the need for glasses or contacts!  Gone will be the days of searching for your glasses to read the fine print or having to put your contacts in before you go for a run. 

Patients with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (blurred vision) are all good candidates for corrective eye surgeries.

Here at Premier Eye Care Group (PECG), we offer many types of corrective eye surgeries, which means life without glasses or contacts is within reach.  Our surgical counselors will work to educate you on your options during a complimentary consultation.  They will address your personal eye and vision goals and individual needs.  Eye measurements, procedure options, costs (including discounts and financing options), as well as answers to questions you may have will all be included in the consult.  

What to Expect After Your Corrective Eye Surgery

Allow our team of experienced eye physicians and board-certified ophthalmologist to offer a breakdown of the different types of corrective eye surgery options we offer. 

Below you will find information regarding what types of refractive error the surgeries will improve, who they are ideal for and what to expect afterwards:

LASIK

LASIK is probably the most common and widely-known type of corrective eye surgery.  Pulses of laser energy precisely reshape and 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. The LASIK eye surgery procedure allows light to focus onto the retina, which improves your vision. 

Ideal for patients with:

– Nearsightedness

– Astigmatism

Recovery Time & Side Effects:

LASIK surgery has a very predictable healing response and most patients even have driving vision within 24 hours of treatment.  While some people may experience dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances after this procedure, most LASIK patients notice improved vision immediately.

PRK

The idea behind Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) is the same as LASIK, using a laser to reshape the cornea.  The difference is how the surgeon treats the cornea.  During this procedure, a cool beam (computer-guided ultraviolet light) is used to reshape the cornea.  Some of the marked benefits of PRK is the ability to treat patients with thinner corneas and not having a flap on the cornea.

Ideal for patients with:

– Mild to moderate nearsightedness

– Mild to moderate astigmatism

Recovery Time & Side Effects:

There may be a slightly longer healing time with PRK compared to LASIK; however, the improvements to the patient’s vision are outstanding!  Most people can see well enough after this procedure to resume driving and normal activities within two weeks. However, it’s important to note that it takes three to six months to fully heal.  Vision fluctuations, halos and glare, light sensitivity and reduced night vision are common side effects and can be felt for several months after PRK.

Have You Been Told You Are Not a Candidate for LASIK or PRK?


If you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK or PRK procedures, there are other amazing options for you.

Visian ICL

An implantable collamer lens (ICL) is implanted into the eye between the iris (colored part of the eye) and the natural lens.  The thin ICL works with the eye’s existing lens to bend (refract) light onto the retina, which produces clearer vision. 

An advantage of the Visian ICL procedure is that it is able to correct your vision without the removal of any natural tissue.  The lens is removable if ever needed.  This procedure can correct higher levels of myopia (nearsightedness) than LASIK or PRK. 

Ideal for patients with:

– High prescriptions

– Nearsightedness

– Nearsightedness with Astigmatism


Recovery Time & Side Effects:

Since the ICL surgery is minimally invasive, your eye should heal and regain relatively normal function within 24 hours.  Based on your recovery timeline, the frequency of the eye drops may be adjusted. You may experience some fluctuations in your vision during your recovery and medications will help with this.

RLE

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is removing the clear lens in your eye and replacing it with a vision correcting one.  This procedure is also known as Cataract surgery if someone has been diagnosed with mature cataracts.  The natural lens is replaced with an intraocular lens, which can provide single focus vision or multifocal vision. 

A silicone or acrylic Intraocular lens has the ability to give both distance and near vision correction, which would allow the patient to enjoy freedom from glasses or contact lenses.  RLE has the advantage of being able to treat presbyopia (the maturing process that happens to the lens with aging when a bifocal or reading glasses become necessary – usually 50+ years of age) as well as myopia or hyperopia.

Ideal for patients with:

– Nearsightedness

– Farsightedness

– Astigmatism

– Presbyopia

Recovery Time & Side Effects:

One of the many benefits of RLE is the minimal recovery time experienced by most patients.  In fact, most people are able to return to normal routines within days and are able to enjoy their new, clearer vision shortly after treatment.  Final outcomes of RLE can take a couple of weeks and you may notice some vision disturbances, such as blurry vision, halos and glare, or a “scratchy” sensation as your eyes heal.  These are all normal side effects and will naturally go away as your eye heals.

PECG – Your Trusted Corrective Eye Surgery Center

Premier Eye Care Group’s goal is to make sure our surgical patients have all the information they need to feel comfortable with the steps involved and our eye physicians.   Our Ophthalmology Surgery Center is state of the art and offers a variety of corrective eye surgeries, including LASIK, PRK, Visian ICL and RLE, based on your specific vision needs. 

In addition to our surgical procedures, Premier Eye Care Group, located in the Harrisburg and Camp Hill, PA regions, offers a variety of other eye care services

Please contact us today at (717) 232-0843 to discuss your options.  Give us a call to find out how you can see the possibilities!

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