If your lifestyle isn’t suited to glasses or contact lenses, you may want to consider laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery, including LASIK and PRK, can provide you with clear vision as well as freedom from contact lenses and glasses.
Just like any form of elective surgery, choosing to undergo laser eye surgery is a big decision that can’t be made lightly. To help you make an informed decision, Vision Source D.C. Focus Eyecare Center offers laser eye surgery consultations.
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LASIK is the most popular form of laser eye surgery. To begin, your surgeon creates a small flap in the outer layer of your cornea (the epithelium), which is then gently folded out of the way. This reveals your cornea’s inner layers, which are gently reshaped using a laser, correcting your vision. When the procedure is finished, your surgeon then gently folds the flap back into place.
PRK is very similar to LASIK. However, instead of making a flap in your epithelium, these outer cells are removed entirely, giving your surgeon a larger working area. When the surgery is complete, the cells in your epithelium regrow over the next few days.
Because the epithelium is removed, PRK has a longer recovery time than LASIK. However, PRK is a better choice than LASIK for some patients, including those with thin corneas.
Since no flap is created during PRK, this form of laser eye surgery carries no risk of flap-related complications.
Laser eye surgery isn’t a good choice for everyone, and there are several important factors that need to be considered before you make your decision. During your consultation at Vision Source D.C. Focus Eyecare Center, your optometrist will perform a series of tests to determine if laser eye surgery is a good choice for you. These tests will look at a variety of factors, including your current prescription, corneal thickness, and pupil size.
If laser eye surgery is a good choice for you, your optometrist will discuss the benefits, risks, and potential complications with you so that you can make an informed decision. They will also walk you through the procedure, tell you what sort of results you can reasonably expect, and address any concerns you may have.
If you decide that laser eye surgery is the right choice for you, your optometrist will schedule a series of follow up appointments with you, work with your surgeon to ensure the entire process goes smoothly, and handle your pre and post-operative care.
Once your surgery is complete, you will meet with your optometrist for your follow-up appointments. These appointments are vital because they allow your optometrist to closely monitor your recovery, as well as address any questions or concerns that arise during the healing process.
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