With LASIK surgery, a small flap of corneal tissue is elevated. The eximer
laser treatment is applied and the flap is repositioned. Although there is
slightly more risk of complications associated with LASIK compared to PRK, it
is associated with less pain, quicker visual recovery and more convenience
since both eyes can be operated on at the same time.
With PRK, the top layer of the cornea (the skin) is removed, the eximer laser
treatment is applied and the "skin" is left to heal back in on its own.
Normally, a contact lens is worn for 3-5 days to promote healing and
minimize pain. There is slightly less risk associated with this procedure as
there is no flap created, thus there is no risk of flap complications. It is,
however, a more inconvenient procedure as there is delayed visual recovery
and there can be more pain during the healing process
Both of the these procedures produce the same visual results. Some
patients may qualify for one or the other procedure whereas most
patients will qualify for either. Please discuss all of your options with
CustomVue treatments and Iris Registration (for better centration) are also
available for all LASIK and PRK procedures. Call today for more
information on this exciting new advance in refractive surgery.
We also offer a customized no touch, no suture, no flap refractive
procedure. Call or visit us today for more information.
REFRACTIVE LENS IMPLANTS
MULTIFOCAL LENS IMPLANT
Currently approved by the FDA for implantation only at the time of cataract
surgery, this exciting new lens implant provides correction of both distance
and near vision without the need for glasses. Although some people notice
glare and halos around lights at night, the greatly reduced dependence on
eyeglasses more than offsets this sometimes annoying side effect.
Occasionally, some patients receiving this lens implant will require weak
reading glasses while working at the computer and very rarely, eyeglasses
may be required for some tasks at near. Some patients may choose to
receive the MULTIFOCAL lens implant to reduce their dependence on glasses
before they develop cataracts. The patient must, however, understand that
this is an "off-label" use of this product (not FDA approved for this purpose)
and must sign an informed consent that states that they understand this
fact as well as all of the risks and benefits of the procedure.
ACRYSOF TORIC IMPLANT
The Acrysof Toric Implant is a special premium implant that is placed in the
eye at the time of cataract surgery. The implant helps to greatly reduce
naturally occurring astigmatism. Like the MULTIFOCAL lens implant, it can
only be implanted in patients with visually significant cataracts.
LIMBAL RELAXING INCISIONS
These are small incisions placed on the edge of the cornea (the clear dome
over the front of the eye). When used appropriately, these incision can be
very effective in reducing or eliminating astigmatism. This procedure can be
performed in the office using a local anesthetic.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information
regarding these exciting ways to eliminate or reduce your dependence on