Laser Vision Correction (LVC) is one of the most exciting technological advances in the history of eye care. It is performed with an excimer laser, which produces a “cool” ultraviolet laser light that gently reshapes the cornea. Both LASIK and PRK utilize an excimer laser to perform Laser Vision Correction.
During PRK (Photo Refractive Keratectomy), Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center surgeons gently alter the cornea’s outer layer through a series of ultra precise pulses, which changes the way you see. The treatment takes only a few minutes and anesthetic drops are used to ensure that the treatment is completely painless. PRK is performed for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
During LASIK (Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center surgeons lift a flap of the cornea with a special instrument called a keratome. Then the laser beam is directed with precision control to reshape the cornea. The flap is then returned for more controlled healing and more rapid vision stabilization, with little or no discomfort. LASIK is performed for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Determining whether PRK or LASIK, or any other procedure is right for you is a decision best made by you in consultation with one of our surgeons. There is no cost for the initial consultation and there is absolutely no obligation.
Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center is always looking for the newest innovative technology while making sure the patients’ safety and best interests come first. In this respect, Dr. Wexler continues to evaluate new laser technology (wavefront analysis and custom ablation) in order to provide quality service you can clearly see.
With CusomVue corneal ablation, your vision becomes unique as WaveScan technology provides a “fingerprint” map of your eye. At Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center there are always ongoing laser and CustomVue updates.
At Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center we use the VISX StarS4 with ActiveTrak and iris registration. This is a 7-beam variable spot laser with eye tracking. The VISX Star53 is FDA approved for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and mixed astigmatism. By coupling the StarS4 excimer laser and WaveScan Wavefront system, CustomVue treatments are performed. This allows a tailored procedure for each eye. This technique of measuring is 25 times more precise, which translates to a higher level of precision and accuracy, allowing patients to achieve the full potential of their vision.
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Since 1982, more than two million Laser Vision Correction treatments have been performed. From all of the data available to date, there have been no significant long term problems. Laser Vision Correction is considered to be very safe. Though extremely rare, as in any medical procedure, there may be some side effects associated with excimer laser treatment. During a consultation, these will be explained by a Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center surgeon who will be performing your procedure.
Risks of PRK And Lasik Include
- Overcorrection and Undercorrection: This is a normal part of healing; however, in rare instances if it persists, a follow-up procedure can be performed to remedy this problem at no charge to you. This is called an “enhancement.” At Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center, our enhancement rate is less than 3 percent, far less than the national average.
- Regression: Over time, if undercorrection occurs, it too can be corrected with an additional procedure. The overwhelming majority of individuals require only one procedure.
- Night Glare: The most common problem, which usually improves within the first few months.
- Infection: Although very rare, corneal scarring can occur from a severe infection. All patients receive antibiotic eye drops both before and after surgery.
- Corneal Haze: A scar or cloudy cornea that may affect vision.
- Loss of best corrected vision. Although rare, this may be permanent.
- Contrast Sensitivity Loss: Can occur but is usually well tolerated.
- Dry Eye: A very common occurrence. Treated successfully with tears, tear duct plugs and time in the overwhelming majority of individuals.
Risks of Lasik Only from Corneal Flap Creation Include
- Loss of the flap.
- Penetration into the eye.
- Infection or growth of cells under the flap.
- Wrinkling, swelling, or dislocation of the flap.
Laser Vision Correction may end your dependence upon glasses or contact lenses. Laser Vision Correction does not always create 20/20 or better vision. It cannot correct presbyopia or aging of the eyes that normally occurs around age 40 and may require the use of reading glasses. The cosmetic, recreation, and psychological aspects are all positives.
If the idea of reducing or eliminating your dependence on glasses or contacts is appealing to you, then Laser Vision Correction may be worth your consideration.
If paying for Laser Vision Correction is an issue, financing plans are available. At Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center, we have different financial plans available to allow you to pick what is best for you. We even have a plan with zero percent interest. You may also pay for laser vision correction with a flexible spending plan, if provided by your employer. Don’t let cost prevent you from seeing the world clearly.