If you’re tired of relying on glasses and contacts to see,
laser eye surgery could be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Thanks to major advances
in eye surgery in recent years, procedures are exceedingly safe and effective.
Millions of people have chosen laser eye surgery to correct their vision
problems. There are several different types of laser eye surgery, and
while only your ophthalmologist can help you determine which type is right
for you, this overview can help you weigh your options.
LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis. This refractive eye surgery can
correct many common vision issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness,
and astigmatism. LASIK relies on a laser to reshape the cornea so that
light is focused properly. A small cut in the outer cornea is made to
give the eye surgeon access to the treatment area. Recovery is fast and
the results are long-lasting.
Photorefractive keratectomy, or PRK, addresses minor cases of the same
vision problems that LASIK treats. Like LASIK, PRK relies on a laser to
reshape the cornea and improve the way light is focused. The difference
is that PRK doesn’t require a cut in the cornea like LASIK does.
Instead, a cool stream of ultraviolet light goes directly into the cornea
to do the reshaping.
LASEK is short for laser epithelial keratomileusis. It is similar to PRK.
During LASEK, an epithelial flap is created, and then an alcohol solution
is used to loosen the epithelial cells. Next, a laser is used to reshape
the cornea. In the final step, the surgeon places a contact lens to secure
the epithelial cells as they heal. Like other laser procedures, LASEK
treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Discover the difference better vision can make in your life with the help
of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. You can
schedule a consultation to discuss your vision problems and find out if laser eye surgery can
help you. To reach our NYC practice, call (646) 681-3100.