LASIK and PRK

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Understanding LASIK

Imagine LASIK allowing you to live your life without glasses or contacts. Imagine everything in clear, bright, vibrant color. You no longer strain to focus. Activities like hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, and golf are much more convenient because you don’t have to worry about your glasses sliding down your nose or losing a contact lens. This freedom and comfort is precisely what we strive to achieve every day for the people who have chosen to trust their eyes to us.

Your decision on where to go for vision correction should not be made lightly. The center you choose should offer advanced technology and experienced surgeons. We know every patient’s vision correction needs are different. There’s no “one size fits all” attitude here and we’ve invested in technology that lets us personalize a procedure that will be just right for your eyes.

You’ll find confidence in our advanced technology, and in the fact that our experienced Cape Coral eye surgeons are dedicated to providing unsurpassed results for each patient. As you consider any type of vision correction, you can be confident in our commitment to be there every step of the way to make the process comfortable, and above all, successful.

What is PRK?

Like LASIK, PRK or Photorefractive Keratectomy uses a cold pulsing excimer laser to reshape the cornea.  However, rather than creating a flap, PRK removes the surface cells of the cornea itself. Because all adjustments are made on the surface of the eye, the whole procedure is entirely bladeless and doesn’t require the creation of flaps. PRK is a good option for low and moderate corrections. The return of vision is not as fast with PRK as with LASIK, yet long term visual outcomes are typically equal. Occasionally, PRK can even be a better option than LASIK, depending on the characteristics of your eye.

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When a patient seeks a consultation for night vision problems, our board-certified ophthalmologists may recommend PRK. When the cornea has become too thin for certain laser correction surgeries or unresponsive to other less invasive treatments to correct vision problems (like halos), we can offer PRK. Results of a PRK procedure are very similar to LASIK vision correction surgeries.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR LASIK?

While LASIK surgery is extremely effective and popular, it is not for everybody. There are some factors that can make LASIK surgery too risky for certain people. To qualify for this surgery, you must:
Before your surgery, you will need to attend a LASIK consultation. This allows Dr. Stephens to ensure that you are a good candidate. During your consultation at one of our offices, Dr. Stephens will check your eyes to see what adjustments should be made, as well as look out for any possible issues. You will also be asked a bit about your lifestyle to determine whether or not LASIK is right for you.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT BEFORE LASIK SURGERY?

Before you can schedule your LASIK surgery, you will have a consultation at one of our Southwest Florida offices. Dr. Stephens will do a thorough examination of your eyes. This will allow him to assess whether or not LASIK or PRK is right for you, and devise the perfect plan to improve your vision.

Dr. Stephens may advise you to remove your contact lenses around two weeks before your surgery. On your surgery day, you should make sure to remove all makeup before arriving. You should also arrange a ride home for yourself, as your vision will be too blurry right after.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT DURING LASIK SURGERY?

  • Checking Your Eyes
  • Numbing Your Eyes With Topical Anesthesia
  • Speculum Placed Over The Eyes
  • A Thin, Circular Hinged Flap Is Created
  • Flap Will Be Peeled Back To Expose The Inner Layers Of The Cornea
  • Excimer Laser Reshapes The Cornea
  • Smoothing The Corneal Flap Over
  • The Surgery Is Done!
  • Checking Your Eyes Once More After Surgery

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT AFTER LASIK SURGERY?

Once home after your LASIK surgery, we recommend taking a nap. This will allow you to sleep through some of the irritation that can occur after surgery. If your eyes are itchy, it’s important not to rub them. Use lubricating eye drops as often as you need, and be sure to follow the instructions for the use of your medicated eye drops.

The day after your surgery, you will have a follow up appointment with Dr. Stephens to ensure everything is healing well. You will be able to ask any questions or voice any concerns during this appointment.

Many people notice improvements in vision directly after surgery, but your vision will likely still be blurry for a little while. You will be able to drive and get back to most daily activities the day after surgery, but full results may not be achieved for another week.

Are you thinking about LASIK? If you have questions or if you want to see if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact our office to schedule your consultation! Our LASIK experts are here to walk you through every step of the way. Contact Tyson Eye to get started on your journey.

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