If you are tired of relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly, there are several laser vision correction options available for you. These treatment options can permanently correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism so you will no longer need to rely on glasses or contacts. The professionals at Sohi Eye Care will assess your condition to determine the type of laser vision correction that will work best for you.
Lasik is the most common laser vision correction treatment. During the procedure, your eye doctor will create a flap in the outside layer of the cornea to reach the underlying tissue. Next, they will reshape the issue to allow light to focus into the eye and reach the retina. In most cases, it takes just a day or two to heal from the surgery and start to see clearly. This procedure can treat mild to severe cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. Conditions of the eye such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and dry eye would make you a poor candidate. Taking certain medications will also disqualify you from the procedure, as will having a thin cornea or corneal scarring.
PRK, also known as photorefractive keratectomy, involves your eye doctor using a laser to reshape your cornea to correct your vision. PRK is different than LASIK in that it only reshapes the surface of the cornea instead of the underlying tissue. PRK is a great treatment option for mild to moderate refractive errors. If you are a poor candidate for LASIK due to thin corneas, corneal scarring due to injury or surgery, or if you have corneal dystrophy, PRK might be a better option.
LASEK is similar to PRK. During the procedure, your eye doctor will create a flap to reach the epithelial cells, and they are then loosened by applying an alcohol solution. Next, they use a laser to reshape the cornea. After the procedure, your eye doctor will use a bandage contact lens to allow the eye to heal. This treatment option can treat mild to severe refractive errors, but it takes longer to heal than most laser treatment options.
EpiLASIK is similar to PRK. During the procedure, your eye doctor will separate a thin layer of the cornea so they can reshape it. After, the thin layer can either be replaced or removed. After, you will need to wear a bandage contact lens to protect the eye while it heals. If you are a poor candidate for LASIK, EpiLASIK could be an alternative.
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