The doctors at Fifth Avenue EyeCare and Surgery perform Laser Vision Correction for patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Laser Vision Correction is the procedure of correcting a person’s refractive errors, thus reducing their dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Nearsightedness, farsightedness, or a problem with astigmatism can be corrected with laser surgery. In all three cases, images are projected somewhere other than on the correct place. This results in blurred vision. By changing the shape of the cornea, the surgeon is correcting the way light is focused within your eye so that you can see more clearly.
To determine if you are a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction, a comprehensive screening exam will be performed to assist you in making an informed decision. Generally, Laser candidates must be over the age of 18, have no diseases of the eye, and have had a stable vision prescription for at least two years.
Several different kinds of laser vision correction surgery are available. Like all surgical procedures, they have both risks and benefits. Before you and your doctor make a choice about the kind of surgery available to you, you need to be sure you understand the differences between the surgeries in order to make the best possible decision for your specific case.
LASEK, an acronym for Laser in-Situ Epithelial Keratoplasty, is a form of refractive surgery in which no corneal flap is cut. This no cut approach avoids several issues that can arise from LASIK in which a corneal flap is cut. LASEK is used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (distorted vision). PRK, (photorefractive keratectomy) surgery is another form of surface ablation which likewise avoids the production of a corneal flap.
Both of these techniques can include the custom ablation technique in which the laser is customized not only to your prescription but to the unique variations of your eye. The goal of custom ablation is to maximize the quality of your vision beyond that achieved by standard laser vision correction.
Our doctors have performed many successful Laser Eye Surgeries and invite you to schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for the procedure.