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LASIK (Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis) is the most popular laser refractive procedure in the world and is the preferred procedure for patients interested in reducing their dependency on contact lenses and glasses. In fact, it is not uncommon for LASIK surgery patients to eliminate their need for contact lenses or glasses altogether!
LASIK offers benefits over other refractive procedures because it is minimally invasive and is performed under a protective layer of corneal tissue. LASIK is performed by creating a small flap in your cornea and then reshaping the underlying tissue with the excimer laser. This change in curvature focuses the light onto your retina, thus reducing the need for glasses and contact lenses. LASIK is now approved to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
The corneal flap is created and lifted
An excimer laser reshapes the cornea
Step 3The flap is replaced
Although LASIK is a fantastic procedure that changes the lives of thousands of people annually, it certainly isn’t for everyone, but fortunately, there is a vision solution for everyone. Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK is one of these solutions. For those with excessively thin corneas, we can forego creating a flap and simply remove a circle of surface epithelium. The laser then reshapes the underlying corneal tissue, just like our LASIK procedure. Some laser surgeons prefer PRK over LASIK for all candidates. However, Denver Eye Surgeons stresses the need for careful individualized planning and ensures that the risks and benefits of each procedure are thoroughly explained. Again, the best procedure is the one that is best for you! Read More
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Younger individuals who are not candidates for LASIK/PRK, now have the option of the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), a prosthetic lens that is inserted inside the eye in front of the crystalline (natural) lens.These lenses correct for nearsightedness and do not compromise the patient’s ability to read, nor do they cause loss of contrast and or clarity. This is the only refractive surgical procedure that is reversible.
For patients who are over 45 years of age and are starting to experience the aforementioned normal aging process of the eye called presbyopia, LASIK/ PRK may not be the best refractive option. Depending on the ultimate goal of having surgery, a refractive lensectomy might be a better choice.
A refractive lensectomy involves the removal of the natural crystalline lens of the eye and replacement with an intraocular lens implant, or IOL. It is identical to cataract surgery with the exception that the lens has not yet clouded to become a cataract. The benefit of going the route of the refractive lensectomy is that it will negate the need for future cataract surgery since the natural lens will already be removed.