Our practice has been performing Refractive Surgery since 1999. Refractive Surgery is a surgical procedure performed to correct the refractive error (spectacle power) of eyes. They are usually done to get rid of, or reduce dependence on, glasses and contact lenses. There are several types of refractive surgery including LASIK, PRK and ICLs.
Before having any type of Refractive Surgery, you will have a thorough eye exam to examine the health of your eyes to determine which procedures you are a candidate for. At this exam, the shape and thickness of your cornea, pupil size, refractive error (myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism) as well as other measurements will be taken and evaluated.
To allow the most accurate measurements, if you wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses (hard contact lenses) , you should stop wearing them at least three weeks before the date of your consultation. Soft contact lenses should be taken out at least two weeks prior to your consultation. Be sure to bring your current glasses so your prescription can be reviewed.
We are committed to providing our patients with excellent results, and if we do not think you will have a result that will satisfy you, we will not recommend the procedure. For some patients, contact lenses and/or glasses are a better option. Our first concern is your safety and long-term satisfaction.
Payment plans are available which can allow you to pay for your Refractive Surgery procedure with low interest financing. Please ask us for further information if you are interested or visit Carecredit.com.
LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure where a thin flap is created in the cornea (the front layer of the eye), the flap is lifted, a laser is applied, and the flap is replaced. LASIK typically provides excellent results for patients with low to moderate myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia.
Before the LASIK procedure begins, a numbing eye drop is applied to your eyes to discomfort. Your eye will be positioned under the laser, and an eyelid speculum will be placed to gently hold your eyelids open during the procedure. The surgeon will program your specific prescription into the excimer laser. The laser will then send pulses of light to your cornea while the surgeon watches your eye through a microscope. The laser should not be painful as it reshapes your cornea.
The LASIK procedure is typically a less than 15-minute outpatient procedure for both eyes with a quick recovery and little downtime. Results begin immediately after the procedure and your vision continues to improve and stabilize over the next few days.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) uses a laser to gently reshape the surface of the eye to provide clear vision.
A numbing eye drop is applied to your eyes to prevent discomfort before the procedure begins. A lid speculum placed on your eyes to gently hold eyelids open during the procedure. The outer layer of your cornea, the epithelium, will be removed without cutting using a brush. The surgeon will then use a laser to reshape your cornea. At the end of the procedure, the surgeon will place an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory and steroid drop onto the eye to assist the healing process. A clear “bandage” contact lens will be placed at the end of the procedure to reduce irritation and to help with the healing process.
PRK is typically a 10-15-minute outpatient procedure for both eyes. You may have some minor irritation for a few days after the procedure. Your vision will improve over the following few days, but you may experience some blurry vision during that time.
EVO Visian ICL
EVO Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer or Implantable Contact Lens) is a newer option for people looking to break free from glasses or contact lenses.
The EVO lens is different from other vision correction options (like LASIK and PRK). The EVO ICL lens is implanted in the eye and does not involve removing corneal tissue. EVO ICL works in harmony with the natural eye while delivering sharp, clear vision, excellent night vision, and UV protection. Also, the EVO ICL lens does not contribute to dry eye syndrome.
As a globally tested and trusted procedure that is now available in the U.S., EVO ICL provides clear vision and, if desired, is removable by a doctor for added peace of mind. Over one million EVO ICL lenses have already been implanted by doctors worldwide and 99.4% of EVO ICL patients in a survey have stated they would have the procedure again.
The EVO ICL lens is slightly smaller than a typical contact lens and is implanted behind the iris (colored part of the eye) and the natural lens for vision correction. The EVO Visian ICL procedure is a 20–30-minute outpatient procedure for both eyes.
We are excited to offer these procedures to provide visual freedom from glasses or contacts. You can contact our office at 803-289-4207 to schedule a consultation.