LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a procedure in which a LASIK surgeon uses a cold beam excimer laser to reshape the cornea. The LASIK procedure involves first creating a thin corneal flap, then folding back the corneal flap and applying the excimer laser to reshape the inner layers of the cornea. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is then gently positioned back into it's original position. LASIK can correct farsightness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism with high accuracy, and minimal down time.
PRK(photo-refractive keratectomy) and LASEK(laser epithelial keratomileusis) are laser procedures in which the same excimer laser is applied directly to the epithelium (top layer of the cornea) for reshaping. Patients who have PRK or LASEK typically will experience a little more discomfort and longer healing time, but the visual end point is exactly the same as LASIK. PRK or LASEK may be preferred if you have thin corneal thickness or suffer from dry eyes.
Our eye doctors are trained to perform co-management with LASIK, PRK, and LASEK surgeons. If you are interested, the first step is to schedule an appointment to determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. If you are a good candidate, you will be referred to a LASIK surgeon for consultation and surgery. Our doctors will perform pre-operative measurements to ensure the most accurate surgical outcome, then closely monitor your post-operatively healing.