The First Step to Naturally Clear Vision
A laser eye surgery consultation is the first step in the refractive surgery process. A consultation helps us determine if you’re a candidate for laser vision correction and which type is best for your eyes. After your consultation, if we determine that you are a candidate, we’ll refer you to an ophthalmologist for your laser eye surgery.
A Typical Laser Eye Surgery Consultation
We begin every laser eye surgery consultation with a thorough eye exam. This is an opportunity to confirm if you’re eligible for laser eye surgery and to assess which laser surgery option is best for you Patients with diabetes, amblyopia, keratoconus, or glaucoma are typically not eligible candidates for laser vision correction. We also don’t recommend refractive surgery if you’re pregnant, under 18, or have unstable vision.
Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, commonly referred to as LASIK, is the most common type of laser eye surgery. A flap is made in your cornea, the cornea is reshaped using a laser, and the flap is put back in place. Reshaping the cornea allows light to focus properly on the retina, correcting your vision. LASIK usually only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes and offers a rapid recovery.
PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy. A thin layer of the cornea is removed, then the underlying cornea is reshaped using a laser. Because there is no corneal flap, as in LASIK, this method is suitable for patients with a thin cornea, although healing takes a bit longer.
Instead of using a blade to create a flap, as in LASIK, Intralase uses a laser to create the corneal flap. This allows for a flap of uniform thickness, with potentially fewer complications.