Types of Laser Vision Correction Procedures

In recent years, tremendous advancements have been made in the field of laser vision correction procedures.  These procedures, also known as refractive or laser eye surgery, typically work to reshape the cornea or clear the front part of the eye, allowing light to be properly reflected within the eye and improving vision.  Laser vision correction patients often report feeling that they have better vision than ever before once recovered from the procedure.  Below is a listing of some of the more popular types of refractive surgeries.

LASIK
LASIK is a form of laser vision correction designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  During the procedure, the cornea is reshaped to correct the reflection of light within the eye, resulting in proper focus and an improvement in vision.  A newer form of LASIK, Wavefront, is growing in popularity.  In a Wavefront procedure, equipment is used to create a detailed image of the cornea that provides a guide for treatment for the physician.

LASEK
LASEK is used to treat similar vision conditions to those treated by LASIK.  During a LASEK procedure, epithelial cells within the eye are loosened, and an alcohol solution is applied.  A laser then repairs the cornea, and a soft contact lens is inserted and remains in place as the eye heals.  LASEK is a varied form of the PRK procedure.

PRK
Short for photoreactive keratectomy, this procedure also treats nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.  During the PRK procedure, both the patient’s cornea and the area beneath the flap in the cornea are repaired.  A computer is frequently used to assist the provider with the procedure, giving doctors a specific outline of what area of the eye to treat.

Other procedures exist for repair of vision conditions such as cataracts and keratoconus, a thinning of the cornea.  The most important thing for vision correction patients to consider about corrective surgery is whether or not the provider chosen is qualified, board certified and highly successful.

At Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley, we understand that your vision incredibly important.  Our number one goal is patient safety and satisfaction.  Visit our website today at http://www.2020eyesite.com for information about our facility, the costs of laser eye surgery and more.

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