Eye condition treatments have come a long way since the first eyeglasses were created more than 800 years ago. Today, developments in laser vision correction surgery can eliminate or greatly reduce a person’s dependence on contacts or eyeglasses and potentially improve his or her vision to 20/20 or better. If you suffer from vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia or cataracts, we encourage you to learn about the potential laser vision correction treatments available to you through NVISION Laser Eye Centers.
LASIK is currently the most commonly performed laser vision correction procedure in North America. However, LASIK is not the only option and may not be the right procedure for you. Depending on your particular circumstances and prescription, some of the following other vision correction options may better suit your unique visual needs. Our doctors are very thorough in determining if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction and will be happy to discuss the potential outcome and risks involved for a patient with your particular prescription. Please contact an NVISION Patient Counselor to schedule a consultation to determine the best laser vision correction treatment for you.
Common treatments at NVISION Laser Eye Centers include:
LASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) is currently one of the most frequently performed elective procedures in North America. It is a highly effective outpatient procedure designed to correct multiple levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and reduce reliance on corrective eyewear. LASIK uses a cool beam of light from the excimer laser to gently reshape the front surface (cornea) of your eye.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) has proven to be remarkably effective at treating nearsightedness, hyperopia, and astigmatism. As with LASIK, PRK is performed to help you become less dependent on glasses and contacts and improve your vision. The main difference between PRK and LASIK is that PRK removes the outer skin of the cornea and applies the laser directly to the cornea’s surface, whereas LASIK creates a corneal flap without removing the entire outer layer of the cornea, followed by laser treatment to the inner tissue of the cornea. One of the biggest advantages of PRK surgery is that it provides an alternative for patients who are not candidates for LASIK while offering essentially the same results.
Phakic Intraocular Lens (IOL) is an alternative treatment to laser correction surgery. For some patients, laser vision correction surgery is not the best course of treatment, such as for those who have extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness, suffer from the discomforts of cataracts, or have extremely dry eyes. For these patients, we may recommend the Phakic IOL. In this form of treatment, an intraocular lens is surgically implanted into the cornea. The lens is permanent (although it can be surgically removed) and needs no maintenance. The Phakic IOL reduces the need for glasses or contact lenses by correcting your vision inside the eye, without removing the eye’s natural lens.
Other Treatments are also available. LASIK is currently the most commonly performed laser vision correction procedure in North America. However, LASIK is not the only option and may not be the right procedure for you. Depending on your particular circumstances and prescription, some of the following other vision correction options may better suit your unique visual needs. Other procedures performed at NVISION include CK, LASEK, Monovision and ICL. Your doctor will be able to provide more information on which procedure is right for you.