If glasses and contact lenses are not ideal for your lifestyle, you may want to consider laser eye surgery. Laser vision correction procedures, including LASIK, and PRK, can offer you clear, crisp vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
Like any surgical procedure, choosing to undergo laser eye surgery is a big decision. The team at La Paz Optometric Center is here to help you decide if corrective eye surgery is right for you by offering laser eye surgery consultations.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK is the most popular form of laser eye surgery. During this procedure, your surgeon will first create a flap in your epithelium, which is pulled back to reveal the inner layers. These inner layers are reshaped using a laser, and then the flap is replaced after surgery.
Like other forms of laser eye surgery, PRK uses a laser to reshape your cornea, correcting your vision. In PRK, the thin outer layer of your cornea (the epithelium) is removed before the cornea is reshaped with a laser. The epithelium repairs itself within a few days. PRK has a longer recovery time than LASIK, but still has a few advantages for some patients. Because no flap is created, the entire thickness of the underlying stroma is available for treatment, making this procedure ideal for patients with thin corneas. Also, there is no risk of flap-related complications.
During Your Consultation
During the appointment, your optometrist will perform a series of tests to determine if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery. Several factors are considered and assessed, including your pupil size, the thickness of your corneas, and your current prescription.
If we determine that refractive surgery is a good choice for you, we will discuss the benefits of the procedure with you, and let you know what results you can expect. We will also go over the potential risks and complications that could arise and address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, we will help you select an appropriate surgeon and participate in your pre and post-operative care to ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible.
After Your Surgery
Following your surgery, we will schedule several optometric follow up appointments with you. These appointments are important because they allow us to monitor your recovery closely and address any additional questions or concerns that may arise during the healing process.