What is laser vision correction?
Laser vison correction is a method of correcting the vision for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. The treatment is applied to the cornea on the surface of the eye. In people who are nearsighted or myopic, the treatment reduces the curvature of the cornea that is too steep, and this brings images in focus on the retina. In people who are farsighted or hyperopic, the treatment results in a steeper cornea to increase the eye’s focusing power. In astigmatism, the treatment smooths the cornea to make it more regular. Refractive surgery can be a good option in people who:
The most common methods of refractive surgery include LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) and surface ablation or PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). LASIK involves creating a flap, applying laser to the cornea and then replacing the flap. Surface ablation involves removing the surface layer, applying the laser to the cornea and the often placing a contact lens to help the surface heal. If you are considering refractive surgery, you and your ophthalmologist can discuss the best treatment to suit your vision needs and your lifestyle.
What are the alternatives to refractive surgery?
Alternatives to laser refractive surgery include wearing glasses or contacts, other cornea surgery to correct the vision or placing an intraocular lens to correct the vision.
The high success rate of LASIK and laser vision correction can be attributed to the advanced technology available today as well as the thorough evaluation process by which candidates are selected for the procedure.
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