Refractive Surgery / LASIK
Refractive surgery refers to elective procedures performed with the goal of making patients more independent of glasses. At Simon Eye Associates, we offer many forms of refractive surgery. We use the most advanced technology and spend time with our patients to help them decide which procedure is best for them.
LASIK improves vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Vision improves within minutes, and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better after treatment.The most commonly performed elective surgery in America, LASIK combines the advantages of two sophisticated technologies: the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefits of lamellar keratoplasty. It is safe, precise and highly successful. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people worldwide have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures. These include little or no post-operative discomfort, immediate vision improvement, and the ability to drive or return to work quickly-sometimes as soon as the next day. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over 45 often need reading glasses). We the most modern bladeless LASIK with the use a Femtosecond laser to cut flaps. This form of LASIK has been proven to be the safest form of this procedure.
PRK, or Advanced Surface Ablation uses the same excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Since this procedure does not require a flap, it is safer than LASIK. It does however, have a longer period of recovery.
Phakic Intraocular Lens implants are implants that are placed inside the eye. It is an excellent procedure for patients with thin corneas or very high degrees of myopia. We offer the Visian ICL to ideal candidates.
We also offer Clear Lens Exchange or Refractive Lens Exchange. In this procedure, the lens inside the eye is replaced with an implant. It is essentially cataract surgery before you develop a cataract.
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