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Co-Management of Refractive Surgery and LASIK

Surgical co-management

eye with laserOptometrists cannot carry out eye surgery, but our optometrists are experienced in pre-operative eye exams and post-operative eye care for corrective eye surgeries, including laser eye surgery.

The first step is to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK (laser eye surgery), PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) or Cataract Refractive Surgery. We will take the time to discuss your goals and evaluate your eyes. Then, we will advise a pre-operative analysis, which consists of:

  • Evaluating eye health history and refractive stability
  • Assessment of Refraction Status
  • Eye dominancy evaluation
  • Eye / cornea assessments
  • Counseling for refractive surgical procedures

Then the decision will be made to continue with surgery, and we can send you for a consult with an eye surgeon. Our Practice will provide post-operative management, which will include multiple visits after the surgery to evaluate the success of the outcome and to make sure you are healing properly. After surgery, you may need new glasses, sunglasses, or an enhancement laser procedure; we will guide you regarding these as well.

More about LASIK

LASIK, which stands for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis," is the most popular refractive surgery treatment today. This type of laser eye surgery has benefits over other treatments, like very fast corrective results and smooth recovery.

During LASIK surgery, the ophthalmologist will make a thin, round flap in the cornea using a microkeratome surgical blade or a laser. The flap is folded back, and an excimer laser is used to remove or “ablate” some of the underlying corneal cells.

Then the eye surgeon replaces the flap back in position over the reshaped cornea. Reshaping the cornea in this way enables it to bend the light better so that the images you look at will be focused on the retina, providing you with clearer vision.

Refractive errors - astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness – can be corrected using LASIK treatment. With myopia, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with hyperopia, a steeper cornea is needed. Astigmatism is corrected by smoothing an uneven cornea to achieve a more regular shape.

By the next day, most people already have clear vision. LASIK is relatively painless. The success rate is high. We are here for you both before and after eye surgery.

Learn more about Vision Surgery including LASIK, PRK, Corneal Transplants and more.

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