Surgical Refractive Options
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.
While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. One of our doctors will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs.
Our doctors are familiar with the various methods of refractive surgeries and are able to take measurements and tests needed to identify if you may be a candidate for the procedure, and to discuss with you, in a low pressure environment, your chances of success, and the pros and cons and risks and benefits of the method. We are trained for and regularly monitor our patients through the pre and post surgical visits.
A similar procedure as LASIK is also available, utilizing the same laser technology. This method can be employed when the cornea is too thin for LASIK. The treatment is done on the corneal surface, rather then first raising a flap of tissue and treating a deeper layer of the cornea. The end result is the same, but healing time is somewhat extended, and there is a longer period of discomfort.
Clear Lens Extraction (similar to cataract surgery)
During modern cataract surgery, the contents of the crystaline lens are removed from the eye, while the capsule surrounding the lens is left in place. A lens made of a special plastic compound is placed within the capsule, and it serves to correct the optics of the eye to normal clarity, requiring only mild or no further optical correction. This same method can be used in an eye that has not yet developed a cataract as a method of vision correction. The clear lens of the eye is replaced with the artificial lens. This method is particularly useful in cases where large refractive error exist, that would be difficult to correct with other refractive surgeries. A side benefit is that the patient will not have to face having cataract surgery later in life. One drawback to the method is that reading glasses will be needed, since the surgery is generally used to treat far vision correction.
With all of these surgical methods, the target power can be set for either far or near vision. Many patients benefit from having their dominant eye set for far (driving, etc) vision, and the other set for near (reading) vision. This can alleviate the need for additional reading glasses.
KAMRA Inlay (special cornea implant to provide near vision correction)
The KAMRA inlay is a film-like miniature ring with an opening in the center. It is positioned within the cornea, the clear front part of the eye. Only one-tenth the thickness of a human hair and weighing the same as a grain of salt, the inlay is placed in the non-dominant eye, directly in front of the pupil. The other eye is left untouched. The treated eye is used for reading and near focus, but also retains good distance vision.
Click to learn about the KAMRA Inlay, Details about how it works and how it is implanted.