LASIK: Surgical Vision Correction
LASIK, Laser in Situ Keratomileusis, is a form of refractive surgery that is an alternative means for vision correction that may reduce or completely negate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Simply put, LASIK creates a corneal flap and reshapes the cornea with a laser.
However, this procedure is highly dependent on a patient’s individual Prescription and their Corneal Thickness (the area available to make changes).
Other surgical alternatives that are also available are:
- PRK, photorefractive keratectomy, which involves the mechanical or alcohol removal of the epithelium and then uses a laser to reshape the corneal stroma
- Phakic IOL implantation is a new option, which involves implanting a lens behind the cornea but in front of the iris, and for many of those who are too highly nearsighted for LASIK this will improve their chances of becoming candidates for refractive surgery.
If you are interested in refractive surgery, please let us know. Refractive surgery is not to be taken lightly. Detailed testing is necessary to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the surgery. If testing shows you to be a good candidate, we can help you choose the refractive surgeon who is most appropriate for your case and we can also provide the post-operative care for you as well.
CRT: Nonsurgical Vision Correction
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is the newest advancement in refractive therapy options. CRT allows you to see clearly during the day without glasses or contact lenses. Specially designed therapeutic lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye while you sleep.
Imagine great vision all day without contacts, glasses or surgery. No more problems from dust, allergies, or dryness. CRT has also been shown to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children and teenagers.
Previously, if you were nearsighted and wanted to see clearly during the day, your options were glasses, contacts, or laser surgery. CRT offers a new non-surgical solution. No more worry about broken frames or torn contact lenses. Additionally, while LASIK has been approved only for those over 18 years of age, CRT is ideal for our younger patients who are active in sports and do not like the hassle of glasses or contacts.
For more information on Corneal Refractive Therapy, call today to schedule your FREE CRT consultation or visit Paragon.