Who is a candidate for refractive surgery?
Laser vision correction is a surgical procedure performed to improve vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Some factors may exclude some patients from being a candidate. These include the severity of one’s refractive error (i.e., how strong your glasses are), central corneal thickness and certain ocular and medical problems. Our personalized evaluation helps to identify appropriate candidates.
What are the types of laser surgery?
There are basically two types of surgery now being performed. The most common procedure is Lasik, which involves creating a “flap” on the surface of the eye and applying the laser to the tissue underneath. Surface ablation is the next most common procedure, and it involves removing the thin tissue on top of the cornea then applying the laser to the exposed area. Both procedures reshape the cornea to allow light to be focused appropriately. They are equally effective but Lasik is known to have a shorter visual recovery.
What are the risks of refractive surgery?
Laser surgery has proven to be a safe procedure, but like all eye surgeries, there are risks. These include glare and haloes, infection, inflammation and a weakening of the cornea structure. In some cases, this can result in permanent vision problems. Fortunately these conditions are not common; however, appropriate preoperative care is essential to reducing these risks. Dr. Spitzer is a fellowship-trained refractive surgeon experienced in Lasik, epi-lasik and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). He performs laser vision correction at Laserview of CNY, which offers the most up-to-date laser technology. His personalized approach optimizes safe and accurate outcomes for each patient.
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