LASIK & PRK Surgery
In eyes with normal vision, the cornea bends (refracts) light precisely onto the retina at the back of the eye. With nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) or astigmatism, the light is bent incorrectly, resulting in blurred vision. Lasik is a type of refractive surgery that shapes the cornea to correct that refractive error.
The goal of LASIK is to correct the blurred vision and improve your desired sight. This surgery will be done right here at River View Surgery Center by one of our surgeons.
River View Surgery Center follows strict guidelines to provide safe high-quality care. Our highly trained surgeons and staff put patient safety and concerns at the top of our list. Our ophthalmologist will work with you on your expectations and goals for corrected vision. Not everyone is a candidate for Lasik so our ophthalmologists and staff will review and work with you on options for the best outcomes.
We follow the American Academy of Ophthalmology in education and standards of care. We encourage you to learn more about Lasik on their website.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of refractive surgery. This kind of surgery uses a laser to treat vision problems caused by refractive errors. You have a refractive error when your eye does not refract (bend) light properly.
Should I Get PRK?
If you have dry eyes or thin corneas and want to have refractive surgery, PRK may be a good choice for you. This is because some other types of refractive surgery, such as LASIK, are not recommended if you have these conditions.
Also, if you have a very active lifestyle or job, PRK may be a better option for you than LASIK or similar procedures. This is because PRK does not involve cutting a flap in your cornea like LASIK and similar surgeries do. If you are highly active, you could accidentally dislodge a corneal flap, causing problems.
Contact Dr. Welch or Dr. Klingler to get started.