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Q: Is Vision Correction Surgery Right for You?
A: Today’s technology is amazing in its ability to correct eye conditions that once plagued millions of people. Patients suffering from myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, (irregular-shaped cornea) and presbyopia (blurred close-up vision) can now open their eyes to better vision with the newest techniques of LASIK, PRK and clear lens exchange.
PRK and LASIK are refractive surgeries that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Both techniques use lasers to reshape the cornea so that when light enters the eye, it is properly focused on the retina, resulting in clear vision. PRK surgery removes and discards the epithelium, or the outer layer of the cornea prior to the reshaping. During recovery, these layers of the cornea will regenerate. In LASIK surgery, the epithelium is not removed, and a flap is created with a laser then replaced on the eye after the surgery. Both surgeries take about 10 minutes per eye.
In a clear lens exchange, the natural lens is removed with the assistance of a laser and replaced with an artificial lens. This artificial lens can correct for both distance and near.
Talk to your surgeon about the risks and benefits of vision correction surgery. While no two people will have the exact same result experience, the goal is to have the surgery give you back your crystal clear vision. I95
Seidenberg Protzko Assoc.