Discussing The Differences Between LASIK Procedures
Laser eye operations should be performed by a highly skilled and trained surgeon. LASIK is a form of all-laser procedure that differs from typical laser eye surgeries. Here is an insight into how LASIK differs from the other laser eye operations.
LASIK is a short form that stands for “laser in-situ keratomileusis.” It is one of the most popular laser eye procedures – during surgery, a surgeon uses a laser to make a flap in the cornea. The laser then reshapes the irregular eye surface to correct light refraction issues and blurry vision.
About 97% of patients treated with LASIK procedures have achieved the desired vision or better results. The procedure is usually painless and quick compared to other laser eye operations. Ophthalmologists recommend use of LASIK procedures in correcting:
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
Custom Wavefront Optimized LASIK
This is a state-of-the-art laser that helps to make the LASIK surgery more effective. The laser’s ablation speed operates at 500Hz. This means that it checks the position of the eye 500 times a second, making this system the most accurate and efficient device on the market for eye surgery. It also includes an innovative swivel bed that decreases time for flap creation and laser procedures.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is laser eye procedure used to treat mild cases of astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. Your ophthalmologist will first administer a clear solution to your eyes that loosens the surface cells of the cornea. Right after, your ophthalmologist will use a pulsing beam of ultraviolet light to reshape the cornea. At the end of the operation, your ophthalmologist will place protective contact lenses on your eyes to promote faster recovery.
The results from PDK are usually similar to those produced by LASIK. However, recovery takes longer. Patients who are poor candidates for LASIK may try PDK as a viable option.
Other Laser Surgeries
Laser technology may be used to treat rare eye conditions apart from astigmatism, myopia, and hyperopia. It can be used to treat illnesses such as glaucoma through Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. In addition, your ophthalmologist may employ laser cataract surgery the same way as LASIK.
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LASIK makes eye surgery easy for ophthalmologists and helps improve sight for patients with eye problems. Therefore, knowing the various LASIK procedures is essential in getting the best treatment. At Boston Vision, we encourage our patients and clients to research the current laser eye procedures and meet with our experts to determine the right treatment path for your needs. Please book a consultation with our experienced ophthalmologists or visit our website to get your questions answered.