You may have heard terms like LASIK or laser vision correction, but many people may not be aware of how much the world of eye care has changed in recent years. Thanks to proven technologies and new procedures, more types of vision problems can be corrected through more ways than ever before.
LASIK is an elective, vision correcting surgical procedure with more than 20 years of clinical data supporting its safety and efficacy. LASIK uses laser technology to reshape the cornea to reduce or eliminate the irregularities that contribute to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure is quick and virtually painless.
SMILE is a minimally invasive and relatively new option for some nearsighted patients who are over 22 years old. SMILE uses high speed laser technology to change the shape of the cornea through a very small incision to help patients see better while leaving most of the surface of the eye untouched.
PRK is a type of laser vision correction procedure that has been available in the U.S. for more than 20 years. PRK uses the same laser correction technology as LASIK to correct the surface of the cornea and may be the right option for some patients.
Cataract surgery removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial plastic lens. Today’s lens technology enables cataract patients to not only replace their clouded lens with a clear plastic lens, but also correct other vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Working with your ophthalmologist, you can customize the procedure to your personal vision needs using today’s latest technologies.
Only an eye doctor with specialized training in vision correction surgery—a refractive surgeon—can determine the recommended option for your vision needs. To start the journey, take the Eye You Quiz and tell us a little more about your lifestyle and vision concerns.