Lasik and Refractive Surgery Options

Lasik and PRK

Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, commonly referred to as LASIK, is a corrective alternative to glasses or contact lenses. Like glasses or contact lenses, LASIK is a method for treating refractive conditions including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. At Lifetime Eyecare Solutions, Dr. Jones provides pre- and post-operative exams for LASIK and other eye procedures. Call (918)-447-0080 today to schedule an examination to see whether you are a candidate for LASIK.

How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK or PRK eye surgery?

A thorough preoperative evaluation will determine if you are a good candidate for refractive surgery. Dr. Jones can help you determine if Lasik is appropriate for you or one of the other advanced surgical options available today. Each patient is different and lifestyle goals and demands require a careful examination and discussion of what you wish to achieve and what is realistic using the latest most advanced technology. Most patients who are mildly to moderately near-sighted and mildly farsighted with or without astigmatism qualify. Other refractive surgery options are available for patients who are ineligible for LASIK. Ask for your free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction.

How long do I have to keep my contact lenses out?

Before coming in for your laser vision consultation, you should remove contact lenses for a minimum of 2 weeks. This may require getting a pair of glasses to get you through that period. Toric soft contact lenses, that correct for astigmatism, or gas permeable lenses will need to be out longer. An initial screening can be performed prior to discontinuing contact lens wear. Dr. Jones will determine the specific length of time required to remove your contact lenses.

What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?

The LASIK procedure involves creating a flap, either with a blade or with a laser creating the flap. This flap is folded back and the cornea is reshaped beneath the flap. The flap is then put back in place where it will temporarily seal itself while it heals. The PRK procedure reshapes the cornea directly on the surface of the eye without the creation of a flap.

How long does the LASIK or PRK eye surgery procedure take?

The total time involved typically takes 5-10 minutes per eye, with the actual laser treatment time being less than 60 seconds per eye. Patients are usually in the surgery suite for no more than 15 minutes. Your total time at the facility will be on average about 2 hrs. You will need a driver to drive you home after having refractive surgery.

Is there any pain involved with LASIK and PRK eye surgery?

Almost everyone has anxiety before a surgery and especially before doing something to their eyes. We especially want to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Before the refractive surgery begins, they will instill anesthetic drops to numb the eyes. During the LASIK procedure you may feel some pressure but it isn't more than just a slight pressure. However, you should not experience any pain. After PRK, there can be slightly more discomfort, but an oral pain medication and a special contact lens will aid in your comfort. Dr. Trina Jones will also prescribe post-operative medications and lubricating drops. These are important to prevent infection and keep you as comfortable as possible as you heal.

Other refractive surgery options

Besides LASIK and PRK there are other procedures available for vision correction. Visian ICL is an implantable lens for vision correction. This lens is place directly in front of your own lens inside your eye. This works for patients that are moderately or sever nearsightedness. Kamra Inlay is a treatment to give back that intermediate and near vision for patients that may have been in bifocals previously. This works well while still maintaining your distance vision in both eyes.

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