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Types of Eye Surgery: Which Type of Laser Eye Surgery is Right for You?
April 5, 2017
From LASIK to PRK, there are many different types of eye surgery available today to correct vision. While each one results in crystal-clear eyesight, every laser eye surgery procedure is different. To help you understand which type of laser eye surgery is right for you, here’s an overview of some of the most popular types of eye surgery offered at Kremer Eye Center in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
iLASIK – Innovative Laser Eye Surgery
iLASIK is an innovative laser eye surgery exclusive to Kremer Eye Center. Like most LASIK surgeries, iLASIK involves reshaping the cornea to the appropriate curvature needed to achieve clear vision. However, iLASIK offers a more personalized solution. Using advanced tools and technologies, iLASIK can cater to your specific vision correction needs in order to get the best results.
An iLASIK procedure at Kremer Eye Center starts with the iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System. In a three-second scan, this FDA-approved system can capture more than 1,200 data points in each eye. It shows how each eye processes light, and it can measure and detect more imperfections than conventional LASIK technologies.
Once the scan is completed, the surgeon will use the iFS advanced bladeless laser to create a micro-thin LASIK flap in the cornea. After the LASIK flap is created, a cool beam laser applies the personalized treatment based on the information gathered in the iDesign scan. This will reshape the cornea to the exact curvature needed to permanently correct your vision.
An iLASIK procedure typically only takes minutes, and most patients will experience clear vision as early as the morning after the surgery. However, only those with good eye health, who are over 18 years of age, and have experienced little to no changes in vision within the past couple of years will be qualified for iLASIK.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
If you do not qualify for iLASIK, our specialists may recommend Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK. Like LASIK, PRK uses advanced technologies to correct vision, and the procedure itself only takes a few minutes. The biggest difference between PRK and LASIK is how they are performed.
Instead of creating a flap in the eye, PRK removes the cornea’s outer layer. From there, an advanced laser reshapes to exposed portion of the cornea to correct your vision.
The best thing about PRK is that more people can qualify for it. For instance, those with chronic dry eyes or irregular astigmatism that would not qualify for LASIK are good candidates for PRK. Unfortunately, the recovery time for PRK is longer, and those who undergo the procedure may not experience improved vision as quickly as they would with LASIK.
Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lenses)
Visian ICL (Implantable Contact Lens) is a unique vision correction solution for those with high refractive errors, dry eyes, or thin corneas. Instead of lasers, this procedure uses special implantable contact lenses to enhance your eyesight. These collamer lenses are very comfortable so you will not feel them in your eyes. They also provide anti-reflectivity and UV protection.
During a Visian ICL procedure, the surgeon will create one or two small openings at the base of the cornea. After that, a gel-like substance is placed inside the eye for protection. Then, the collamer lens is inserted into the eye where it will gently unfold. From there, the surgeon will place the corners of the lens behind the iris to make them less visible. Once the lenses are properly positioned, some may notice improved eyesight almost immediately.
Visian ICL is meant to be a permanent vision correction solution, but if your prescription changes, the lenses can be removed and replaced.
Now that you know a little more about the different types of laser eye surgery, schedule a FREE LASIK consultation to discuss your options and to determine which is best for you. If you’d like to learn more about each of these procedures, contact Kremer Eye Center at 1-800-694-EYES.