Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK/PRK)
Laser Eye Surgery in Dallas
Refractive surgery aims to correct nearsightedness (Myopia), farsightedness (Hyperopia) and astigmatism. Radial Keratotomy (RK) was the desired procedure used to correct refractive errors until the Excimer Laser was approved for use in 1995. Two procedures are performed with the use of the Excimer Laser: laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). The excimer laser reshapes the corneal surface by ablation of the stromal tissue thus correcting varying degrees of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
LASIK uses two types of lasers – an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and a femtosecond laser (IntraLase) to make a bladeless corneal flap. PRK only uses the excimer laser to treat the surface of the cornea. Both LASIK and PRK are effective in eliminating or dramatically reducing dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Wavefront or Custom LASIK and PRK uses sophisticated imaging of the cornea to achieve the highest quality of vision possible.
Intraocular lens implantation is sometimes recommended for correction of refractive errors as well. LASIK or PRK is often used to fine tune the refractive results of previous cataract surgery.
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