Laser assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is an excimer laser procedure that creates a very thin flap of superficial corneal tissue. This flap of tissue is lifted, and the cornea is gently remolded using the laser and the flap then is laid back down and it heals overnight without stitches. Vision is usually much improved the morning after the procedure and most people can resume driving, return to normal work, and exercise the next day. There can be mild dryness and some halo and glare at night (ex. Traffic lights) for the first few weeks, but this starts to dissipate after a few weeks and is not bothersome past 6 weeks in majority of patients. If you are ready to book your free LASIK consultation, call us today!
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Other types of refractive procedures
Photorefractive Keratometry (PRK) is an excimer laser procedure exactly like LASIK that remolds the cornea using the same advanced excimer laser as used in LASIK but without creating a flap of tissue in the cornea. This is a true “flapless” procedure and greatly reduces any of the rare issues that may be associated with creating a corneal flap of tissue. Unlike LASIK, vision after PRK will be blurry for the first weeks and improve weekly for the first month. Achievement of desired vision may take up to 3 months following the procedure. Usually vision after PRK at the 3 month mark is as good as LASIK. PRK is often chosen over LASIK due to patient choice, lack of LASIK candidacy or due to military requirements. Both LASIK and PRK have excellent safety profiles. Since requirement of each patient is unique, Dr. Josephson will consult with patients on individual basis on these options.
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