Laser vision correction refers to a group of minimally invasive procedures. Procedures that reshape the cornea with laser energy to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It can leave patients with 20/20 vision or better after treatment. These procedures are customized to provide the best possible results for each individual patient. Therefore, allowing your eye doctor to correct the very specific refractive errors that obscure your vision.
Laser vision correction procedures help patients eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. These are a costly and bothersome hassle that millions of people deal with everyday. By reshaping the cornea, these procedures change the way that the eye focuses light and allowing you to enjoy clear vision.
There are several different laser vision correction procedures available to help patients achieve clear vision without glasses or contacts. Please call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our eye doctors to figure out which procedure is best for you.
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Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts
A Flexible Spending Accunt (FSA) is a tool set up by the federal government that allows people to set aside money for medical expenses without paying income tax on it. For a procedure like Laser vision correction that may cost a few thousand dollars. Although, the benefits of an FSA can mean hundreds of dollars in savings. Please check with your personal insurance benefits administrator to see if you have this option available and how you can utilize it.
Laser Vision Correction: Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) uses an excimer laser to burn away a small amount (about 5 to 30 percent) of the top of the cornea. Instead of cutting a flap into the cornea with a blade, this method preserves the strength of the cornea. This method avoids the risk of perforation and other flap errors commonly associated with the blade method. During the PRK procedure, the surgeon also has greater control in the location and amount of tissue being removed. This will allow patients to enjoy a much more accurate treatment.
The PRK method involves gently sculpting the cornea rather than cutting. Doing this allows your surgeon to treat greater degrees of nearsightedness, as well as farsightedness and astigmatism. As a result, up to 95 percent of patients with a correction of up to -6.00 diopters achieved vision of 20/40 or better after PRK, with up to 70 percent achieving 20/20.
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) is a nonsurgical treatment that reshapes the cornea while you sleep for a temporary correction of myopia and astigmatism. During the CRT treatment process, patients wear specially-designed contact lenses while asleep. The special lenses reshape the cornea overnight and are removed upon waking. Patients can then go through the day with no need for glasses or contact lenses.
CRT is most effective for patients with low to moderate nearsightedness (up to -6.00 diopters) with or without astigmatism (up to 1.75 diopters). There are no bifocal prescriptions currently available for CRT, but some patients may be fitted for monovision correction in order to achieve a full range of clear vision. Patients with an eye infection, disease, injury or abnormality should not wear CRT lenses.
Once CRT treatment begins, patients may experience rapid improvement during the first few days. Full vision correction should be achieved after 10 to 14 days. Before full vision correction is achieved, patients may need to wear the CRT lenses or temporary soft lenses in another prescription during the day. Furthermore, if the contact lenses are not worn regularly during sleep, vision will return to its original state in as little as 72 hours.