LASIK surgery: Is it right for you?

December 8th, 2015 by Carolina Eye Associates

Tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses? Wish you could see the time on the alarm clock in the morning? You may wonder whether laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is right for you.

LASIK surgery is a type of corneal refractive eye surgery which is designed to correct vision problems and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery is most appropriate for people who have a moderate degree of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) or astigmatism which causes blurry vision. The LASIK candidate is 18 years old or older; has healthy corneas; and has not experienced a significant prescription change within the last year.

LASIK surgery can help decrease the need for glasses after cataract surgery. Patients who had cataract surgery before advanced technology lenses were made available in the U.S. or chose not to have advanced technology cataract surgery typically need glasses for many activities. To reduce the need for glasses in these patients, LASIK surgery can be performed after cataract surgery.

In addition to LASIK surgery, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is also a type of refractive surgery to correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. PRK was the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to LASIK. Though PRK recovery takes a bit longer than recovery from LASIK eye surgery, PRK is still performed and offers advantages over LASIK for some patients.

For more information call Carolina Eye Associates at (910) 295-1501 or toll-free at (800) 733-9355.

Act now and you could save $250 per eye on blade-free LASIK surgery.

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