- The cornea (front of the eye) is not perfectly round, but has more of a curved shape.
- Objects may appear to have a shadow or ghosted image without glasses and/or contact lenses.
- Your distance vision and near vision are probably both affected.
- It is common to have a combination of astigmatism and nearsightedness or farsightedness.
- If you wear soft contact lenses, the prescription probably has several numbers listed for the power. Example: -4.50 -1.25 x 180 soft contact lens power. If you wear gas permeable contact lenses, you probably have astigmatism.
- Astigmatism occurs because the curved shape of the cornea (front of the eye) causes images to be bent as they pass through. This causes two focal points near the retina (but not focused on the retina), leading to distortion and ghosting.
- Refractive eye surgery will correct the focus of your eye, which should enable you to see well at both distance and near following your surgery.
- As you age, the lens inside your eye will lose its ability to focus as well at near – this usually becomes evident around the age of 40. This is when many people begin using reading glasses or bifocals. Refractive eye surgery will not prevent this age-related event, known as presbyopia, from occurring. You will eventually need reading glasses to see well at near.
Your Free Evaluation will allow us to determine which of these options are best suited for your unique visual needs. Use the links below to learn more about each procedure:
This is the newest version of LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), combining the most advanced technology:
- iDesign Scanning System This is a mapping system used to create a “fingerprint” of your eye and its individual characteristics. This data is then plugged into your laser program, creating a laser treatment customized for your eye.
- IntraLase “Blade-free” Laser This laser creates a thin flap in the outermost layer of the cornea, the epithelium. Blades are no longer used! The flap is then folded out of the way in preparation for the excimer laser.
- VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser This laser permanently sculpts the patient’s visual correction into the deeper tissue of the cornea (beneath the flap). This laser utilizes 2 types of eye tracking to ensure accuracy:
- Iris Registration
- 3-D Autotracking
PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy)
This procedure is similar to LASIK, except a corneal flap is not created. Instead, the corneal epithelium (outermost layer) is removed and the Excimer laser treatment is then applied. The epithelium slowly grows back as the eye heals, and ultimately the visual outcomes are similar to LASIK. The procedure does cause discomfort during the initial healing process, and the vision is typically slow to settle, therefore PRK is typically reserved for special circumstances. Cases in which PRK may be utilized include:
- Patients whose corneas are too thin to safely have LASIK
- Patients who have previously had refractive eye surgery
- Patients who have problems with the corneal surface
Our office offers free evaluations for this procedure and our staff will discuss refractive options with you.
Our pricing is all inclusive and includes pre operative and post operative care, all facility fees, and surgeon fees.
Ask about our cash discount.
Please call our office at (281) 464-9616 to schedule your appointment today.
Am I A Candidate?
Several factors such as age, visual demands, eye health, and general health all play a part in determining whether or not you are a proper candidate for refractive surgery. Candidates must have stable vision, be at least eighteen years old, and should not be pregnant or nursing.
Our office offers free evaluations and our staff can discuss refractive options with you.
Our pricing is all inclusive and includes pre operative and post operative care, all facility fees, and surgeon fees. Ask about our cash discount. Please call our office at (281) 464-9616 or fill out the form below to schedule your appointment today.