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Some patients may hesitate when it comes to surgery because they are unsure about the procedures or don’t know if their prescription makes them a candidate.
LASIK can help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but there are other options you can consider for your surgery. We would love to consult you on the best match for you and your eyes. Should you choose surgery, our team will be there to help you co-manage the process.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
LASIK is one of the most commonly performed surgeries worldwide for refractive errors. This surgery has proven to be a safe and effective method, with approximately 90% of patients achieving 20/20 or 20/40 vision.
Prior to the surgery, your eyes will be numbed with drops so you can remain comfortable through the process. Your surgeon will then make a thin flap in the corneal tissue. The flap is lifted and folded back, and your cornea is reshaped using a pre-programmed laser. After the procedure is complete, the ophthalmologist will fold the flap back into position, where it will heal on its own.
PRK is another common laser eye procedure used to correct refractive errors, like myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Like LASIK, PRK is genuinely safe and effective, with 90% of patients experiencing 20/40 vision or better after the procedure. However, PRK may be more suitable for those with dry eyes or thin corneas.
PRK takes roughly 15 minutes to complete. After numbing your eyes, your surgeon removes the outer layer of your cornea using a special brush, blade, laser or alcohol solution. Using a computerized laser programmed to your specific prescription, your cornea is reshaped by removing tiny amounts of corneal tissue.
After the surgery, your surgeon will place a bandage contact lens on your eye to help it heal, and you should take the rest of the day to relax. You should notice an improvement in your vision within 3–5 days. However, it may take several months to achieve your ideal vision.
Some Side Effects
LASIK surgery can cause a temporary decrease in tear production, and your eyes may feel dry during the healing process. Our doctors may prescribe eye drops to help with this condition. You may need medication to help control your discomfort and aid in healing for both LASIK and PRK.
Some patients may have difficulties with their night vision after PRK or LASIK. This can last from a few days to a few weeks. You may experience sensitivity to light and glare or halos around lights. It can take about 2–3 months for your eyes to heal and your vision to clear. Richmond Vision Care will co-manage the healing process, and you will attend regular post-operative care appointments with our team.
Book Your Consultation Today
It’s nice to have options, and there are so many available when it comes to laser eye surgery! If you have been considering a permanent solution for your refractive errors and are looking to learn more about the opportunities, risks, and benefits of laser eye surgery, contact our team of experts for a consultation. We are here to help!
Eye Care Appointments in San Francisco
Hours of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed