Refractive surgery describes any type of eye surgery done to correct vision problems. The surgeon will work on the cornea or lens of the patient’s eye. LASIK is arguably the best-known example of refractive eye surgery. The different types of refractive eye surgery are all outpatient procedures.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a common type of refractive eye surgery in Jacksonville in which the surgeon uses a laser to reshape the patient’s cornea in order to correct problems like far-sightedness or near-sightedness. LASIK has two steps: The surgeon will cut a flap at the surface, and then they will reshape the cornea.
The procedure takes around ten minutes for each eye. While most people see significant improvements in their vision within the first week after surgery, it will take around six months for their vision to stabilize.
What Is IntraLase?
IntraLase is the bladeless form of LASIK. The surgeon will use lasers during both steps. In conventional LASIK, by contrast, the surgeon uses a bladed instrument called a microkeratome to cut the flap in the first step.
What is PRK?
PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, and it is another procedure done to reshape the cornea. It differs from LASIK in that the surgeon will use a computer-guided laser to remove the epithelial or topmost layer of the cornea instead of making a flap. The patient will wear a contact lens for a few days while the epithelial layer grows back.
Contact Maida CustomVision at Florida Eye Specialists or visit maidalaser.com to learn more about refractive eye surgery in Jacksonville.