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About Refractive Surgery

Refractive surgery is a vision correction procedure that works by changing the refractive properties of the eye. A refractive error in the eye may include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia, and astigmatism. There are several different types of refractive procedures that reshape the cornea to correct and/or adjust the eye's ability to focus. The specific procedure that is best for you may be based on your lifestyle and vision needs. At Nevada Eye Physicians, our refractive surgeons use advanced techniques and technology to perform successful refractive procedures to help restore the sight of their patients. To learn more about refractive surgery and the different types we offer at our practice, contact one of our nine Nevada locations to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced eye care professionals. 

Best Candidates

Ideal candidates for a refractive procedure are individuals who want to decrease their dependency on eyeglasses or contacts. They should have realistic expectations and understand that corrective eyewear may still be needed to achieve optimal vision post surgery; however, the strength of the prescription may be significantly lowered. Candidates should also be free of any eye diseases and comprehend the potential side effects of the procedure. During your consultation, your physician may discuss with you about your medical history to evaluate whether you may be a candidate for the procedure. They may also evaluate which refractive procedure would be the best option for your specific requirements. 

Types of Refractive Surgery

At Nevada Eye Physicians, we offer LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedures as forms of vision correction for refractive errors. Both procedures use laser technology as a way to alter and reshape the cornea. 

LASIK

LASIK vision correction tends to be the most popular form of refractive surgery because it tends to have a slightly quicker recovery period. During a LASIK procedure, a thin flap is made on the cornea using laser technology to expose the corneal tissue. The cornea is then reshaped with an excimer laser and the flap is placed back over the area. At Nevada Eye Physicians, we also offer wavefront-guided LASIK, which is a customizable vision correction procedure that can be completely personalized for the anatomy of your eye and the needed vision correction. 

PRK

For a PRK procedure, the thin outer layer of the cornea is removed and the corneal tissue is then reshaped using an excimer laser. The layer that was removed will repair itself and regenerate over the corneal surface. It takes a few days for the area to grow back, which is why the recovery time of a PRK procedure tends to take longer. A PRK procedure may be of benefit if the cornea is not thick enough for a LASIK procedure or if the patient has had a previous LASIK procedure. It also reduces any complications that could be caused by the corneal flap that is created during LASIK. 

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With different surgical options, a refractive procedure can help restore and correct your vision while eliminating the need for glasses or contacts. Our trained surgeons at Nevada Eye Physicians can evaluate your vision needs to identify the best course of treatment for you. Schedule a consultation at one of our locations today to learn more about gaining clearer vision with refractive surgery. 

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