LASIK or PRK

LASIK vs PRK, which one is for you?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both procedures. It is important to note that both procedures are very effective at correcting a person's vision. Many factors come into play when determining which procedure to is right for you. A person's job, your corneal anatomy in relation to your prescription, your overall health, etc. are just a few factors when determing the best route for your vision correction. We currently do about 60% LASIK and 40% PRK. PRK has been gaining ground over the last few years because more people are becoming educated to the benefits PRK provides. We will go more in depth in the paragraphs below, but if you want to learn more the easy way just schedule a free consultation.

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Why LASIK is better than glasses or contact.

CUSTOM LASIK

Our Custom LASIK starts with the most advanced excimer laser available in the U.S., the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser. The only excimer laser to operate at 500 Hz, making the treatments faster than any other laser in the U.S. With a powerful 1050 Hz-type multi-dimensional eye tracker, synchronized at 500 Hz, the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser offers safety and exceptional precision that produce exceptional results. The excimer laser and surgeon skill go hand in hand when providing an optimal outcome. It is very important to have both. Many people make the mistake of shopping for LASIK based on price. Price shouldn't be the lone determinent factor. Your vision outcome is something you will live with for the rest of your life.

Our Custom LASIK Procedure

Custom LASIK uses many different pieces of testing equipment along with the doctor's findings to determine if one is even eligible for the procedure. Certain physial attributes or auto immune disieases may disqualiify you from having LASIK or PRK. That's why it is very important to go through a comprehensive eye exam prior to LASIK. During these tests is when you will find out what procedure is best for you. Some people may have higher order aberrations which are irregularities in the cornea that may cause bad night time vision or glaring from head lights. In this case, a treatment called CONTURA that addresses these issues may be recommended. All information must be gathered before Dr. Patel can make a surgical plan tailored to you.

On the day of the procedure, you will sign the consent form and meet with Dr. Patel who will explain exactly what he is going to do. This is your time to ask any questions if you're not sure of anything. Dr. Patel will then lead you to our O.R. where our staff will help you to get situated. One eye will be covered and you will be laying down on the laser bed. You will feel the bed slowly moving under the laser. At this point you will look directly above you at a green blinking light. This is your focal point. You will hear Dr. Patel walking you through this step by step. You may feel slight pressure, but shouldn't feel any pain. Your vision will go dark while the flap is being made. After about 10 seconds, your vision comes right back. Things will be fuzzier than before. This is when it is important to focus straight ahead at the green blinking light. Most of our laser treatments are under 12 seconds, so it is very quick. You will hear a buzzing sound and you may smell some odors from the gases of the laser. Dr. Patel will do a little rinse and apply your medicated drops. The same steps will happen with the other eye. Don't be alarmed if you feel slightly more during the second procedure because you senses are heightened due to the stimulus from the first eye. It's really quite fast. Most people are in and out of the O.R. in less than 10 minutes. On your way home the numbing drops usually wear off. Burning and stinging is normal for the next 4-6 hours. If you can take a quick nap, you may not experince any discomfort at all. Most patients are able to drive into their 1 day post-op appointments by themselves.

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Why LASIK is better than glasses or contact.

CUSTOM PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy)

Our Custom PRK uses the same technology used with LASIK. The difference between LASIK and PRKis how we deal with the epithelial layer. With LASIK a flap is made and PRK there is NO flap. The structure of the cornea keep its integrity. PRK is viewed as the safest most accurate laser vision correction procedure. That is why government agencies such as the Armed Forces, NASA, Secret Service and others, recommend PRK over LASIK. The benefits and the saftey aspects of PRK are greater than that of LASIK. The downside of PRK is the healing time. Instead of seeing well the next day and being ablt to drive (as with LASIK), most PRK patients need 4-5 days before they are seeing well enough to drive.

Our Custom PRK Procedure

Custom PRK uses many different pieces of testing equipment along with the doctor's findings to determine if one is even eligible for the procedure. Certain physial attributes or auto immune disieases may disqualiify you from having LASIK or PRK. That's why it is very important to go through a comprehensive eye exam prior to PRK. During these tests is when you will find out what procedure is best for you. Some people may have higher order aberrations which are irregularities in the cornea that may cause bad night time vision or glaring from head lights. In this case, a treatment called CONTURA that addresses these issues may be recommended. All information must be gathered before Dr. Patel can make a surgical plan tailored to you.

On the day of the procedure, you will sign the consent form and meet with Dr. Patel who will explain exactly what he is going to do. This is your time to ask any questions if you're not sure of anything. Dr. Patel will then lead you to our O.R. where our staff will help you to get situated. One eye will be covered and you will be laying down on the laser bed. You will feel the bed slowly moving under the laser. At this point you will look directly above you at a green blinking light. This is your focal point. You will hear Dr. Patel walking you through this step by step. You may feel slight pressure, but shouldn't feel any pain. Dr. Patel will place an instrument on the eye and fill it with an alcohol solution for 30 seconds. During this time it is important to hold still even if you lose track of the light because you may not see it. The solution will be soaked up with a small sponge and some cold water will rinse the eye. Things may get a little fuzzier and it is time for the laser. It is important to focus straight ahead at the green blinking light. Most of our laser treatments are under 12 seconds, so it is very quick. You will hear a buzzing sound and you may smell some odors from the gases of the laser. More cold water will be applied to help deal with the discomfort later that day. Then a contact with no prescription will be placed on the eye that will remain in for the next 4-5 days while the epithelial cells regenerate. Dr. Patel will then apply your medicated drops. The same steps will happen with the other eye. Don't be alarmed if you feel slightly more during the second procedure because you senses are heightened due to the stimulus from the first eye. It's really quite fast. Most people are in and out of the O.R. in less than 10 minutes. On your way home the numbing drops usually wear off. Burning and stinging is normal for the next 24-72 hours. You can sleep as much as you like as this will help the healing process. You will need a driver to drive you to your1 day post-op appointment.