Laser Vision Correction refers to elective surgeries that can correct refractive problems. These problems include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Millions of people in the U.S. have chosen to have these life-changing procedures. Imagine enjoying your favorite sports and activities without glasses or contacts.
LASIK, also known as “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” is the most common type of refractive surgery. It uses laser technology to reshape the cornea and enable light rays to be focused in a crisp image. Laser vision correction surgery was introduced nearly two decades ago. There have been major advancements in the technology since. These changes have resulted in enhanced safety and visual outcomes.
Having LASIK is a big decision, and everyone wants to find the best surgeon for their eyes. Our refractive surgeons have the best training, experience, and expertise in laser eye surgery. Because of this, patients at See Clearly Vision have confidence in the safety and quality of the procedure. In fact, our Corneal Specialist Dr. Rajesh Rajpal was a pioneer in the field. He served as a Principal Investigator for the FDA clinical trials for LASIK. These trials demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Laser Vision Correction treatment.
What Are the Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery?
- Clear, natural vision
- Eliminating or reducing dependency on glasses or contacts
- No more glasses or contacts getting in the way of enjoying sports and outdoor activities
- Better vision for night driving
- Improved appearance
- Eliminating the significant ongoing costs of glasses and contacts
- Convenience while traveling
How Much Does LASIK Cost?
To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery, you will need a complete eye examination with one of our See Clearly refractive surgeons. There are different types of eye vision correction procedures depending on the condition of your eyes.
The costs of these procedures may vary. Our doctors will explain which procedure is best for you. If you are interested in LASIK eye surgery but are concerned about the cost, remember that LASIK is permanent. With LASIK, most people can get rid of their dependence on glasses and contacts. LASIK sounds expensive because it is one “lump sum” charge. If you add up costs for eye exams, glasses, contacts, and contact solution over ten years, you will see that LASIK is an investment that will save you money!
SeeClearly Vision is pleased to offer financing options for refractive procedures, including LASIK, LASEK, and PRK. We offer a 6-month same as cash plan or longer term financing with minimal interest. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, or check. Please call our office for interest rates, details, and application information.
Although LASIK is an amazing, life-changing procedure, it is not right for everyone. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, is another type of refractive surgery you may be a candidate for. This procedure was actually developed before LASIK. It is still frequently performed and offers some advantages over LASIK to certain patients.
What Are the Advantages of PRK Over LASIK?
There are some distinct benefits to PRK. It is usually the best treatment for patients with thin corneas. Also, there is no risk of complications from creating a corneal flap. PRK does not involve creating any sort of flap during the procedure. Instead, the epithelium, which is the thin outer layer of the cornea, is gently removed. A contact lens bandage is inserted and the epithelium grows back in 3 to 4 days.
How is PRK Different From LASIK?
During LASIK, the laser treatment is “between the layers” of the cornea. This means LASIK requires more corneal tissue. With surface ablation such as PRK, the treatment happens on the surface of the cornea. The main difference between LASIK and PRK occurs at the beginning of the procedure.
With PRK, no corneal flap is created. Instead, the thin outer layer of the cornea known as the epithelium is gently removed.. This happens before reshaping the cornea with the excimer laser. Reshaping of the cornea allows for light rays to be focused in a crisp image on the retina. The epithelium grows back in a few days after surgery. The second part of the surgery with the excimer laser is essentially the same for LASIK and PRK.
The final results of PRK are comparable to LASIK. The only other difference is that recovery from PRK may take several days, and the healing process is a little slower. Patients can be more uncomfortable until the epithelium grows back. The eyes may feel scratchy and irritated. Vision improvement with LASIK is usually faster, whereas PRK can take a few weeks.
For patients with extreme nearsightedness who are not LASIK candidates, the EVO ICL can be a very effective alternative. The EVO ICL is a soft gel-like lens. It's placed inside the eye, in front of the eye's natural lens. The EVO ICL is sometimes called a “phakic implantable contact lens”. This is because it resembles how prescription contact lenses function. But it is smaller, and intended to be permanently placed. Unlike regular contacts, EVO ICLs do not need cleaning or maintenance. Click here to learn more about EVO ICL.
Wondering if laser vision correction is right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation at See Clearly Vision in Tysons Corner, VA, or Arlington, VA to find out now!