refractive SurgeryThe Refractive Surgical procedures performed involve the cornea. Keratorefractive (corneal) procedures are classified as either incisional, laser ablative or lamellar.
Dr. McAteer is an expert in the field and will advise you at the time of your initial visit if she feels you are a good candidate for refractive surgery.
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What is laser vision correction?Laser vision correction is a precise method of gently reshaping the cornea. A specially trained ophthalmologist uses a computerized excimer laser to remove a thin layer of tissue from the cornea. This reshapes the cornea to the desired correction so the eye can focus properly. What are the most advanced laser vision correction procedures called?
- Custom LASIK
- LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis)
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) or LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)
Who is considered to be a good candidate?Patients who:
- Have a stable prescription for at least one year
- Are nearsighted (myopic)
- Are farsighted (hyperopic)
- Have astigmatism
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Have good eye health
What are the results?In U.S. Clinical trials:
- 100% of treated patients had improved natural or uncorrected vision.
- 98% of treated patients could see 20/40 or better, which is good enough to pass a driving test in most states.
- 80% of treated patients could see 20/20 or better.
- Custom LASIK had even better statistical outcomes in select treatment ranges.
How safe is laser vision correction?
Can I have one eye treated at a time?
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What if I accidentally blink during the procedure?
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Will I be able to throw away my glasses or contact lenses?
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