Laser vision correction is one of the most exciting technological advancements in recent eye care history. Since the early 1990’s, the procedure has evolved dramatically. Generally, there are two ways to utilize the laser for refractive correction - LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). The LASIK procedure is generally preferable to PRK, because it requires less time for the patient's recovery, and the patient feels less discomfort overall. However, there are instances where a PRK procedure is safer and a better alternative to LASIK.
To determine whether you are a good candidate, Dr. Slivka will advise you on the short and long-term benefits, as well as the risks involved with either procedure. Laser vision correction has limits at both the hyperopic (far-sighted), myopic (near-sighted), and astigmatic ranges. If you have been informed of being a non-candidate, there may still be new procedures to consider.
Laser surgery is not for everyone, but is worthy of consideration and has improved the quality of life for many. A thorough pre-laser surgery consultation is essential.