If you're thinking about having LASIK, click here to schedule a FREE LASIK exam to see if you are a candidate. There are many refractive surgery options available today and only a careful evaluation of your eyes will determine which procedure is right for you.>>LEARN MORE
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While Blade-free LASIK is the ideal choice for many people that now wear glasses or contacts, it is not necessarily the best choice for every individual. If Dr. Shapiro determines that Blade-free LASIK is not your best option, he may want to talk to you about other choices that may be more appropriate for your needs.
PRK is approved to treat low to moderate amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by removing tissue from the surface of the cornea. If you have thin or steep corneas, Dr. Shapiro may recommend PRK for you. The outcome of PRK is similar to that of LASIK, and most people achieve 20/20 or better vision with PRK.
During PRK, Dr. Shapiro removes a microscopic outer layer of the cornea using a special medication. The Allegretto laser is then used to remove a precise amount of tissue while it reshapes the surface of the cornea. Immediately after PRK, a clear contact lens is placed on the eye while the cornea heals. Patients may experience blurry vision for a few days after PRK and a small amount of discomfort until the outer layer of the cornea heals. Dr. Shapiro will prescribe medications that reduce or eliminate discomfort, and he sees his patients frequently until the contact lens is removed. Final visual results after PRK may not be fully realized anywhere from several days to a few weeks or more as the eye heals.
All branches of the military and Federal and local law enforcement agencies used to require that PRK be performed on their members who wanted LASIK. Today, however, all members of the military, law enforcement personnel at all levels of government and firefighters can have blade-free LASIK. In fact, those organizations encourage their members to have LASIK as they feel it provides better vision than glasses or contacts.
As you get older, you gradually lose the ability to change focus from distance to near. This condition is called presbyopia. It results in a loss of flexibility of the lens inside the eye, as well as other age-related changes. This is a gradual change throughout life, but it usually is not noticeable until you are in your forties. Although this is called your "reading vision," it is the vision that you use to eat, put on makeup, and look at a watch and other near tasks.
If you are nearsighted and also presbyopic, you may use this to your advantage by removing your glasses or contact lenses to see up close. After Laser Vision Correction, the natural focus of the eye has been adjusted for distance. It is as if you are always wearing your distance glasses or contact lenses and can't take them off to read. Regardless of your previous prescription, if both eyes are corrected for distance, most people will still need reading glasses as they get older.
To decrease the need for reading glasses, the technique of creating “monovision” may be helpful. With monovision, Dr. Shapiro fully treats one eye (the dominant eye) for distance, and leaves the other eye slightly nearsighted. Your brain develops new neuropathways so that the nearsighted eye enables to you see without reading glasses.
With monovision your distance vision is not 20/20 in both eyes and your near vision is not the same in both eyes. Most people adapt to monovision, but some do not. Shapiro Eye Care recommends a trial period with contact lenses to see whether monovision would be a good option for you.
For people with high visual demands like sports or constant near work, we recommend full distance correction with reading glasses for near vision.
Topics on this page include PRK, thin cornea, steep cornea, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, monovision, laser vision correction, Dr. Mark Shapiro.