About Laser Eye Surgery
If you’re eager to drop the glasses and toss your contacts, laser eye surgery might be calling your name. But you have questions. A laser eye surgery consultation has answers.
Types of Laser Eye Surgery
Each type of laser eye surgery has pros and cons. Some eye conditions make patients poor candidates for certain types of vision correction.
In addition to assessing your candidacy, a laser eye surgery consultation helps your eye care team develop a plan. Understanding your eye care needs and lifestyle habits ensures the best possible results.
The most familiar name in the refractive surgery game is LASIK. It’s the most popular choice for refractive surgery.
Typically, it takes 10 minutes for each eye. During the procedure, an ophthalmologist creates a flap to access your cornea. Then, a laser reshapes your eye. Finally, the flap is gently folded back over your cornea.
In most cases, the quality of a patient’s vision is immediately improved. Some changes can occur during the initial few weeks as your eyes heal.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was the original laser surgery. Now the second-most common, PRK can be an alternative for patients who aren’t a good match for LASIK.
During the 20-minute procedure, an ophthalmologist removes the epithelium, an outer layer of cells on your cornea. Next, the patient concentrates on a target or light. Then, a laser reshapes your cornea.
Clear Lens Extraction
During the procedure, a laser to remove a patient’s natural lens. Then, a replacement lens is implanted.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataracts are cloudy areas that form in the lens of the eye. Laser cataract surgery removes the natural lens. Then, an artificial replacement lens is implanted to restore clear vision.
The procedure typically lasts 20 minutes and is similar to clear lens extraction.
We’re Here to Talk
There’s no such thing as too many questions. So talk to us if you want to know more about postoperative healing or what to expect in the days, months, or years to come. We’re always eager to discuss eye health.
Located between Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC, you can find us at the corner of Daniel Island Drive and Seven Farms Drive, next to Orlando’s Pizza. We have parking in front and a large lot behind our building.