Laser Eye Surgery?
Yes, if you are a candidate for the surgery, it can correct your vision to 20/20. It is important to know that there are many different types of corrective laser eye surgeries, but the most commonly known one is LASIK surgery.
Others include PRK, LASEK, IntraLASIK (“bladeless”), EpiLASIK and a few others.
All of these options also have the ability to achieve 20/20 vision if you are a candidate for the surgeries. Despite the different names, the objective of each of these surgeries is the same: to change the shape of the clear front part of the eye (the cornea). After removing the very thin outer layer of the cornea, a laser is used to remove tissue from the cornea. The higher your prescription, the more tissue that has to be removed. Because of this, highly nearsighted
People are not often candidates because only so much tissue can be removed. I should also mention that at this point in time, laser surgeries are not very successful at correcting farsighted prescriptions. These surgeries are aimed mostly at correcting mild to moderate nearsightedness and astigmatism. As with any surgery, there are risks. Fortunately, because of advancements in technology, the risks are becoming less frequent.
Despite this, the two most common complaints of people who have surgery are: ocular dryness and seeing halos especially while driving at night.
If you are interested in corrective laser eye surgery, our doctors of optometry can determine if you are a potential candidate. If you are not a candidate, be sure to ask about other non-laser procedures that may be done to correct any prescription including farsightedness, high nearsightedness and high astigmatism. Call us at 403-526-2020.
Written by Dr. Clark Hyde, 20/20 Vision Care