Laser Vision Correction

What is Laser Vision Correction?

Laser vision correction is the name for the set of eye procedures that uses a laser to reshape your cornea in order to create clearer vision. There are three major laser vision correction treatments available in the U.S. today:

PRK: Photorefractive keratectomy
LASIK: Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis
SMILE: Small incision lenticule extraction.

Photorefractive keratectomy
In this procedure, the thin outer layer of the cornea is first gently removed. Then an advanced excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying cornea area. The result is a cornea that more accurately focuses light on the retina. A bandage contact lens is placed over the eye until the epithelium grows back.

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis
In this procedure a precise flap is created on the surface of the cornea. Then an advanced excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying cornea area. The result is a cornea that more accurately focuses light on the retina.
Today, doctors can create the LASIK flap in two ways. The first is using a handheld surgical device called a microkeratome. The second is using a fast and highly precise laser called a femtosecond laser. At Griffin Eye Center we use the latest technology of the Femtosecond laser.

Small incision lenticule extraction
SMILE is the latest in laser vision correction for myopia (nearsightedness), providing LASIK-like visual outcomes in a minimally invasive procedure. In this procedure, a laser is used to create a thin, contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening through which that layer is removed, correcting your vision. Griffin Eye Center is the first eye center in South Carolina to offer this laser vision correction procedure.

Leading ophthalmologist, Dr. Neil B. Griffin has been helping patients experience freedom from glasses and contacts for over 15 years and his practice offers the latest advancements and technology in laser vision correction. Dr. Griffin specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK and corneal diseases. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and fellowship trained in cornea and external eye disease.

For more information on Laser Vision Correction or to schedule a free screening for LVC visit GRIFFINEYECENTER.COM or call 843-449-6414.

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