What is Laser Vision Correction?

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.
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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 .
• Longer recovery time with some recovery discomfort
• Similar vision results as LASIK and SMILE
• Minimal surgical risks

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 are able to 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.
• Thin flap
• Short recovery time with little recovery discomfort
• Similar vision results to PRK and SMILE
• Minimal surgical risks

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.
• Minimally invasive
• Short recovery time with potentially the least recovery discomfort
• Similar vision results to LASIK and PRK
• Gentle, comfortable patient experience
• Minimized surgical and dry eye risk
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