Every person has a unique vision condition. Here at Dr. Polan Optometry, we will work with you to determine whether surgery is an appropriate course of action for your needs and concerns. We work with all of the top surgeons across the Los Angeles metropolitan area and provide all of the critical pre and post operative care to ensure a positive experience.
Laser Vision Correction
Laser vision correction can reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The two most well-recognized types of vision correction surgery are PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy) and Lasik (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis).
PRK - PRK became the first successful surgery to change the cornea's shape by removing tissue. The FDA approved PRK in 1995, and it is still widely used today. With PRK, it only takes a few days for vision improvements to be realized.
Lasik - Lasik involves cutting a thin flap in the outer covering of the eye to reshape the cornea. It only takes a few hours to gain sharper vision with Lasik surgery. There is some risk of suffering dry eye and other complications such as halos around bright lights until the flap fully heals. Lasik can be done with the aid of a mechanical cutting tool, using all lasers, or incorporating wavefront technology that measures how light hits the eye.
Other Eye Surgeries
Farsightedness can be corrected through Conductive Keratoplasty (CK). CK uses a small probe and low heat radio waves to create spots around the cornea periphery. CK steepens the cornea to give patients better near vision.
More severe levels of nearsightedness can be corrected by implanting artificial lenses. These artificial lenses are placed over the natural lens on the eye. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) takes it a step further by replacing the natural lens with an artificial lens of a different shape. RLE is done to correct extreme farsightedness.
Eye Surgery Considerations
Our eyes change as we age, so not everyone is a good candidate for corrective surgeries. Individuals under 18, for example, are not strong candidates for laser eye surgeries because their eyes are still developing.
Health also factors into eye surgeries. Certain eye surgeries may pose serious risks if you have diabetes or other medical conditions that impact eyesight.
Finally, the state of the cornea is a determining factor in these surgeries. Thinner corneas with a high degree of myopia, for example, usually require more invasive surgery to reshape the eye surface enough to improve vision.