There are a wide variety of conditions that may require laser eye surgery to correct; from cosmetic procedures to vision-correcting procedures. Each treatment includes its benefits, risks, and requirements. Today’s advancements in laser eye surgery have provided a satisfactory solution to any number of eye-related issues. It now comes down to personal choice and the recommendation of an eyecare specialist as to which procedure best suits your needs.
Common Laser Eye Surgery Procedures
The two most common corrective laser eye surgery procedures include LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Both procedures have their uses and may correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and other eye-related illnesses.
The most popular procedure, LASIK, uses a precision laser to efficiently remove tissue from the cornea and reshape the surface to change its level of focus. PRK, on the other hand, is used for individuals who may have a thin cornea. With a thin cornea, creating a flap is more challenging, and another option is required to perform corrective surgery.
Common Issues Requiring Laser Eye Surgery
The two above mentioned forms of laser eye surgery are required for any number of eye-related disease. The most common of these diseases or ailments include:
- Cataracts – Cataracts commonly affect both eyes in over half of the adults over the age of 60. The procedure itself is safe and produces outstanding results.
- Glaucoma – Surgery for glaucoma cannot reverse vision loss, but it can reduce the pressure where medication is not sufficient.
- Corrective Surgery – Corrective surgery includes solving various sight problems – nearsightedness and farsightedness.
For more information on the various laser eye surgery procedures, please contact Eye Care of Delaware by calling 302-454-8800. We can schedule a consultation visit to examine the ailments currently plaguing your vision and determine the exact procedure for your needs.