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Newark’s Top Refractive Surgery Options

Eye Care of Delaware is an established provider of refractive eye surgery in Newark and the surrounding areas. With a long history of delivering first-rate vision correction solutions, Dr. Boyd has helped patients from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond. For the many people looking for an alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses, advanced refractive surgery is a safe, proven solution to commonplace refractive errors.
Types of refractive surgery in Newark

What Is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive surgery refers to any surgical procedure used to reduce or eliminate the dependence on glasses and contact lenses. While laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) may be the most recognizable, refractive surgery refers to a variety of procedures used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Which procedure is best suited for you depends on a number of things, including the anatomy of your eye, your lifestyle, plus your visual goals.

Types of Refractive Surgery We Offer

Eye Care of Delaware offers several refractive and laser vision correction options, ensuring patients receive a personalized vision correction procedure.

Effectiveness of Refractive Surgery

The decision to have refractive surgery is an important one that, ultimately, only you can make. Our team will answer all of your questions and explain your options, allowing you to make an informed decision.


It is important to understand that the goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. Refractive surgery does not always result in 20/20 vision, nor does it correct reading vision (known as presbyopia).


People looking for perfect vision without glasses or contacts run the risk of being disappointed. Setting realistic expectations will help you achieve your visual goal of 20/happy!

Assessing If You Are a Candidate for Refractive Surgery

We offer a complimentary screening with our refractive team to explore your candidacy options. You will be asked to discontinue wearing soft contact lenses for 3 weeks before the consult (5 – 6 weeks for rigid/gas-permeable contacts). We know this can be an annoyance, but it’s very important as it can ultimately affect the results of your surgery. If you are a candidate, we will schedule you for a consultation with our providers.


During your consultation, several measurements will be taken of your eyes to develop a customized treatment plan. It is critical that these measurements are as precise as possible. Contact lenses temporarily change the shape of your cornea. Leaving them out will help ensure the accuracy of these measurements by giving your corneas time to return to their natural shape.

Refractive Surgery Can Correct These Vision Issues

When discussing vision, it helps to examine models or images. The following illustrations will help demonstrate the vision issues that refractive surgery works to correct. To see just where the incoming light will focus depending on the shape of your eye, look at the “focal point” on the right side of each image.

Anatomy and Terminology – Refractive Errors

Normal Vision

Clear vision is the result of light entering through the cornea (clear outer window of the eye), passing through the lens (behind the iris), and focusing directly on the retina, at the back of the eye.


Myopia or Nearsightedness

Occurs when the cornea is too steep, or the eye is too long. This causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Nearsighted people usually see well up close, but have blurry distance vision.

Myopia or nearsightedness

Hyperopia or Farsightedness

Occurs when the cornea is too flat, or the eye is too short. This causes light to focus at a point behind the retina, resulting in blurry near vision, and sometimes blurry distance vision as well.

hyperopia or farsightedness


Occurs when the cornea isn’t perfectly spherical in shape, but curved more in one direction than the other, like a football. This causes light to focus at multiple points, blurring vision at all distances. Astigmatism often occurs in conjunction with nearsightedness and farsightedness.



Occurs when the natural lens inside the eye becomes more rigid with age, usually sometime around age 40. The rigid lens is no longer able to adjust from distance to near and people develop the need for reading glasses.


Refractive Error Correction Starts With a Professional Diagnosis

According to National Eye Institute data, more than 150 million Americans experience a refractive error that negatively impacts their vision. But with a professional eye exam diagnosis and personalized treatment plan, individuals can maintain good visual function through safe and dependable surgical procedures.

Common Questions About Refractive Surgery

Some of the common symptoms of refractive errors include eye strain, problems focusing, headaches, squinting, double vision and difficulties seeing objects close up or far away. If you are interested in refractive surgery, contact us for a free screening.

While every type of surgery has a minor degree of risk, refractive surgeries are safe and have low complication rates. Your doctor will discuss the appropriate procedure after thoroughly evaluating your refractive errors.

LASIK is a popular and well-known type of refractive surgery. However, LASIK is not the only surgical procedure available. Viable alternatives to LASIK  include photorefractive keratectomy, implantable collamer lenses and refractive lens exchange (RLE).

Contact Us for Refractive Surgery Solutions in Newark, DE

Eye Care of Delaware is a long-established provider of refractive eye surgery in Newark. We deliver world-class vision correction to our patients in Delaware and the surrounding states. For a consultation, call (302) 454-8800 or request an appointment today.

Eye Care of Delaware Treatments & Surgeries

Our Delaware cataract and laser surgery center is home to many advanced eye surgery procedures and treatments. We offer solutions for these most common eye disorders.

Eye that has a cataract because it hasn't had cataract removal surgery


Cataract surgery can correct a cloudy, natural lens, while also correcting one’s vision with an IOL replacement.

Eye that has damage to the cornea and needs treatment


Resolve corneal infections with effective treatments ranging from dry eye to ocular surface disease.

Cloudy eye ball because it hasn't been treated for Glaucoma


Accurate glaucoma testing and treatment is essential to reduce the risk of vision loss as you age.

Eye on a person's face after refractive surgery


Refractive lens exchange will correct farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism.

Eyelid getting marketing for eyelid surgery


Reshape and remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyelids with eyelid surgery.

Eye that needs a retinal treatment


Retinal treatments stop gradual vision loss from macular degeneration, retinal tears or detachment.