Laser Vision Correction (LVC) includes a number of different surgical procedures which correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LVC can reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses for many years. However, LVC is not recommended for all eyes. The doctors at Romeo Optometry provide a thorough Laser Vision Consultation, advise you on what is possible for your particular vision problem and provide the appropriate referral to a laser surgery clinic. We also provide pre and post-operative care conveniently at our clinic.
The most common Laser Vision Procedures:
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis):
The surgeon uses a laser or blade to create a flap of tissue on the surface of the cornea and folds the flap back. An excimer laser then reshapes the underlying cornea (the stroma) to the desired shape to correct your refractive error. The flap is then folded back into place to heal.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy):
The surgeon gently removes the surface cells of the cornea (the epithelium) exposing the underlying cornea (the stroma). The excimer laser reshapes the tissue to correct your refractive error. The surface cells grow back over the next few days. A bandage contact lens is worn during the healing phase to decrease the discomfort.
RLE (refractive lens exchange):
The surgeon removes your natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Your eye is measured and the power of the IOL is calculated and chosen to correct your refractive error. This is essentially cataract surgery without the cataract and is not recommended for people under 50 due to the loss accommodation (the ability to change your focus from distance to near).
The doctors at Romeo Optometry refer primarily to TLC Laser Eye Centres.