Laser Eye Surgery
Expert Eye Care in Latham, NY
At the Brass Eye Center, we're proud to provide high-quality eye treatments to patients throughout the Latham and Clifton Park, NY areas. We provide a variety of general, medical, and surgical treatments for conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and others - including LASIK and PRK laser eye surgery.
With LASIK eye surgery, beautiful, crystal clear vision has never been easier. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea to correct vision problems including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, and because LASIK makes changes to the shape of the eye, the vision corrections are permanent - making you less dependent on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK is a proven safe and effective procedure that's been performed on millions of patients, helping people across the world reclaim their natural, healthy vision.
What happens during the procedure?
First, we'll anesthetize you with topical eye drops. Your surgeon will then use a high-tech handheld laser to create a hinged corneal flap on the external surface of your eye, which will allow access to the cornea. Your surgeon will then use the laser to carefully reshape the cornea and replace the flap.
Who is eligible for LASIK surgery?
To receive LASIK surgery, the patient must be at least 18 years old, have had no changes in their eye refraction for at least a year, and fully understand the treatment process. If you want to find out if LASIK is right for you, schedule a consultation at our Latham or Clifton Park office.
Is LASIK safe?
LASIK has been proven a low-risk procedure with a success rate of 95%.
Will the procedure be painful?
LASIK is almost entirely painless, although some patients experience mild discomfort following the surgery. We can prescribe medication to control this.
How effective is LASIK?
While some patients achieve 20/20 vision with LASIK, these results aren't guaranteed. You can expect a marked, permanent improvement in your vision and a reduced dependency on eyeglasses contacts - although it can take months for your vision to fully adjust and stabilize.
Is LASIK a risky procedure?
Very few patients report complications from LASIK, but as with all medical procedures, complications can occur. These may include:
- Glare in vision
- Loss of visual clarity
- Light sensitivity
- Irregular astigmatism
- Dry eyes
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is another laser vision correction surgery that's used to reshape the cornea and correct vision problems. Similar to LASIK, PRK uses a laser to remove material from the cornea and treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism - but unlike LASIK, PRK completely removes the outer layers of the cornea, allowing the eye to heal on its own.
After completing the procedure, you'll need to wear special bandage contact lenses to help shield the cornea during the healing process. You'll likely have obstructed vision while the outer layer heals, and some patients report haziness, spots, and other vision problems lasting up to a few months after the procedure.
Thanks to advances in the technology, PRK is as effective as LASIK at the 6 month mark, although because the outer cornea is completely removed, there is a chance of complication from scarring or infection. This means you'll have to be careful to protect your eyes following the surgery. With proper care, however, PRK is an effective means for permanently restoring your vision.
Contact Your Clifton Park, NY Ophthalmologists
Laser corrective surgery is a great option for patients looking to permanently improve their vision and reduce their dependency on glasses and contacts. If you'd like to find out how laser surgery can help you see more clearly, please call us at 518-782-7827, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule a consultation online at our Latham office or new Clifton Park office.