Laser Eye Surgery

Doctor performing laser eye surgery
For expert eye care and surgical optical treatments in Albany, Latham, and the Clifton Park region, consider the doctors and team at Brass Eye Center for your opthamology needs. At Brass Eye Center, we are proud to offer general and medical eye treatments to our patients, but we are especially proud to provide LASIK eye surgery and PRK laser eye surgery with state-of-the-art equipment to deliver crystal-clear vision.

If you’re tired of wearing glasses or contacts and would like to permanently correct your vision issues, it might be time to learn about your laser eye surgery options. Learn more about our treatments below!

About LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK eye surgery is a type of refractive laser eye surgery for the correction of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The procedure utilizes a laser to reshape the cornea permanently, which means the vision corrections will also be permanent! That means no or less dependency of your glasses or contact lenses.

There are millions of patients around the world experiencing the amazing benefits and enjoying their new, healthy vision. But, before you make the decision to invest in LASIK eye surgery, we understand you might have a few questions, and we’re happy to answer these common questions below!

LASIK Eye Surgery FAQ

Do I Qualify for LASIK?

Generally, there are a few necessary qualifications to be a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. These qualifications include:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Have healthy eyes
  • Have stable eye prescription for the last 12 months

Of course, you should schedule and appointment and speak with our eye doctors in-person to determine if you qualify.

Will I have 20/20 Vision After My LASIK Procedure?

Many patients achieve 20/20 vision after their LASIK eye surgery, but this outcome is not guaranteed. However, we are happy to say that the vast majority of our LASIK patients experience a permanent improvement in vision and enjoy driving, playing sports, and watching TV without their glasses or contacts! 

Is LASIK Eye Surgery Painful?

Many patients are surprised when they do not feel any pain during their LASIK eye surgery. Our team makes sure your experience is as painless as possible with the use of anesthetic drops which fully numb the eyes before the surgery and optional sedative drops which help patients relax. If anything, you may sense a faint pressure around your eye during the procedure.

Most patients report feeling irritation after the surgery rather than before. This experience is reported as mildly uncomfortable and usually lasts only a few hours. We recommend taking a short nap after your procedure as this will ease any discomfort for the most part.

What are the Risks of LASIK?

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

About Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) Laser Eye Surgery

Similar to LASIK, PRK laser eye surgery is another laser vision correction surgery using a laser to reshape the cornea. And just like LASIK, PRK uses a laser to remove material from the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But, unlike LASIK, PRK completely removes the outer layer of the cornea, allowing the eye to heal and rebuild the layer on its own.

Learn more about PRK eye surgery below!

PRK Eye Surgery FAQ

Do I Qualify for PRK?

The same qualifications for LASIK are applied to the PRK procedure. As always, schedule a consultation appointment with us to review your unique profile and circumstances.

Will I have 20/20 Vision After My PRK Surgery?

Just like LASIK, the results vary from person to person, but almost all patients will enjoy some improvement in their vision if the eyes are not completely corrected to perfection!  Nevertheless, as you get older than 40, reading glasses will likely become necessary.

Is PRK Laser Eye Surgery Painful?

Just like LASIK eye surgery, the procedure of PRK cannot be felt by most patients thanks to the anaesthetic eye drops placed into the eye before surgery. However, the recovery time for PRK is much longer and a bit more uncomfortable as reported by most patients. Here are some aspects of the PRK recovery not involved in the LASIK recovery:

  • Contact lens bandages must be worn for five days so the new epithelials flaps can heal
  • Improvements in vision could take up to a couple of weeks
  • Driving must be postponed for one to two weeks after surgery

What are the Risks of PRK Surgery?

Like LASIK, it is unlikely to run into complications during or after the procedure. However, because PRK involves the complete removal of the outer cornea, there is a higher risk of scarring or infection. With proper care and protection following PRK surgery, your eye will be healed and the surgery will be fully effective in providing you improved vision!

Contact US for Your LASIK and PRK Laser Eye Surgery Needs!

If you qualify for laser eye surgery, it is a great option to consider if you want to permanently correct your vision issues and reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts. If you’d like to learn more about our LASIK and PRK eye surgery options and are in the Albany, Latham, and Clifton Park areas, contact Brass Eye Institute at (518) 782-7827 or schedule a consultation online. We look forward to helping you achieve crystal clear vision.