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Carolinas Centers For Sight, P.C.
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November 05, 2017

From LASIK to PRK, there are several types of eye surgery available today to correct less than perfect vision. While each one has the same goal of improved eyesight, every eye surgery procedure is unique. To help you understand which type of eye surgery is right for you, here’s an overview of some of the most popular types of eye surgery offered at Carolinas Centers for Sight in Florence.

Standard LASIK

LASIK, Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is an FDA-approved refractive eye surgery that corrects nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism by permanently changing the shape of the cornea. LASIK surgery is one of the most popular vision correction procedures. It is designed to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses.

Custom LASIK

Custom, wavefront LASIK provides a more personalized vision correction than regular LASIK. Wavefront technology captures unique imperfections in each patient’s vision. This custom technology produces a detailed map of the eye much like a fingerprint; no two are alike. This information is then transferred to the laser providing advanced precision and accuracy.

PRK

PRK, photo refractive keratectomy, is a refractive eye surgery that is similar to LASIK. Both procedures are performed using an excimer laser and are used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. PRK, however, does not involve creation of a corneal flap. Instead, your surgeon will gently remove the surface corneal cells (epithelium) and proceed with the laser aspect of the procedure.

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are very common and affect over half of all adults over age 60. Cataract removal surgery is very safe and successful. There are three different approaches to cataract surgery: phacoemulsification, extracapsular cataract surgery and intracapsular cataract surgery. Other eye surgery types include:

  • Radial keratotomy (RK)
  • Astigmatic keratotomy (AK)
  • Automated lamellar keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK)
  • Conductive keratoplasty (CK)
  • Intracorneal ring (Intacs)

To determine the eye surgery type that may be suitable for your needs, contact Carolinas Centers for Sight at 800-868-9393 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

This post was updated on:
October 10, 2018

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