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Optometrists are always finding new and effective ways to help serve their patient’s needs.

If you’re looking for a permanent answer for a refractive error like myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism, laser eye surgery may provide the results you crave.

The Eye Care Center of Colorado Springs can help you find out what laser eye surgery can do for you and your eyes. All you have to do is book a consultation, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about laser eye surgery!

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Before we dive into the types of laser eye surgery available, we should take a glance at what laser eye surgery is.

Laser eye surgery, also known as refractive surgery, is a group of procedures that can help correct various refractive errors. Most procedures reshape a part of your eyes’ cornea, known as the corneal stroma, while other surgeries replace your crystalline lens with an artificial lens to correct the error.

However, not all patients may be a candidate for laser eye surgery. There are a variety of factors that could affect your ability to have the operation. Some of these complications can include corneal thickness, eye disease, or even pupil size.

Unfortunately, having laser eye surgery does not guarantee 20/20 vision. However, many patients still enjoy better vision even when they still require the use of glasses or contact lenses after the procedure.

Before The Operation

The first thing to do before booking the surgery is to consult your optometrist. Your optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye exam as well as give you a detailed account of what to expect from the procedure.

If you’re a candidate, your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist who can perform the surgery. Once you know the type of surgery you need and you pick a date for the operation, make sure you follow these steps before going in:

  • Make sure you have a couple of days booked off work or school following the surgery. Your eyes need some time to heal, and using them a lot may affect the results you’re looking for.
  • Make sure you have a reliable mode of transportation following the surgery because you won’t be able to drive for a few days.
  • Your optometrist may also recommend taking out your contact lenses a couple of days before the procedure. Some contact lenses can reshape your cornea, which can affect the overall outcome of the operation.
  • When you come in for the surgery, please make sure you’re not wearing any clothes that can attract dust or dirt. Flying particles may cause unforeseen complications during the operation.
  • We also recommend not wearing any fragrances, colognes, or perfumes that contain alcohol during the surgery. Alcohol may also affect the outcome of the procedure.

Following the Operation

Once your surgery is complete, your eye care team will guide you through the recovery process:

  • Your eye care team may provide you with a pair of protective sunglasses and eye drops to help ease any discomfort your eyes have.
  • Common side effects of laser eye surgery include dry eyes, irritation, redness, and increased sensitivity to light, but these are all normal. However, if your symptoms start to become more severe even after following your surgeon’s instructions, please contact your eye care team for assistance.

Type of Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileuses) is the most known and performed type of laser eye surgery. During the procedure, your ophthalmologist will create a small flap from your superficial cornea to get access to your corneal stroma. They will then reshape it with an excimer laser.

After reshaping the stroma, your ophthalmologist will reset your superficial cornea back into its original position to heal.

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is another type of laser eye surgery that is very similar to LASIK.

However, instead of creating a flap using your superficial cornea, your ophthalmologist will remove the entire outer layer of your cornea (known as the epithelium) to gain access to your corneal stroma.

After this, an excimer laser then reshapes your corneal stroma, and your eye is left to heal and regrow its epithelium.

Interested in Laser Eye Surgery?

If you’re looking to enhance your vision permanently, then it might be time to consider laser eye surgery. Please, book a consultation with our team and start your journey towards clearer vision today!

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110 South Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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