Until recently, glasses and contacts were the only options available to correct refractive conditions. With the latest advances in Excimer Lasers and surgical procedures, there are several other options available to correct vision problems. The important thing is to find the procedure that is best for your specific situation. IntraLase LASIK, PRK, CK, Phakic IOLs, IOLs and the KAMRA Corneal Inlay are just a few of the choices you have.
IntraLase LASIK, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, is the fastest-growing and most accepted form of laser vision correction. LASIK can treat both nearsightedness and farsightedness with or without astigmatism.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) uses a laser to sculpt the surface of the cornea. The surface cells are removed, the cornea is treated with the laser, and a bandage contact lens is placed afterwards for approximately 5-7 days. The procedure is effective in treating low to moderate levels of myopia or hyperopia with or without astigmatism.
Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) is a procedure used for the treatment of low degrees of farsightedness and presbyopia. There are very few complications associated with CK. Some patients may experience discomfort and light sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. Since the collagen that has been treated changes as you age, the procedure may need to be repeated every few years.
Phakic Intraocular Lenses (IOL) are artificial lens implants that are placed inside the eye while the patient’s natural lens remains intact. Although the first type of this technology was FDA approved for the treatment of myopia or nearsightedness in 2004, the physicians and surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants have been implanting these lenses for the treatment of high degrees of nearsightedness and farsightedness since 1998 as part of the multi-center, national research studies. Visit our Phakic IOL page for more specific information on this procedure and the lens options available.
IOLs (intraocular lenses) offer the possibility of seeing well at more than one distance, without glasses or contacts. In some patients who have refractive errors outside the range treatable with LASIK, or that have cataract formation, removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacement with an intraocular lens may be helpful in reducing their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. This procedure is very similar to cataract surgery that is done for a cloudy lens. The accuracy in obtaining the desired improvement is quite high. In some patients, multifocal lenses may be helpful in improving distance and near vision. For more information on a Natural Lens Replacement (also referred to as Clear Lens Extraction), visit our Natural Lens Replacement webpage.
KAMRA Corneal Inlay is an eye procedure that restores near vision and frees you from the constant frustrations of reading glasses. It is ideal for active people looking to no longer depend on reading glasses or contact lenses for their everyday activities.
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