LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) are outpatient surgical procedures used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
PRK was first approved by the FDA in 1993 and LASIK was first approved by the FDA in 1998. Each year approximately 700,000 Americans have one of these procedures.
As a patient, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the surgery, the procedure’s risks and benefits, and whether or not you would make a good candidate.
To consider laser vision correction eye surgery, you must be at least 18 years old, in good general health and have good eye health. Prior to having surgery it is important that you receive a thorough pre-operative evaluation by an eye care provider.
Laser Vision Correction Evaluation
To establish your candidacy for laser vision correction, we must perform a refractive surgery evaluation. A refractive surgery evaluation will encompass everything that our comprehensive eye exam does plus several additional tests:
Normal and dim pupil measurements
Undilated and dilated prescription measurements
Orbscan corneal topography
Dry Eye Evaluation
Full dilated eye health examination
Upon completion of the refractive evaluation, we will be able to determine whether LASIK or PRK is the best choice for your eyes. Depending on the results of the examination you may be a better candidate for a procedure other than LASIK or PRK. With the additional testing and dilation, please allow 2 hours to complete a refractive surgery evaluation.
See if you’re a candidate. Call 816.746.9800 to schedule a free LASIK consultation.