We tend to find two groups of people who walk into our office: those who have researched the procedure extensively and could almost do it themselves and those who just walk in, say they want their vision corrected, and leave the rest up to Dr. Wasserman.
In all honesty, both of these are perfectly fine! But for those of you who are interested in learning everything you can about the procedure, the first thing you should know is that not everyone who has had “LASIK” actually had LASIK. Let us explain. While most of us use “LASIK” as the general term for all eye corrective surgeries, there are a number of different types of surgeries you can have to correct your vision.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK): PRK is one of the least invasive types of corrective surgery and is used to correct mild nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, the surgeon only reshapes your cornea, not the tissue underneath.
Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASIK): This is the most traditional type of eye corrective surgery. During this procedure, your surgeon will make a small flap and use a laser to loosen the tissue of your eye and reshape your cornea. This can correct mild to severe near and farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Refractive lens exchange (RLE): RLE is more similar to cataracts surgery than traditional LASIK. During RLE, the doctor makes a small incision at the edge of your cornea and replaces your natural lens with a plastic one. This is typically suggested for people with thin corneas or dry eyes.
Epi-LASIK: Your surgeon will separate a thin layer of tissue from your cornea and reshape the visible tissue with a laser.
Presbyopic lens exchange (PRELEX): As people age, it sometimes becomes more difficult for them to see up close — this is called presbyopia. And while the description may sound reminiscent of farsightedness, it’s quite different. Presbyopia happens when your eye loses some of its flexibility. To correct it, your surgeon will remove your lens and replace it with a multifocal lens.
At Dr. Barry Wasserman’s, we realize that there’s no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to correcting your vision. That’s why we take the time to understand each and every one of our patients’ needs and suggest the best method possible.