How Does Laser Eye Surgery Work?

Laser Eye Surgery with Sunshine Optometry

Nearsightedness is a spreading problem in the country, with more than 41% of the population suffering from some level of myopia. Eyeglasses and contact lenses provide correction, but are not a long-term solution for some patients. Fortunately, advances in technology have provided a treatment for myopia that offers long-term, even permanent results – laser eye surgery.

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How Laser Eye Surgery Works

Laser eye surgery (also known as refractive surgery) reshapes the curvature of the eye to change one's prescription. Small amounts of tissue are removed from the surface of the cornea, thus improving vision. Another type of laser eye surgery is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which involves a different type of preparation of the cornea. This is a better option for some patients, although recovery time is generally longer.

Who May Benefit from Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery may be a good choice for correcting myopia or astigmatism for patients who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Are in good general health
  • Have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year
  • Seek freedom from contact lenses and glasses
  • Are not currently pregnant and have not been nursing in the last 6 months

As with any surgery there are risks associated. We will discuss these in detail with you during your office visit. Sunshine Optometry is able to facilitate care between eye surgeons and provide follow up management after surgery.

Discover if you are Eligible for Laser Eye Surgery at your next Eye Exam