Researching your options can be confusing
Millions of people have already discovered the benefits of vision correcting procedures, but researching your options can be confusing -- LASIK? PRK? Implantable Phakic Lens? Refractive Lens Exchange, PRELEX - Presbyopic Lens Exchange? Which procedure fulfills my needs? What kind of results can I expect? Who should I go to for the procedure?
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To answer questions you may have, we offer a no-obligation laser vision correction consultation with one of our optometrists during your next eye exam. We'll review your medical history, talk about your eye health history, ascertain if you are a good candidate and arrange an ophthalmologist for consultation and surgery.
Laser Vision correction procedures encompasses a variety of options that actually modify the cornea or the front surface of the eye. The latest technology involves a quick, painless and very accurate laser.
The cost of the procedure depends upon several variances. Only after the patient's medical history and current information are clearly understood are we able to recommend which type of laser procedure will be best for you. Type of procedure and where the procedure is taking place are two factors. In approximate numbers however, you can estimate spending $2000 to $2500 per corrected eye.
No. Vision correcting surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist. However, all pre and post procedure care is performed by optometrists like Dr. Ward. The nearest Laser vision correcting center to Summit County is located in Denver. Our office works with an experienced Laser Center, Rocky Mountain Ophthalmology, in Golden Colorado on the outskirts of Denver closest to Summit County. We are confident in the team of highly-trained ophthalmologists and laser correction assistants. Although their experience has produced successful results in many of our patients, you are free to choose a different ophthalmologist or laser center and still use Dr. Ward as your optometrist for pre and post procedure care.
Your level of success with laser vision correction depends upon individual conditions, the expertise of the ophthalmologist, and the type of follow-up care program. Each individual is a little different, and so are their corrective needs. Assuming you are the right type of patient for this procedure, the results of this technology are very good. Most patients will have 20/40 vision or better without glasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgery is not a guarantee and some patients may still need corrective lenses to perform certain tasks.
There is a possibility you may need reading glasses as you get older. This is caused by a condition called presbyopia in which the lens of the eye begins to lose flexibility making it difficult to read. This typically occurs between the ages of 40 to 50.
Vision correcting procedures cannot be performed before puberty. This is because the lens does not attain its full shape and stabilize itself until approximately the ages of 18-21. Refractive surgery should not be performed until the eye is stable. In most cases, anyone between 18 and 70 can generally have vision correction procedures done in order to treat both nearsightedness and astigmatism. To determine if you are a good candidate you should start by scheduling an exam with Dr. Ward. Only a comprehensive consultation with an eye doctor can accurately determine if you are eligible for a vision correcting procedure. The ideal candidate is at least 18 years of age, has not had significant prescription change in the last year and free from ocular diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma.
As with any surgical procedure, there is a degree of risk involved with refractive surgeries. Risks include the possibility of decreased vision loss due to under-correction, over-correction, infection, discomfort, night glare, flap complications, or healing haze. Studies presented by laser manufacturers reviewed by the FDA show that 94% of patients with mild to moderate myopia, who have undergone laser vision correction, have achieved 20/40 distance vision or better (sufficient to qualify for a driver’s license in most areas) with one treatment.