Freedom from Glasses with LASIK / PRK
LASIK and PRK currently are among the most popular refractive vision correction procedures. These surgeries have helped millions of people in the United States and abroad eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. As one of the most experienced PRK and LASIK Westchester County surgeons, Dr. Lippman has performed thousands of successful laser refractive procedures. He performs LASIK and PRK to correct the conditions of nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism, and to help his patients achieve their ultimate dream — freedom from glasses.
If you would like to explore your laser vision correction options, please use our contact page to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lippman. He will perform a set of thorough evaluations to assess your LASIK candidacy and to recommend the most appropriate treatment.
How Does LASIK Work?
The sophisticated LASIK procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and many patients experience significant vision improvement by the very next day. LASIK involves two steps — the creation of the corneal flap and the reshaping of the underlying corneal tissue. The goal of reshaping the cornea is to ensure that it refracts light rays properly — the key to clear, crisp vision. After Dr. Lippman has adjusted the shape of the patient’s cornea by using a special excimer laser, he completes the LASIK procedure by folding the corneal flap back into place. The flap serves as a natural bandage, which means that our Westchester County LASIK patients do not require stitches or eye bandages.
PRK vs. LASIK
Similarly to LASIK, PRK works by reshaping the cornea so that it can refract light rays correctly. While LASIK and PRK might appear similar, there are several major differences between these two procedures. The most important difference is that PRK does not involve the creation of the corneal flap. Instead, Dr. Lippman completely removes the epithelium (surface tissue of the cornea) and then treats the exposed corneal tissue with an excimer laser.
After reshaping the corneal tissue, Dr. Lippman places a soft contact lens over the treated area. The lens serves as a bandage while the epithelium grows back, which typically takes three to five days. Due to the fact that PRK involves a greater amount of tissue healing than LASIK, the recovery and vision improvement after PRK is more gradual than after LASIK. Unlike LASIK patients, most patients who receive PRK in Westchester County experience mild discomfort, such as eye irritation, watering and light sensitivity, for several days following the surgery. While many LASIK patients notice remarkable vision improvement the very next day, PRK patients typically obtain their best vision within three months after surgery.
However, the final outcomes for both LASIK and PRK are similar, with most patients achieving 20/20 vision or better. The main reason why certain patients choose PRK is the fact that this treatment is appropriate for many individuals who do not qualify for LASIK. For example, patients with thin corneas, large pupils and certain corneal scars usually are not candidates for LASIK, but they often qualify for PRK. However, PRK is not a cure-all. Patients who suffer from cataracts or glaucoma require different types of surgical treatments, as well as those with extreme myopia, hyperopia and/or astigmatism. For the latter patients, Dr. Lippman offers the leading-edge clear lens exchange procedure whereby he substitutes patients’ natural lenses with artificial lens implants, such as Crystalens.
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