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What laser vision correction options are available to me?

I decided to get Lasik surgery 4 years ago and I am so happy I did! I went from being legally blind to seeing 20/20. I actually followed Dr. Spinak down the hall after the procedure without wearing my glasses! It is a new life being able to see so clear. I cannot thank Dr. Spinak enough and his courteous staff. I will be forever grateful! — Corinne V., Nanuet, NY

Spinak Medical Eye Center offers many types of laser vision correction. A thorough eye exam will help to determine which option is right for you. All outpatient procedures are performed with an eye drop anesthetic.

Types of laser vision correction procedures?

All laser vision correction procedures, including LASIK® involve reshaping the cornea. For this reason, you want to make sure that you trust your eyes to experienced eye surgeons.

  • LASIK® - Improves focusing by the eye. During surgery, a thin flap is cut from the corneal tissue and the middle layer of the cornea is reshaped.

  • LASIK® with Custom Ablation - Combination approach to improve both focusing and vision quality problems, such as contrast or night glare.

  • PRK/LASIK® (photorefractive keratectomy) - Improves the eye’s natural focus. Procedure involves removing a layer of epithelial cells and then shapes the surface of the cornea. In a PRK procedure, the outer cells grow back in a few days. With LASIK®, the layer of cells is saved as a flap and is folded back onto the surface of the cornea after the laser is applied.

What is the implantable contact lens?

The Visian ICL is a contact lens-like implant that works inside the eye to correct vision. Unlike a traditional contact lens, the Visian ICL is surgically inserted into the eye and does not require regular cleaning or maintenance. The Visian ICL is a nice option for patients who are not candidates for laser vision correction.

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