Progressive Vision Center

Refractive Surgery Co-Management

Method of optical correction by Excimer laser photoablation, which changes the shape of the cornea to change the refraction error. The treatments are symmetrical and correct lower order or spherocylindrical aberrations, which include myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

Approved by the FDA for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK is a combination of two refractive technologies: Use of a microkeratome, to create a thin flap of tissue followed by excimer laser ablation to reshape the stromal tissue beneath the flap. 

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)

A procedure involving the removal of the epithelium by gentle scraping away of the corneal epithelium and use of a computer-controlled excimer laser to reshape the stroma.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Also known as Clear Lens Extraction (CLE), involves the use of an artificial lens to replace the natural lens of the eye, aiming to enhance vision. This procedure closely resembles cataract surgery.

In cases of early-stage cataracts, individuals may opt for RLE instead of waiting for the cataracts to progress to a removal-worthy stage. This choice is often motivated by the potential for better uncorrected vision provided by lens implants, especially for those requiring vision correction at the time of consideration.


Source: American Optometric Association

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