Refractive Surgery

Refractive Surgery Options

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Refractive surgery is an elective procedure that reshapes the cornea or lens of the eye to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. People who have this eye surgery are often no longer required to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses to see properly. At Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman & Hunter Eye Care and Surgery Center in Tucson, we offer a complimentary screening to determine your candidacy for the types of refractive eye surgery.

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LASIK

LASIK is the most common type of refractive surgery. It uses a laser to reshape the cornea and correct refractive vision issues, including astigmatism. This procedure is performed at the Arizona Eye Laser Center and lasts around 1.5 hours from the moment you step into the office to the time you leave. Patients typically report having near-perfect vision as soon as the following day.  More information is available here.

ICL

Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) surgery involves implanting a new prescription lens between your iris and your natural lens through a tiny incision. The new lens works in tandem with your natural lens to provide you with clear vision. It is frequently recommended for patients that are extremely nearsighted or who do not qualify for LASIK due to thin corneas or significant dry eye.  More information on the ICL is available here.

Refractive Lensectomy

Also called refractive lens exchange (RLE), refractive lensectomy is a very similar procedure to cataract surgery. The difference is that cataract surgery is intended to remove a cataract, whereas a refractive lensectomy corrects your vision by removing your natural clear lens.  The procedure is able to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.  It is often performed in those over 40 who do not have a cataract but want to decrease their dependence on contacts or glasses.  More information on the available lens implants is here.

PRK

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of refractive surgery that uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea.  A thin layer of protective skin, called the epithelium, is removed with the laser and the cornea’s surface is reshaped.  After the correction has been made, a contact lens is inserted into the eye to act as a bandage until the epithelium grows back over the next several days.   The bandage contact lens is then removed by your surgeon. While the recovery time is longer than LASIK, the PRK procedure is a great option for those who have thinner corneas or stronger corrective prescriptions.  If you have been told that you do not qualify for LASIK in the past, PRK could be an option for you. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

At Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman & Hunter Eye Care and Surgery Center in Tucson, we also offer cataract surgery, glaucoma filtering surgery, and laser trabeculoplasty. To schedule an appointment for your refractive screening or with an eye surgeon at our practice, please give us a call at 520-293-6740 or request a free screening here. We would be happy to discuss your current vision issues and develop a treatment plan that is personalized to your lifestyle needs. It is our goal to make sure you are comfortable and happy with the results you receive from our office! Don't hesitate to to give us a call at 520-293-6740 with any questions you may have before or after your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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