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Refractive Surgery FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Refractive Eye Surgery

Refractive eye surgery is a procedure that reshapes the eye's cornea or lens. The goal of the surgery is to correct certain refractive issues such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Our eye doctors at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter in Tucson perform screenings to determine if our patients are good candidates for refractive surgery. We have gathered a few of the questions that we run into regarding refractive eye surgeries.

What is LASIK Surgery?

The most common type of refractive surgery is LASIK. LASIK is a procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct vision issues. The procedure does not take very long and can correct vision problems that you have experienced for your entire life. Our ophthalmology professionals may recommend this surgery if your eye health is good and your refractive errors can be corrected through surgery.

What is ICL Surgery?

Another type of surgery can be used to implant a prescription lens in your eye. This is called ICL, or implantable collamer lens surgery. The procedure gives you clear vision and is great for those who may not be able to get LASIK but suffer from nearsighted vision.

What IS RLE Surgery?

RLE, or refractive lens exchange surgery, is a procedure where the ophthalmologist removes the existing lens. This can often correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism. This is a great option for those who are not good candidates for LASIK.

What Is PRK Surgery?

PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy surgery, reshapes the cornea with a laser. This surgery involves a few more steps than LASIK because it removes part of the protective layer in the eye. You will have to wait for the eye to heal, which makes the recovery period longer. If you have a strong prescription, the ophthalmologist may recommend PRK.

Learn More About Refractive Surgery in Tucson, AZ

Are you ready for eye surgery? Our ophthalmologists at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter will answer any questions and perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you can benefit from corrective eye surgery. Call our team today at (520) 293-6740 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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