If you’d like to eliminate the hassles associated with glasses and contact lenses, Northeastern Eye Institute can help. We offer a variety of refractive surgery procedures that can help you restore 20/20 vision in 2020.
The right procedure for you will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the refractive vision error you need to correct and the unique properties of your eye. During your free consultation, our ophthalmologists will discuss your options with you in detail and recommend the best treatment plan to restore clear, sharp vision.
LASIK is one of the most popular vision correction solutions we offer. During your procedure, a flap is created along the surface of the cornea. This allows an excimer laser to reshape your cornea so that light can focus clearly on your retina. We use the latest and most advanced LASIK technology, including:
- VISX WaveScan® technology that measures your vision with the highest levels of precision
- VISX® CustomVue™ technology which provides for the most precise outcome possible with your LASIK procedure
- All-laser LASIK, providing the most precise and smooth corneal flap possible and increasing the number of individuals who are viable LASIK candidates
- Wavefront technology that provides 3D mapping of your cornea for a truly customized procedure
By using this state-of-the-art technology, we are able to help the overwhelming majority of our patients see clearly without glasses and contact lenses after their procedure.
In order to be considered a good LASIK candidate, you must meet the following criteria:
- Age 18 or older
- Have maintained a stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Do not suffer from any corneal or retinal diseases
- Have sufficiently thick corneas to accommodate the creation of a flap along the surface
- Free of corneal scarring
If you’re not a suitable LASIK candidate, our ophthalmologists can recommend an alternative vision correction procedure that will achieve your goals.
PRK is one of the most common LASIK alternatives. Both procedures use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea, but the technique used to enable the laser to access the cornea is different. Instead of creating a corneal flap, PRK uses a laser to remove the outer corneal layer.
While results are comparable for both procedures, PRK results in a slightly longer recovery period since it will take a few days for the outer layer of your cornea to regenerate. In addition, PRK patients tend to experience a more gradual improvement in vision. Often, it may take several weeks for your vision to stabilize after your procedure.
Due to the difference in technique between LASIK and PRK, this procedure is an excellent option for individuals who have corneas that are either too thin or too steep to accommodate the creation of a corneal flap. While most PRK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, you may still need glasses or contact lenses if the refractive error being corrected was very severe.
Visian ICL is a LASIK alternative that uses an implantable collamer lens to restore clear vision. This lens is inserted into your eye through a small incision placed in your cornea. Your eye’s natural lens isn’t impacted by the procedure, and you won’t feel the lens implant on your eye. In addition, you should experience improved vision right away.
This procedure may be the right solution for you if:
- You are trying to correct nearsightedness (myopia) or astigmatism
- You have a very severe refractive error
- Your cornea is too thin for LASIK
- You suffer from dry eye syndrome
Contact our Northeastern Pennsylvania Ophthalmologists
Please contact Northeastern Eye Institute using the form on this page or call 800-334-2233 today to schedule a free consultation. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.