In a recent FDA study, More than 95% of participants were satisfied with their vision following LASIK surgery.

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Poor eyesight has placed limitations on people for centuries. It’s reported, in ancient Rome, Seneca used a globe of water to magnify his reading material. Thankfully vision aids have progressed over time, but for those who wear glasses or contacts, some instances can feel just as limiting as to the water globe method. Glasses fog up, fall off, get in the way, or can even become a hazard for the active people who wear them. Similarly, contacts have their own drawbacks. A speck of dust can be the root of misery when it is trapped under a contact lens.  Or, try getting your left and right lens mixed up. For many people, there are safe, effective alternative options available. Advances in surgical procedures and equipment now provide many people with safe, effective, and permanent options to correct their vision. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), and Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) are a few of the better laser corrective surgery options available.

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK, or surface ablation, was the first laser procedure successful at removing eye surface tissue to change the arc of the cornea for correction of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. PRK was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 and is still widely used today. Recovery time can be up to six months to reach maximum clarity.

Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

LASIK involves making a tiny incision to create a flap, then with the use of the Excimer laser, reshaping the inner portion of the cornea. Recovery time is typically shorter for LASIK patients – just a few days of discomfort, in most cases. While patients often report improved vision within hours of the surgery, vision will continue to improve gradually for a few months.

Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE)

SMILE is a new, minimally invasive, laser procedure for nearsighted patients over 22 years of age who have a stable prescription (unchanged for more than one year) between -1.00D to -8.00D and astigmatism of less than -.50D. More than 750,000 surgeries have been performed all over the world with over 1100 refractive eye surgeons performing the surgery.

With each of these procedures, you will be given eye drops and antibiotics to help with the slight discomfort associated with healing. All of these surgeries have a high satisfaction rate among patients due to their safety and effectiveness.

The best way to choose which laser vision correction surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with by calling LaserCare Eye Center at 214.328.0444 to schedule a free evaluation for LASIK in Dallas.