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LASIK Eye Surgery & PRK

Suffering from blurry vision is a challenge. Waking up to put on prescription eyeglasses or contacts, can interfere with a variety of life experiences. While these are great options for most of our patients, some want a long-term solution. If you’re tired of your vision holding you back, LASIK surgery and PRK are wonderful options that will transform your life.

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Lasik Procedure

LASIK eye surgery is a life-changing procedure that eliminates the need for contacts or glasses. LASIK surgery can correct vision problems caused by:

At least a month before the procedure, our Utah LASIK eye doctor and surgeon will each evaluate your eye health and other factors to ensure you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. The evaluation is painless and includes:

On the day of the surgery, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. LASIK eye surgery generally takes less than 30 minutes to complete. You will remain conscious during the entire procedure and receive numbing drops so your eyes will not feel any pain. If you are receiving LASIK surgery for both eyes, your surgeon will complete both eyes during the same session.

Long-term complications and risks from surgery are rare. Temporary side effects include dry eyes, glare, halos, and temporary visual problems that clear up within a few weeks after surgery. LASIK surgery in Utah often causes dry eyes for up to six months, and your doctor will prescribe artificial tears or drops to keep your eyes moist while they heal.

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PRK Procedure

PRK is an eye surgery that can correct vision problems caused by:

PRK is an excellent option for people who are not candidates for LASIK eye surgery. PRK differs from LASIK because your eye surgeon does not create a flap to fix vision problems. Some consider PRK to be safer and more effective long-term because no flap is created, and the risk of more significant injury is thus lower than LASIK.

You will meet with our eye doctor and surgeon at least a month before the procedure to evaluate your eye health, measure your cornea(s), discuss the risks and benefits of PRK, and answer any questions you may have.

On the day of the surgery, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. PRK eye surgery generally takes less than 30 minutes to complete. You will remain conscious during the entire procedure and receive numbing drops so your eyes will not feel any pain. If you are receiving PRK surgery for both eyes, your surgeon will complete both eyes during the same session.

Recovery from PRK takes longer than LASIK. Temporary side effects last up to three months and include dry eyes, glare, halos, and temporary visual problems. Long-term complications and risks from surgery are rare.

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Refractive Lens Exchange Procedure

Refractive Lens Exchange is the replacement of the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). By exchanging the eye’s natural lens with an intraocular lens, light can then be properly passed through the lens to the retina to allow light and color to be processed clearly once again.

More than providing clarity to the patient’s vision, Refractive Lens Exchange corrects issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, astigmatism, and even glaucoma. These issues are corrected as an Excel Eye Care specialist assesses each patient, fitting them with either a monofocal or multifocal lens that is suited to their specific needs.

Monofocal lenses address patients with cataract deformities while also ensuring excellent vision and contrast with minimal disturbances. Multifocal lenses address patients struggling with either nearsightedness or farsightedness.

During a Refractive Lens Exchange procedure, a surgeon will carefully remove the existing lens of the eye by creating a small opening in the side of the cornea with a thin, needle-like tool. Through the cornea’s opening, the tool will be inserted and will carefully break up the center of the lens without damaging the eye or interfering with other eye functions. Then the lens is suctioned out. With a slightly wide tool, a surgeon will then insert the intraocular lens (IOL), completing the procedure.

How long does a Refractive Lens Exchange last?

The procedure only lasts around 15 minutes. The new intraocular lens will stand the test of time, providing the patient with vivid, clear vision for the rest of their life.

What is the recovery time from a Refractive Lens Exchange?

With a quick recovery time, most patients regain full eye function and resume normal activities after 3 days.

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Why Excel Eye Center?

Excel Eye doctors have been performing LASIK since 1997. We use the very latest technology and offer patients the most advanced laser approved by the FDA.

The eyecare professionals at Excel Eye Center highly recommend both LASIK and PRK. Working together, we’ll help to determine which Laser Vision Correction best fits your needs. Call to schedule your free LASIK screening today.

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