Check out some alternative procedures that Beach Eye Care offers to give you better vision.
Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by using a wavefront optimized or guided excimer laser to remove tiny bits of tissue from the surface of the cornea. This process reshapes the cornea to better focus light onto the eye’s retina. Surgeons often prefer PRK rather than LASIK for patients with thin corneas or asymetrical topography.
During a PRK procedure, the eye is numbed with anesthetic eye drops. Then, the surgeon removes the epithelium, a thin layer of protective skin that covers the cornea with dilute sterile alcohol. In less than a minute, the laser removes a precise amount of tissue while it reshapes the surface of the cornea. The PRK procedure only lasts a minute for each eye. No needles are used, and most patients experience some discomfort during recovery. The recovery process of PRK typically involves more discomfort than LASIK. It is the procedure of choice for thin corneas or those with abnormal curvature.
Healing rates vary by individual. Final visual results may not be fully realized for a few weeks to 3 months.
Most PRK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, but some may achieve 20/40 or still need a lesser degree of correction with glasses or contact lenses following the procedure.
Those with nearsightedness who, until now, had few options for vision correction, may be excited to learn about Visian ICL, an implantable collamer lens. The implantable lens, which is biocompatible with the eye, gives many people the opportunity to enjoy High Definition Visian™ for the first time, eliminating the need for glasses or contacts. And because the ICL is removable, there are distinct advantages to the procedure, as there is opportunity to change lenses should the patient’s vision continue to change with the passage of time.
Dr. Neatrour is proud to be one of the first surgeons in the United States trained to perform this advanced procedure, which generally takes as little as 15 minutes. Patients enjoy a significant reduction in recovery time, as the required incision is very small and there are no sutures required in most cases. The ICL procedure is suitable for a wide range of vision correction needs and also gives patients the added benefit of UV blocking capabilities, which may protect the eye from the sun’s harmful rays over time.
The National Media Coverage of the Visian ICL Continues
On Friday, November 14, the Visian ICL was given a major segment on the hit television show “The Doctors,” during which a patient – who was borderline legally blind – received the procedure with fantastic results. During the segment the patient’s surgeon, Dr. Paul Dougherty, aptly describes the benefits of the Visian ICL as providing “high definition vision” with “fewer side effects” than LASIK. He also discusses and demonstrates the immediate “sit up and see” results that this particular patient, and all others, enjoy.
Visian ICL: Outperforming LASIK for the U.S. Army?
For nearly five years, the Visian ICL has been improving the vision of thousands of U.S. soldiers under the harshest conditions imaginable. And now, Visian’s superior performance has the attention of the Chief of Refractive Surgery at the Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas.
U.S. Army Major Gregory Parkhurst, MD, has recently noted that while wavefront-optimized LASIK has performed adequately for many patients, the Visian ICL might be a better option for myopic soldiers, given their special visual needs, particularly at night:
“There’s something about the quality of vision with this lens that is much better than laser vision correction…Soldiers are now asking for ICLs as their first option, even when their corneas have no extra risk factors from LASIK or PRK. An OR nurse last week told me he was approached when he was out shopping at the commissary and asked about how to get on the list for a Collamer lens.”
– U.S. Army Major Gregory Parkhurst, MD
Since it was introduced in 2006, the Visian ICL has been improving the vision of the bravest people in our nation under the harshest of conditions imaginable. In fact, to date surgeons in the US military have implanted over 3,000 ICLs with results that are nothing less of heroic. In a retrospective analysis of outcomes in 139 consecutive eyes of US military personnel implanted with the Visian ICL:
- 100% of patients believe the Visian ICL enables them to function and perform better
- More than 80% patients achieve UVCA on 20/15 or better
- 86% achieve UCVA the same or better than per-op BCVA
The bottom line? If the Visian ICL can meet the needs of US soldiers on the battlefield, you can be confident it will deliver excellent vision for demanding younger patients with active, fast-paced lifestyles – every day.
CK (conductive keratoplasty), the first FDA-approved vision technology for presbyopia (difficulty with reading vision), is helping millions of baby boomers with age-related near vision loss.
The most common eye condition in America, presbyopia affects everyone after age 40. As the eye ages, the lens loses its ability to flex and re-focus to accommodate our need for both near and distance vision.
Designed for baby boomers, NearVision CK uses radio frequency energy instead of a laser to improve near vision or to correct presbyopia. Patients around the world have undergone this safe procedure and have succeeded in reducing their dependence on glasses to drive at night, work on the computer, or read a menu.
The NearVision CK procedure is simple and virtually painless, and there are no hassles—just incredible results. The procedure can be conveniently performed in as few as five minutes at Beach Eye Care, using only an eye drop anesthesia. You can even return to work or normal activities the next day with a younger look, a more confident attitude, and less dependence on glasses for reading.