Refractive surgery is no longer available at Eye Medical Clinic in San Jose.
Our optometrists would be happy to refer you to one of the many ophthalmologists in the area. Please call our office to set up your exam and discuss the best options for your condition.
Types of Corrective Eye Surgery including LASIK, LASEK and others.
Many people in San Jose think that LASIK is the only refractive surgery out there, but there are many other types of eye surgeries to improve vision. This comprehensive list includes the latest news, the nearly obsolete, and everything in between.
Why Laser Refractive Surgery?
If your daily routine includes a hassle with glasses or contacts, you want perfect vision without corrective lenses. To simply open your eyes and have perfect vision is ideal — and very attainable. Do you want to:
- Throw away those contacts and stash your glasses in your junk drawer?
- Forget about hunting all over your house for your misplaced glasses?
- Wake up in the middle of the night and clearly read your alarm clock without fumbling with your glasses?
- Play sports without worrying about breaking your glasses or losing a contact lens?
- Save money by never having to replace broken glasses or buying contact lens refills and solutions?
Laser Refractive Surgery could be right for you.
More about Laser Vision Correction
All modern refractive procedures employ an Excimer or UV laser with or without a corneal flap. Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Astigmatism (the football-shaping of the cornea or surface of the eye) and near vision can all be corrected.
In the flap procedures (epi-LASIK and LASIK), the surgeon fashions a partial thickness flap in the cornea in order to access a tissue base that will be reshaped by the Excimer laser. LASIK (an acronym for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis) involves cutting the flap in the top 1/3 of the corneal stroma fashioning a bed for the laser treatment and subsequently correcting the patient’s refractive error. In Epi-LASIK, a safer and ultimately more effective procedure, the flap is made in the more superficial layers of the cornea.
In Surface Ablation or Photorefractive Keratoplasty (PRK), no flap is made. The Laser alone reshapes the cornea.
Custom Wavefront technology constitutes the most technologically advanced refractive procedure. Prior to surgery, the patient’s corneas are topographically mapped by an instrument called an aberrometer quantifying areas of steepness and flatness. These areas, unique to each patient’s cornea contribute to higher order refractive errors. When these are corrected with a Custom Wavefront laser, high-definition vision (sometimes better than 20/20) can be attained.