LASIK Surgery Shillington, PA

If the daily grind of your eyeglasses or contact lens care is getting old, consider vision correction LASIK. People who work or live in Shillington PA can have LASIK surgery at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania in nearby Wyomissing. We are a short drive away, and our team is ready to welcome you in for an initial LASIK consultation.

Refractive Error

Refractive error is the measurement of visual acuity. Perfect vision is 20/20 so anything other than 20/20 shows the refractive error. In fact, the large majority of refractive errors are due to a mismatch between the optics of the cornea and lens and the length of the globe, meaning the distance at which images are focused on the retina.

Anything focused in front of the retina causes nearsightedness (myopia). This means that the eye is too long, resulting in an image that is focused in front of the retina Images focused behind the retina cause farsightedness (hyperopia). This means the eye is too short, and images end up being focused behind the retina.

Refractive Surgery

Refractive surgery is vision correction surgery. There are a variety of techniques, and all involve reshaping of the cornea. The surgeon decreases the corneal curvature to correct for myopia and increases the corneal curvature to correct for hyperopia. To correct astigmatism, the surgeon reshapes the cornea at different points according to a customized map of the eye that is made prior to surgery.

Refractive surgeries are safe and simple surgeries and provide a great vision alternative to contact lenses or eyeglasses. One refractive surgical technique is laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis or LASIK. This is a commonly performed procedure and one that is very popular with patients because it is easy, safe and effective.

LASIK has few complications and great long-term outcomes. Most patients experience stable distance correction of their refractive error. There are a few side effects which are temporary conditions that occur as the eye heals. These include dry eye and hazy vision. Postoperative dry eye is by far the most common condition. It usually resolves within six to 12 months for most patients, but can persist longer in about 1 in 5 patients. Serious complications after LASIK are exceedingly rare.

LASIK means that most patients can reduce their dependence on contact lenses and glasses. Some may still need reading glasses, particularly in low-light conditions. Older patients who have cataracts may be LASIK candidates but may benefit more from cataract surgery where the surgeon removes the lens affected by the cataract and replaces it with a vision-correcting lens.

Pleased patients

Our patients are thrilled with their LASIK results and most tell us they wish they hadn’t waited so long to have the procedure. We get lots of family and friends referred to us from our pleased patients, too. If you are in Shillington PA, LASIK surgery is close by. If you or a friend are considering LASIK vision correction, come see our surgeons at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We are right next door in Wyomissing, so come in and see us today at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We can’t wait for you to be our next LASIK success story.

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