What is Laser Vision Correction?

A young woman has just run in a race on a track without glasses or contacts.

Laser Vision Correction is an exciting procedure that safely corrects refractive error with a high degree of accuracy. Refractive error results from a flaw in the shape of the eye that causes images to be improperly focused on the retina, and the result is blurry vision. The three major forms of refractive error are myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. When the doctor performs your vision correction treatment with the excimer laser, he corrects these imperfections by precisely reshaping the curvature of your cornea. Each pulse of the laser removes a quarter of a micron of tissue (a micron is one millionth of a meter). Drs. Altman, Primack and Shah know exactly how much of the cornea to treat based on their highly detailed, personally performed examinations. The results are impressive: 90 – 95% of patients with mild to moderate myopia and astigmatism attain 20/20 vision or better.

Laser Vision Correction can be safely performed in two different ways – LASIK and PRK. Both are performed as an outpatient procedure in the comfort and convenience of our laser suite. Normally, these procedures last less than 10 minutes, with most patients experiencing an improvement in their vision immediately following the procedure. Both procedures utilize Custom Wavefront Technology and the visual results of Bladeless LASIK and PRK are identical.

As the only two corneal fellowship-trained LASIK specialists in the region, Dr. Adam Altman and Dr. Jonathan Primack have been involved with laser vision correction for more than 45 years, combined.

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