Laser Vision Correction

What is Laser Vision Correction?

Laser Eye Surgery for LASIK and PRK in Las Vegas, NV - Westwood EyeLaser Vision Correction (LVC) improves vision and corrects refractive errors with a laser. This treatment can reduce nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The two most common methods for LVC are laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Both LASIK and PRK use the same laser to reshape the cornea to dramatically improve your vision. LASIK reshapes your cornea underneath a flap whereas PRK reshapes your eye on the surface.


What is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) or Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is one of several refractive surgery procedures used to permanently change the shape of the cornea to improve the way it focuses light on the retina. PRK is an effective alternative to LASIK, with very similar results. Patients with dry eyes, thin corneas, higher prescriptions, or active lifestyles are excellent candidates for PRK. The same VISX Star S4 excimer laser with iDesign technology is used to achieve the best results for you.

Will I Have Perfect Vision?

You can expect to achieve excellent results from LVC. Overwhelming majority of patients are extremely happy with the results and can see clearly without glasses or contacts after their procedure. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations and to understand that achieving 20/20 vision after LVC isn’t a guarantee. Although the goal of LVC is to get your vision up to normal, or 20/20, you may only have 20/40 vision. This is considered within a normal range. Outcomes better than 20/20 are not necessarily beneficial, because you may experience eye strain or headaches. Finding an experienced cornea and refractive eye surgeon is essential to great LVC outcomes.

Am I A Candidate For LASIK or PRK?

Even though LASIK and PRK have provided millions of people with clear, hassle-free vision, not everyone is a fully qualified candidate. Generally, patients who meet the age and health requirements are good candidates for LASIK and PRK.

If you’re interested in laser vision correction, the first step is an initial examination to determine if you are a good candidate for LVC. We look forward to talking with you about how we can help you improve your vision.