Vision Correction Surgery Options in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is perhaps the best-known form of vision correction surgery, but there are actually a number of procedures offered at Cincinnati Eye Institute that can correct a full range of refractive errors.
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a laser vision correction procedure that reshapes the cornea to help patients achieve clearer vision. Most patients experience clearer vision immediately after LASIK surgery and are able to return to work and normal daily activities the very next day.
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PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, may be an option for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK, including patients who have:
- Dry eye disease
- Thin corneas
- Corneal scar tissue
Unlike LASIK, PRK reshapes the cornea without the creation of a corneal flap. Patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism may enjoy excellent vision correction with PRK.
While PRK has the same long-term success rate as LASIK, this procedure does have a longer recovery period. Patients may experience mild discomfort and will need to wear a soft “bandage” contact lens for 3-5 days following the brief procedure. Also, while vision changes from LASIK are often immediate, it may take several weeks for PRK patients to enjoy the full results of their treatment.
Visian ICL (Implantable CollamerⓇ Lens) surgery is often the procedure of choice for patients with myopia and/or astigmatism who are not candidates for LASIK. During this laser vision surgery procedure, the ophthalmologist implants very thin collamer lenses in front of the eye’s natural lens to significantly and permanently improve vision.
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What Can Vision Surgery Correct?
Refractive surgery such as LASIK, Visian ICL, or PRK is ideal for treating most common refractive errors, including:
Individuals with presbyopia (age-related nearsightedness) may not be good candidates for vision correction with traditional LASIK, PRK, or Visian ICL. However, at Cincinnati Eye Institute we offer a number of surgical treatments that can help individuals with presbyopia reduce their dependence on reading glasses.
Monovision LASIK is designed to improve the way one eye focuses on nearby objects, while the other eye is treated to improve distance vision. When the eyes work together, the brain adapts to present the clearest images possible, reducing the effects of presbyopia.1
Refractive Lens Exchange
During refractive lens exchange surgery, an ophthalmologist replaces the lens of the eye with an advanced intraocular lens (IOL). This procedure is identical to cataract surgery, except that it is performed on a lens unclouded by cataracts with the aim of treating refractive errors like presbyopia.
Who is a Candidate for Vision Correction Surgery?
The ideal candidate for refractive vision correction with LASIK, PRK or Visian ICL:
- Is over the age of 18
- Is nearsighted, farsighted, or has astigmatism
- Has stable vision
- Has healthy eyes and no history of eye disease
- Has corneas of adequate thickness2
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If you are interested in reducing or even eliminating your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, you may be a good candidate for vision correction surgery at a CEI office in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky. To learn more and to schedule your personal consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist, please contact us.
1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Presbyopia Treatment. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/presbyopia-treatment. Accessed October 8, 2020.
2 American Academy of Ophthalmology. LASIK—Laser Eye Surgery. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik. Accessed October 8, 2020.