The term “refractive” refers to the way light rays are focused from objects in our field of vision. “Refractive” surgery at NewView Laser Eye, Inc. includes a family of advanced surgical procedures designed to reshape the curvature of your cornea.

There are three kinds of refractive vision disorders that affect over half of all Americans. If you require glasses for close-up work, it’s likely you have hyperopia (farsightedness). If you wear glasses for driving or seeing objects at a distance, then you probably have myopia (nearsightedness). If your vision is blurred at all distances, you may have astigmatism. Refractive surgery is designed to reduce or eliminate farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.

Our refractive procedures help alter the way light is focused on the retina by using precise surgical procedures to reshape the surface of the cornea. The most successful refractive surgery procedures performed today are Laser Assisted In-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK), and EpiLase. All are laser vision correction procedures recognized and approved by the FDA as safe and effective. All are painless, outpatient procedures, taking only minutes to perform.

Laser vision correction is an outpatient treatment that uses a cool beam of light to gently reshape the surface of the eye – the cornea – thereby improving vision. The light gently pulses to remove a
microscopic amount of tissue, flattening or steepining the curvature of the cornea, allowing images to be more sharply focused on the retina.

There are three types of Laser Vision procedures offered at NewView Laser Eye. They are PRK, LASIK, and EpiLase. The table below addresses frequently asked questions concerning each.

 

 

PRK

LASIK

EpiLase


Range of correction

Low to Moderately high

Low to Moderately high

Low to moderately High

Wound Depth

Superficial (remove epithelium)

20% depth (flap preserves epithelium)

Superficial (epithelium flap)

Intraoperative Pain

None

None

None

Postoperative Pain

Moderate 24-48 hrs.

3 to 6 hrs.

Mild to moderate 24-48 hrs.

Postoperative Medications

3 weeks to several months

1 to 2 weeks

3 weeks to several months

Functional Vision Recovery

3 to 7 days

24 hours

3 to 5 days

Visual Results Fully Recognized

3 weeks to several months

1 to 6 weeks

3 weeks to several months

Return to Work

2 to 3 days

1 to 2 days

2 to 3 days

Risk of Complications

Low

Low

Low

Risk of Scarring

1 to 2%

<1%

Possibly less than PRK

Dry Eye Sensitive

1 to 4 weeks

Could last up to 12 months or more

1 to 4 weeks

Candidates with Thin Corneas or Wide Pupils

Often good candidates

Candidacy depends on amount of correction needed

Often good candidates