The services at our Washington DC location are refractive surgery services and laser vision correction procedures. We offer the Visian ICL lens implant, PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) and LASIK eye surgery.
LASIK eye surgery
LASIK is an acronym that stands for Laser Assisted in-situ Keratomileusis. The LASIK procedure combines the precision of the excimer Laser, the femtosecond laser, the eyes own natural healing power, and the skill of a qualified surgeon.
- In the first step of LASIK eye surgery a femtosecond laser is used to make a flap in the cornea. This flap is lifted and an excimer laser treatment is performed on the inner part of the cornea
- The excimer laser is then used to reshape the inner layers of the cornea with ultraviolet light and high-energy pulses. By adjusting the pattern of the laser beam, high levels of near-sightedness, and moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism are able to be treated.
The "protective flap" of the cornea is then gently replaced to its original position where it bonds securely without the need for stitches. The procedure takes only minutes to perform and most patients enjoy dramatic improvement in their vision within the first day. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in the comfort of a surgery center.
PRK was the first laser refractive surgery approved by the FDA receiving final approval in 1995. This was truly an incredible breakthrough in ophthalmic surgery that influenced a whole new direction in refractive surgery including LASIK eye surgery and LASEK. To date millions of vision correction patients have had PRK instead of LASIK eye surgery. PRK is a refractive eye surgery procedure that utilizes the excimer laser to reshape the cornea and improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism much like LASIK eye surgery. PRK differs from LASIK in that no flap of tissue is created prior to resculpting the cornea with the excimer laser.
PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratotomy) Procedure
The procedure can be performed once the eye has been numbed with anesthetic drops. A speculum will be positioned to hold your eyelids back just like in LASIK so that you eyelids will not interrupt the actual surgery. The cornea is instead exposed via a process called surface ablation where a very thin segment of the eye’s outer epithelial layer is removed, exposing the cornea. Once this layer is removed the refractive surgeon can proceed with the actual laser treatment. The laser is then positioned to directly treat the cornea. This laser delivery takes less than one minute to complete for most patients. Once the laser treatment or refractive ablation is completed, the corneal curvature is reshaped, thus improving the refractive error. Your ophthalmologist will then place a bandage contact lens on the eye for improved comfort along with anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops.
The Visian ICL is a new type of vision correction surgery that involves a lens implant instead of using lasers to correct your vision. The Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) is made of collagen polymer, a natural material with little chance of allergic response. The collagen base makes it harmonious with your body’s chemistry.
Visian ICL is an implantable lens placed between the colored iris and the human lens in a short outpatient procedure. Unlike alternative lens implants available for nearsightedness, the Visian ICL doesn't require attachment to the delicate iris, and no sutures are needed. While Visian ICL is a newer technology in the U.S., it has been used for many years in Europe and the rest of the world. Numerous patients have benefited from this powerful technology.
If you have been told you are too nearsighted, or that your cornea is not suitable for a LASIK or PRK vision correction procedures, then the Visian ICL may be right for you.
Are you a Candidate?
Individuals who suffer from extreme nearsightedness will have a solution for their poor vision. The ICL provides an opportunity to those individuals who are not candidates for lasik eye surgery. Some people cannot have LASIK for reasons ranging from high prescriptions to thin corneas. The ICL will now give these patients the opportunity to experience the same lifestyle change that LASIK has brought to millions.
You're likely a good candidate for ICL if:
- You have extreme to moderate nearsightedness
- You have thin corneas and are not a LASIK candidate
- You have a history of dry eye
- You have large pupils