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Imagine going backpacking, camping, hiking, skiing, swimming and dancing without the need for your glasses or contacts. Laser vision correction such as LASIK or PRK may a great option for you. While the procedures are easy to undergo, the decision is an important one most people consider their vision to be their number one sense. We understand the significance of that decision. We offer complimentary LASIK evaluations at our Insight Arvada, Boulder and Parker locations with a member of our Refractive Surgery Team.
LASIK and PRK are procedures that can reduce your need for eye correction. The goal is to get the images and light rays to aim at the back of your eye. We achieve this with state-of-the-art cold lasers that prepare your eye and gently, precisely reshape your cornea. PRK is a surface treatment, with the same goals, using only one laser. The decision to have this life altering procedure may be difficult yet the procedure itself is relatively easy to undergo with our surgeons. You and the doctor will review your specific options. Our outcomes are excellent, and our retreatment rates are low because our surgeons will only proceed with proper candidates. We encourage you to ask your current eye doctor to refer you to InSight Vision Group if you are a good candidate. You can also take our Self-Test. We also offer complimentary LASIK / PRK Evaluations.
We are happy to schedule your LASIK or PRK if you are a good candidate and want to proceed. We usually treat both eyes on the same day. You will need to have discontinued your contact lenses and the staff will inform you as they get you scheduled. Plan to have someone drive you to and from your procedure. We have a viewing window if they want to observe. Your eyes are numbed with eye drops so you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Our staff will walk you through the process, answer any questions and provide you with your post-op instructions. All our LASIK and PRK procedures are Blade-Free, providing you with an unprecedented level of safety, precision and comfort.
Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, or commonly known at LASIK is a two-step procedure. The first step is to create a thin flap within the cornea. This is done with a laser so the front surface of your corneal is not disturbed. The flap is lifted and a second cold laser is used to reshape your corned to allow the images and light rays to enter your eyes correctly. The flap is then returned to its natural position and will heal itself over time.
Photorefractive Keratectomy, or commonly known as PRK, is a laser eye surgery that pre-dates LASIK. In both cases, a laser is used to correct any refractive issues on the corneal surface. The difference between PRK and LASIK is in how the cornea is accessed. LASIK creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea while with PRK the outer layer of the cornea is removed in its entirety, making it a “flap free” procedure. PRK is a popular option when a patient’s cornea is especially thin, irregular, or for patients who have previously undergone LASIK surgery. The results of PRK and LASIK treatment are virtually the same. However, it should be noted that PRK procedures have a longer recovery time than LASIK.
The Ziemer femtosecond technology utilizes tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, to create the corneal flap for LASIK. Each pulse passes harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea to form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface. This bubble layer creates a flap of precise size and location.
At InSight LASIK, we utilize the Alcon EX 500 laser systems which uses Wavefront-Optimized topo-guided technologies to automatically compensate for the curvature of your cornea. The Alcon is used for both LASIK and PRK to reshape the cornea with your unique topographic information, providing a treatment customized for your specific vision. This technology is vital in elimination of glare and night vision problems that are associated with older generation lasers. The Alcon can treat higher prescriptions and astigmatism giving you the best visual outcome.
Which is better for me, LASIK or PRK?
Both procedures are very effective in correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK has become the procedure of choice for most patients due to quicker recovery time and less discomfort after the procedure. However, there are several factors that should be considered before making your final decision. Our doctors will be happy to discuss all aspects of each procedure during your initial consultation. We will then be able to recommend the procedure that is most appropriate for you.
Is Laser Vision Correction (LVC) permanent?
Yes, LVC results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea. However, LVC will not prevent age-related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glasses) or cataracts. These conditions would still be treated in their normal manner.
Is Laser Vision Correction (LVC) painful?
There is little or no discomfort during the procedure. Eye drops are used to numb your eyes. No needles or injections are required. After LASIK, post-operative discomfort is minimal. However, it is common to have some eye irritation the first few hours. With PRK, the irritation may last for several days following the procedure
When can I return to work after LASIK or PRK?
Most patients notice dramatic improvement within the first few days following the procedure and are able to drive a car and return to work within one to three days. Most LASIK patients see quite well the next day. However, the speed of visual recovery ultimately depends on personal healing patterns. After LVC, restriction on activities is minimal. These will be covered in detail prior to the procedure.