Laser Vision Correction

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) are refractive surgery techniques used to help improve vision by modifying the cornea. They correct common eye disorders such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism in order to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) are refractive surgery techniques used to help improve vision by modifying the cornea. They correct common eye disorders such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism in order to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. 

At Medical Eye Specialists, every procedure for laser vision correction begins with a free consultation. We understand the importance of your vision and we are dedicated to a “patient first” philosophy of care. Our team will take the time to explain every step of the evaluation process and the processes of the procedures, and review whether you are a candidate for LASIK, PRK or lens-based refractive surgeries.

The Basics of LASIK

LASIK is performed in three steps:

A thin flap of tissue is created using a femtosecond laser.

The cornea is gently reshaped using an excimer laser, correcting the underlying refractive errors.

The flap is laid back down to heal with the rest of the eye’s tissues.

LASIK Recovery

The laser treatment only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes, and most patients are able to return to work and their usual activities within 1 to 2 days after their surgery. Some patients will be able to see clearly the next day, whereas others will notice an improvement over several days.

Custom LASIK

We are proud to offer Custom “all laser” LASIK to our patients in Southwest Montana. Custom LASIK begins by making a 3D map of your eye with a device known as a Wavescan. The 3D map will create a treatment specific to your eye. The Wavescan will also map your iris, allowing your personalized treatment to be lined up with your eye in a very precise manner.

The Basics of PRK

PRK is performed in three steps:

The surface of the cornea (the epithelium) is removed and discarded.

The cornea is gently reshaped using an excimer laser, correcting the underlying refractive errors.

A “bandage” soft contact is placed over the cornea to protect the eye.

PRK Recovery

The laser treatment only takes about 15 minutes total for both eyes. Initial recovery from PRK surgery is a slower than recovery from LASIK because it takes a few days for the epithelium to regenerate. Vision improvement is gradual and may a few days to one week.

LASIK & PRK Side Effects & Risks

It’s important to have realistic expectations when considering refractive surgery. The day after the procedure, your eyes may feel sensitive to light and you may experience some tearing. Like any surgical procedure, LASIK and PRK can result in complications. However, the overwhelming majority of these complications are mild, and many will resolve on their own. The Medical Eye Specialists team will review all of the risks and benefits of refractive surgery with you in person to help you make an informed decision.

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