Laser Eye Surgery in Brooklyn NY
Nearsightedness is a spreading problem in the U.S., with more than 41% of the population suffering from some level of myopia. Eyeglasses and contact lenses provide correction, but are not a long-term solution. Fortunately, advances in technology have provided a treatment for myopia that offers long-term, even permanent results – laser eye surgery.
Park Slope Eye has performed hundreds of successful procedures in laser eye surgery in our Brooklyn NY eye care clinic. Laser eye surgery is an in-office procedure, and recovery for most patients is just a few days.
How Laser Eye Surgery Works
Laser eye surgery (also known as refractive surgery) uses a medical laser called a microkeratome to reshape the curvature of the cornea of the eye. We do this by removing small amounts of tissue behind the surface of the cornea, which flattens and shapes the lens to improve the refraction of light, thus improving vision.
You may choose to have laser surgery for binocular vision, in which the corneas of both eyes are reshaped to provide both near and far vision, which is the best choice for depth perception. Or we can correct for monovision, in which one eye is corrected for near vision and the other eye is corrected for distance vision.
Another type of laser eye surgery is photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), which involves a different type of preparation of the cornea. This is a better option for some patients, although recovery time is generally longer.
Who May Benefit from Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser eye surgery may be a good choice for correcting myopia or astigmatism for patients who:
- Are at least 18 years of age
- Are in good general health
- Have had a stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Are not currently pregnant and have not been nursing in the last 6 months
As with any surgery there are risks associated. We will discuss these in detail with you during your office visit.