If you've always resigned yourself to going through life wearing glasses or dealing with removable contact lenses to correct your vision, you should know that there are options to correct refractive errors surgically (and permanently) -- and we offer those options at Naples eye Physicians. The skilled Naples eye doctors at our clinic, Dr. Rougraff and Dr. Byerly, can evaluate your condition and recommend LASIK or implantable contact lenses to provide you with many years of trouble-free, glasses-free visual clarity.
Refractive Errors and Their Correction
Many people suffer from a category of vision trouble known as refractive errors. A refractive error usually involves an abnormality in the shape or curvature of the lens, the cornea or the eyeball itself. These structures normally work together to refract incoming light into a focused image that lands squarely on the retina. Irregularities can therefore cause such well-known refractive errors as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. (Another type of refractive error, presbyopia, is caused by stiffening of the lens.) Traditionally, glasses and removable contacts have been used to compensate for refractive errors -- but many people don't like wearing these products or find them too inconvenient for their daily lives. Refractive eye surgery can create permanent vision correction in the eye itself to eliminate this dilemma.
Understanding Your Refractive Eye Surgery Options
The most popular type of refractive eye surgery is LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. This laser procedure can reshape the cornea to match your exact corrective vision prescription. The laser creates a flap that permits your Naples eye doctor to remove tiny bits of underlying corneal tissue before restoring the outer layer to its former position.
If your refractive error is too extreme or complex for LASIK to correct, you may opt for implantable contact lenses instead. Phakic intraocular lenses are attached to the front of the iris, while implantable collamer lenses are fitted between the iris and your natural lens. We can even install multifocal lenses to correct presbyopia or toric lenses to correct astigmatism.
What to Expect from Your Surgical Procedure
Both LASIK and contact lens implantation are quick, painless in-patient procedures. Your Naples eye doctor will provide anesthetic eye drops and sedation to keep you comfortable and still. In most cases, the incisions are so small and neat that they heal naturally without sutures. LASIK-corrected eyes begin to demonstrate visual improvements within days, continuing to stabilize in the following weeks. Contact lens implants deliver dazzling vision almost overnight. We will continue to monitor your recovery from either procedure to make sure you're getting the results you should.
Contact Your Naples Eye Doctor
If you need a more convenient vision correction option than eyeglasses or removable contacts can offer, then you need Naples Eye Physicians. Call 239-262-6288 to schedule a consultation with your Naples eye doctor and find out whether refractive eye surgery makes sense for you!