Surgical Vision Correction
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.
We work with the top surgeons around the state to make sure our patients have access to the latest technology and the procedure that is right for them. Our patients get the benefit of access to the best surgeons and technology available with the convenience of after-care close to home in our office.
While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Even if you have previously been told you were not a candidate for laser vision correction, technology is constantly evolving. There are several procedures besides LASIK that may be an option. Dr. Virden will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs.
Clear Lens Extraction
Advancements in cataract surgery have led to new technologies in lens replacement surgery designed to correct refractive error. As a result, clear lens extraction is very similar to cataract surgery, but has multiple benefits that extend well beyond. Clear Lens Extraction is a vision correction procedure intended to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for people over the age of 40. Clear lens exchange may be a better procedure for someone who is considering LASIK who is also over the age of 40. For such patients, clear lens extraction (CLE) is an excellent option worthy of serious consideration.
Like cataract surgery, this procedure involves removing the natural lens of the eye and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant, which can be either a multifocal IOL implant, a phakic IOL, or an accommodating IOL. Please consult our doctors to determine what IOL is right for you and your unique vision.
Other types of refractive surgery, such as LASIK laser vision correction, accomplish good vision by changing the shape of your cornea. Unlike these other refractive procedures that change the shape of the cornea, CLE corrects vision by removing the natural lens in the eye and replacing it with a new artificial lens of a different focusing power. This is exactly the same process used during cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is currently one of the top procedures reimbursed by Medicare, and millions of cataracts are removed every year.