For those of us who weren’t fortunate enough to be born with “good” eyesight, modern medicine and technology can give us a second chance. And for many people, especially those with very poor natural vision, refractive eye surgeries can offer an opportunity to leave behind visual handicaps and live life on a whole new level.
As one LASIK patient told us via email, “I would have to say that it was a miracle second only to the birth of my children. It was a dream come true that I never thought I would realize since I had been so severely nearsighted since childhood. It gives me tremendous freedom and joy every day.”
LASIK and Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) have become so common that most people need only look to their family and friends for personal testimonies. In fact, even the United States Air Force approves of LASIK and PRK for its aviators.
At Randolph Eye Care Center, our Ophthalmologist, Dr. Rick Walker, is an expert eye surgeon who treats each and every LASIK and PRK candidate as if they were a member of his own family. He exhaustively examines the health of each patient’s eyes, their visual limitations, their daily lives, work environment, and hobbies. He will only perform surgeries if he is absolutely certain that the procedure is 100% safe for the eyes, and the outcome can match the patient’s expectations.
But we want you to know that LASIK and PRK are not for everyone. They’re surgical procedures that permanently alter the shape of a patient’s corneas, which carries certain inherent risks, and not all patients will be able to achieve 20/20 vision, regardless of the quality of the surgery.
If you’re interested in refractive eye surgery, please watch this short video clip featuring important considerations one should make about LASIK and PRK. And if you’re seriously considering these procedures, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation, where we’ll walk you through the mechanics, pros, cons, benefits, and realities of LASIK and PRK.