Freedom from Glasses & Contacts
If you have found that glasses and contacts are not ideal for your lifestyle, you may want to consider laser eye surgery. Laser vision correction procedures, such as LASIK and PRK, can provide you with clear, crisp vision. No contacts or glasses required.
Just like any elective surgical procedure, choosing to undergo laser eye surgery is a big decision to make. That is why the team at Eye Rx offers laser eye surgery consultations to help you determine if corrective eye surgery is the right choice for you.
Laser Eye Surgery Types
LASIK is the most commonly performed form of laser eye surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will create a small flap in your epithelium (the thin outer layer of your cornea), which is then pulled back to reveal the inner layers. These inner layers are then carefully reshaped using a laser, and then the flap is replaced when the surgery is complete.
PRK also uses a laser to correct your vision by gently reshape your cornea. During PRK, the epithelium is removed before your cornea is reshaped with a laser. After the surgery, your epithelium will regrow over the course of a few days.
PRK has a longer recovery time than LASIK but does offer some advantages for a few patients. Since there is no flap created, there is no chance of developing flap-related complications. Not having to deal with a flap also means that the entire thickness of the underlying cornea is available for treatment, which makes this procedure ideal for patients with thin corneas.
During Your Consultation
During your consultation, we will perform a series of tests to determine if laser eye surgery is a good choice for you. These tests assess and consider several factors, including the size of your pupils, your corneal thickness, your general health, your family history of eye disease, and your current prescription.
If we determine that laser eye surgery is a good option for you, we will go over the benefits of the procedure with you and let you know what results you can reasonably expect. We will also cover the potential risks and complications that might arise and address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you decide to undergo the procedure, we will refer you to our laser eye surgery partner, TLC Laser Eye Centers. We will then work with your surgeon to co-manage your pre and post-operative care, and help ensure that the whole process goes as smoothly as possible.
After Your Surgery
After your surgery is complete, we will schedule a series of follow up appointments with you. These appointments are critical because they allow us to monitor your recovery closely and address any additional questions or concerns you may have regarding the healing process.
For more information about laser eye surgery, please speak to your optometrist during your next appointment. You can schedule a consultation by contacting our Chevy Chase office at (301) 841-6776 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 659-2010 or filling out our contact form.
We also welcome walk-in patients.