What Type of Vision Problems Can be Corrected With LASIK?
Wearing glasses or corrective contact lenses can be bothersome for many people, especially if you live an active lifestyle, are contacts intolerant, suffer from dry eye or don’t like the function of glasses or how you look in frames. Men and women who want to take control of their vision can turn to trained ophthalmologists at Vold Vision. Our team is proud to offer advanced LASIK surgery and laser vision correction in Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Springdale, AR; and Northwest Arkansas
So, how does laser vision correction work, and what kind of issues can be treated with LASIK? LASIK reshapes the cornea to correct conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you are interested in learning about LASIK, call one of our vision professionals today. We can explain the types of corrective surgeries available and the benefits of each.
What is LASIK, and how does it work?
Do you have trouble seeing clearly while reading or at a distance? Refractive errors are the most common kind of eye disorder. These errors are caused when the eye bends light improperly on the retina, resulting in blurry or fuzzy images at different distances. The good news is that most refractive errors can be treated with laser vision correction. Vold Vision uses LASIK on the cornea so it can focus light as it should.
LASIK is so effective because of the modern techniques involved. An eye surgeon begins by creating a flap in the cornea to rework the underlying tissue. After surgery, the flap is carefully replaced so it can heal on its own. Advancements in computer imaging technology allow our specialists to perform the procedure with precision and great detail. Patients feel little to no discomfort during the process. We also offer other laser vision correction options such as PRK/LASEK or the new flap-less LASIK procedure, SMILE. One of our highly trained doctors will evaluate your eyes at a free consultation to help you determine which option is the best fit for your correction and lifestyle.
What can’t LASIK correct?
There are some vision conditions that cannot be addressed through LASIK. Read about them below:
Cataracts: Cataracts are an age-related condition that causes your vision to become cloudy or foggy. Because cataracts affect the lens of the eye and not the cornea, LASIK cannot treat them. We do however offer laser cataract surgery with the most advanced premium lenses available which can deliver LASIK-like results to patients with cataracts. Complimentary screenings are available in Fayetteville or Bentonville.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma damages the optic nerve of the eye over time, resulting in vision loss and at times eventually blindness. While you could still get laser vision correction after getting diagnosed with glaucoma, LASIK does not treat the condition itself. Dr. Vold is one of the world's leading glaucoma experts and has been able to help patients from across the globe manage their glaucoma with new and exciting treatments and procedures.
Keratoconus: Keratoconus causes the cornea to thin out and bulge in a cone-like shape. Patients with keratoconus should not have LASIK surgery because it can worsen their condition. Instead, we will help patients seek treatment with a keratoconus specialist.
What LASIK can correct
As we mentioned, LASIK can treat the following refractive errors:
Nearsightedness (myopia): Distant objects, like road signs or a movie screen, seem blurry. It occurs when light bends in front of the retina instead of on your retina.
Farsightedness (hyperopia): Nearby objects, like books and menus, seem blurry. It occurs when light bends behind the retina instead of on your retina. Not to be confused with Presbyopia, the condition that most over 40-year-old patients develop causing the need for reading glasses. This can be corrected by Clear Lens Exchange.
Astigmatism: Distorted vision occurs nearby and at a distance. You may also have a difficult time seeing clearly at night. This happens when the eye is shaped more like a football than a perfectly round ball.
Learn about laser vision correction
Are you ready to stop wearing contacts and glasses? Vold Vision can treat common refractive errors so you can see clearly for the first time. If you have been diagnosed with vision issues, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, in Fayetteville, AR; Rogers, AR; Bentonville, AR; Springdale, AR; and Northwest Arkansas call one of our team members for a consultation today. We can determine your eligibility for LASIK and provide you with the steps you need to move forward.