Refractive Eye Surgery Options

Refractive surgery refers to a family of surgical procedures designed to produce better eye focus with less dependence upon glasses or contact lenses for nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia), and astigmatic individuals. This field is one of the most exciting and intensively studied in modern ophthalmology, offering patients the realistic prospect of safe, effective, and significant visual improvement.

Historically, ophthalmologists have long performed refractive surgery. Procedures that have an influence on either of the eye's natural focusing elements—the cornea or the internal lens—will have an impact on how well the eye can focus. Cataract surgery and corneal transplantation are therefore also members of the family of refractive surgical procedures performed routinely by ophthalmologists every day.

The most common laser refractive procedures today are photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK) and Laser Assisted In-Situ Kertomielusis (LASIK). Each option offers different advantages based on the patient’s eye health. In addition, our Laser Vision Correction Center offers further customization of both surgical options based on vision goals and budget. One of the newest non-laser refractive surgical options to correct refractive errors is the EVO ICL, an Implantable Collamer® Lens. The ICL provides another effective option for patients who are not candidates for PRK or LASIK procedures.

Although vision correction surgery is often associated with younger patients, people 45 and over can also benefit from refractive eye surgery whether or not they have cataracts. If you want visual freedom, Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is the powerful way to correct your vision. At NYEE, we offer a wide variety of intraocular lenses that give patients the ability to have the best vision, to reduce the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, and to customize their lenses to fit their lifestyle.