Refractive Surgery FAQs
No. We do not believe that everyone is. Everyone’s eyes are different. We don’t believe in a one-size fits all procedure, or a one-size fits all laser for that matter either.
Some people are best suited for LASIK, others PRK yet others do wonderfully with RK. An evaluation of your eyes, lifestyle and health will help us determine together with you which procedure would give you the best outcome.
Each laser has slightly different benefits. At the Refractive Surgery Centers of NJ, we can choose the laser that is best suited for your individual eyes.
The work-up is a comprehensive series of tests we perform on you to determine the exact measurements of your eyes. These measurements play a very significant role in the outcome of your procedure, as they are crucial to the operation of the laser.
At our practice, your readings are always checked and rechecked by an ophthalmologist.
Yes indeed! Studies indicate that the eye remains stable after the procedure. Barring unforeseen eye diseases as one ages, you will not likely become more nearsighted, more farsighted, or have more astigmatism. However, around age 40, presbyopia will set in, which is an age-related weakening of the muscles that control your eyes. You will need reading glasses to compensate for this. However, some people opt for a procedure called “monovision” which can eliminate the need for reading glasses.
In addition to monovision, there are some other remedies for presbyopia on the horizon.
Even if you have had refractive surgery, presbyopia will occur around this age and you will need “readers”. Though most people who have had refractive surgery are so thrilled that they don’t have to wear glasses like they used to, they don’t mind slipping on an occasional pair of readers.However, if you want to be free of readers we can give you monovision. In monovision we sculpt a different prescription into each eye, so you can see near out of one eye and far out of the other. Monovision is not for everyone, though some of our patients love it.
In our office we strongly recommend that you “try out” monovision before you have it done. We give you contacts with different prescriptions to give you the same effect that monovision would. This will give you a very good indication of whether or not monovision is right for you.
Also, ask us about a new laser on the horizon which may treat presbyopia in the future.
The most common side effect is seeing haloes or starbursts around lights, which everyone sees to a certain degree even without the surgery. Every possible measure will be taken to reduce the possibility of a problem after the procedure. We are a team of board-certified ophthalmologists, including a corneal specialist, who have spent our lives taking care of people eyes. We encourage you to talk to us about your concerns, and be assured that we have the experience to handle anything that may arise.