A specialist in refractive surgery is a doctor who focuses on correcting vision problems without relying on glasses or contact lenses. They commonly treat conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia (age-related difficulty in focusing), and irregular corneas. They employ procedures such as LASIK (using a laser to reshape the cornea), PRK (removing a thin layer of the cornea), implantable lenses, conductive keratoplasty, and corneal cross-linking to improve and restore clear vision based on the specific needs of each patient.
LASIK is a procedure where a laser is used to reshape the cornea, correcting vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
PRK is a procedure where a thin layer of the cornea is removed to reshape it and improve vision without the need for creating a corneal flap.
Implantable lenses are artificial lenses that are surgically inserted into the eye to correct refractive errors and provide clear vision.
Conductive keratoplasty is a procedure where controlled radiofrequency energy is used to reshape the cornea and improve near vision for individuals with presbyopia.
Corneal cross-linking is a procedure that involves applying a special type of eye drops and using ultraviolet light to strengthen the cornea, halting the progression of keratoconus, a condition characterized by thinning and bulging of the cornea.