Determining What Type of Laser Vision Correction Works for You

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LASIK

LASIK (laser in situ keratomilieusis) is a surgical procedure that reshapes the cornea to correct the irregularities that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This advanced elective procedure has helped millions to decrease or eliminate their need for glasses and contact lenses. Satisfied patients find that their quality of life increases when they are able to perform simple day-to-day tasks relying on their own eyes to see the world around them. Learn More

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Blade-free LASIK

The all-laser, bladeless LASIK offered at Holcomb Laser Center relies solely on advanced laser technology to create the corneal flap and reshape the cornea. Bladeless LASIK is safer than traditional LASIK, reducing the inherent risks of surgery. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the safest and most advanced laser eye treatments, and bladeless LASIK helps to ensure the best possible results. Learn More

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PRK

PRK is a laser eye surgery that can often help those who have especially thin corneas, and are not good candidates for LASIK. Dr. Holcomb will first remove your corneal epithelium – this is the outermost layer of tissue that rests over your cornea. After removing this tissue, he can then reshape your cornea with lasers, correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. As you heal, the epithelium will regenerate, and you can experience vastly improved vision. Learn More

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LASIK vs PRK

LASIK surgery is appropriate for patients whose corneas measure at least 500 microns thick. Recovery is almost immediate, and you can return to daily activities the following day. If your cornea is too thin, creating a flap and completing a successful LASIK surgery may prove too difficult or risky. If your cornea is thinner than 500 microns, PRK may be the appropriate choice. While it requires a lengthier recovery period, the duration is still quite short, requiring only a handful of days away from your regular activities.

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Which Treatment is Right for You?

While LASIK is the more common refractive surgery, both LASIK and PRK are great options for patients who want clearer vision.  Both surgeries have the ability to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. You can best determine which treatment is right for you by visiting Dr. Holcomb and our team at Holcomb Laser Center for a free screening. Because he performs only LASIK and PRK, Dr. Holcomb leads a very focused practice. He will create a personalized care plan based on your unique needs.

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