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Lasik & Ortho-K Compared

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Lasik and Ortho-K are two amazing technologies for the treatment of blurry vision which may reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or daytime contacts.  

Here are answers to common questions about Lasik and Ortho-K.

Common Questions

LASIK

ORTHO-K

How does it work?

A flap of the outer 100 microns of the cornea is created using a laser (Intralase) or a blade (microkeratome).  The excimer laser evaporates away corneal tissue to change the shape of the eye permanently.  The flap is placed back in position.

Carefully designed retainer lenses made of rigid gas permeable materials rest on the cornea while you sleep.  Using gentle fluid forces the cells of the outer layer of the cornea move to take the shape necessary to correct your vision.

Is the vision correction reversible?

No. Lasik is permanent and non-reversible.

Ortho-K is reversible. 

What prescriptions can be treated?

Lasik treats nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness within certain limits.  Lasik treats a wider range of prescriptions than ortho-K.

An exam is required to determine candidacy.  Results may vary based on the amount or type of prescription.

Ortho-K works best for nearsightedness with or without mild astigmatism.  Farsightedness can be treated within certain limits.

Not all prescriptions qualify. An exam is required to determine candidacy.  Results may vary based on the amount or type of prescription.

Does the effect wear off?

Lasik remains stable for many years, with mild regression in some patients over time.

If you stop wearing the retainer lenses, your vision returns to pre-treatment levels within a few days

Is there an age restriction?

Yes.  Candidates must be 21 or older with a stable prescription.

No.  Ortho-K can be used for children and adults. 

Does it hurt?

Lasik patients experience minor discomfort, if any, during the first week.

Ortho-K retainer lenses are rigid in order to change the shape of the eye.  As such, lens awareness is common at first.  They are not bothersome with eyes closed closed.  Patients report no disruption to sleep due to discomfort. 

Can I get a “bifocal” prescription with Lasik or Ortho-K?

Lasik alone does not create a true bifocal effect.  Many patients do well with one eye corrected to see far and one to read (monovision).

Others choose to have both eyes corrected to see far requiring the use of reading glasses for near work. 

 Ortho-K is much like Lasik, and can be designed for distance only or monovision correction.

New multifocal designs are gaining popularity.  Ortho-K treatments can be modified to adjust the effectiveness of treatment.

What if I have dry eyes?

Increased dryness is the most common side effect of Lasik.  Frequent use of eye drops is required for the first three months until corneal nerves re-grow through the Lasik flap. 

Ortho-K retainer lenses are worn with the eyes closed, so they are not affected by dryness.  Many patients with dry eyes enjoy ortho-K because they see great all day without the frustration of contact-lens related dryness. 

How long before I see clearly?

Vision is clear almost immediately, with some haze and halos especially during the first week.  Most patients see 20/40 or better right away.  Vision may take 3 months to fully stabilize.

Rarely, a retreatment is required to achieve full correction.

The rate of treatment depends on the amount of your prescription.  Most patients with less than 3 diopters of myopia will see 20/20 to 20/40 the morning after the first treatment. Higher prescriptions may take a week to stabilize. 

What are the risks?

Adverse side effects may include infection, flap complications, under or over-correction, glare, or halos at night. 

The main risk are infection or superficial abrasions of the cornea.  Some experience halos at night.  Over or under correction can occur, but can usually be improved with lens re-design.

What does it cost?

Between $2,200 and $3,800 depending on whether traditional or blade-free

Between $1,595 to $2,695 depending on complexity.

Is there a guarantee?

A lifetime enhancement guarantee is commonly offered by most surgeons.  Enhancements are performed when vision is significantly below the expected level.  Money-back guarantees are not offered.

At Progressive Eye Care, we offer a money-back guarantee (less a non-refundable amount) within the first 90 days if treatment is not satisfactory.

For more information about Lasik, click here

For more detailed information and to see a video explaining ortho-K, click here.

 

 

Easy Ways to Get Started

If you would like to know if you (or a family member) are a candidate for Lasik or Ortho-K, here's how to get started:

1.  Call us at 801-676-2020 to schedule an appointment or to have your questions by one of our highly-trained staff.  

2.  Click here to schedule a FREE Consultation

 

3.  Click the “Contact Me” link under the Resources menu above to submit general questions via email. 

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