Since the early days of refractive surgery with radial keratotomy (RK), tremendous advances in technology have occurred, making surgery safer, easier, and more accurate. Our goal with refractive surgery is to make you less dependent on glasses and contact lenses. We have at our disposal a variety of tools and procedures to help you achieve this goal.
Most patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism do quite well with LASIK. LASIK utilizes the extraordinary precision of the excimer laser to reshape your cornea to correct your refractive error and make you less dependent upon glasses or contacts. LASIK isn’t for everyone, though, and for those patients desiring laser refractive surgery who are unable to have LASIK, we can offer advanced surface ablation with PRK, which uses the exact same laser programmed in exactly the same way, the difference being that with PRK we work on the surface of the eye rather than underneath a flap as is the case with LASIK.
For patients whose nearsightedness is too extreme for LASIK or PRK, we can correct your vision with the Implantable Contact (collamer) Lens, or ICL. Here’s a link to more information: https://us.discovericl.com/ Dr. Schulze was the second surgeon in Georgia to implant an ICL, way back in 1999, and has extensive experience with this technology.
Older patients with presbyopia (good vision off in the distance but poor vision up close) may benefit from Refractive Lens Exchange with a Multifocal Intraocular Lens. Dr. Schulze will help you choose which of these procedures might be best for you.