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Vision correction surgery

Reduce or eliminate the need for contacts and eyeglasses

To speak with someone about selecting a LASIK surgeon,
call 612-775-8841
or 1-888-301-0021.

Vision correction surgery

Vision correction surgery means freedom for busy father of two

After having laser vision correction surgery at Phillips Eye Institute, Matt Kolb’s vision has improved to the point where it is better than what the chart in his doctor’s office can measure.

The goal of refractive surgery, also called laser vision correction, is to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and other eye conditions.

Which surgery is right for me?

You should first meet with a eye surgeon who can:

  • determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction
  • assess your needs and eyeglasses or contact prescription
  • recommend which procedure is best for you.

Once you agree on the procedure, the surgeon will give instructions for everything from preparing for the surgery to recovery.

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Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness is when the eyes focus incorrectly, making distant objects appear blurred.

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LASIK

LASIK is eye surgery that permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) in order to improve vision and reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

Learn more about LASIK in our health encyclopedia.

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Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a condition in which the lens of the eye loses its ability to focus, making it difficult to see objects up close.

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Farsightedness

Farsightedness is difficulty seeing objects that are nearby.

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Astigmatism

Astigmatism is an eye disorder in which the cornea (the clear tissue covering the front of the eye) is abnormally curved, causing out-of-focus vision.

Learn more about astigmatism in our health encyclopedia.

Why choose Phillips Eye Institute for your vision correction surgery?

Phillips Eye Institute is the region’s only eye specialty hospital. Everything it does is centered on providing quality eye care, and it has been recognized for its patient safety practices. It has a strong history in performing laser vision correction surgery – in fact, it participated in the clinical trials that led to LASIK approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration years ago.

LASIK and PRK for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism

To speak with someone about selecting a LASIK surgeon,
call 612-775-8841
or 1-888-301-0021.

Vision correction surgery

Vision correction surgery means freedom for busy father of two

After having laser vision correction surgery at Phillips Eye Institute, Matt Kolb’s vision has improved to the point where it is better than what the chart in his doctor’s office can measure.

Refractive procedure videos

Learn more about LASIK, who is a good candidate for refractive surgery and more.


The most well-known types of refractive surgery -- laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) -- both correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

The procedures take about 15 minutes and are relatively painless. Most patients are able to return to work the next day.

LASIK and PRK both utilize the excimer laser and rely on advanced computer technology to program the equipment for each patient's specific prescription to achieve the best results.

LASIK

To perform LASIK, the surgeon creates a flap in the cornea using either femtosecond laser or a special tool, called a microkeratome. This flap is folded back and the excimer laser is then used to vaporize the some of the corneal tissue beneath to reshape the cornea.

The time it takes the laser to remove tissue depends on the patient's prescription. A higher prescription requires more time.

The cornea is then folded back into position to complete the procedure. Only the edge of the thin layer of corneal tissue needs to heal. The return of vision is rapid and patients do not experience very much post-operative discomfort or pain.

Phillips Eye Institute offers laser-only, or bladeless, LASIK. Instead of using the microkeratome, or blade, the surgeon uses a high energy laser to cut the thin layer of cornea before folding it back.

PRK

Sometimes referred to as advanced surface ablation (ASA), PRK was the original vision correction procedure to use the excimer laser. Since its FDA approval in 1995, the excimer laser has undergone several technological improvements.

With PRK, the laser is applied directly to the cornea and removes the surface layer of corneal cells in order to reach the stromal layer of the cornea. A gentle brush-like instrument, chemicals, the laser or other tools are then used to remove the cells.

At the end of surgery, a soft contact lens, which works as a bandage, is placed on the eye and the patient is given eye drops.

Over the next 3 to 7 days, the corneal surface cells regenerate, and the contact is removed. Vision improves soon after the contact is removed. It may take three to six months to achieve maximum vision.

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Nearsightedness

Nearsightedness is when the eyes focus incorrectly, making distant objects appear blurred.

Learn more about nearsightedness in our health encyclopedia.

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LASIK

LASIK is eye surgery that permanently changes the shape of the cornea (the clear covering on the front of the eye) in order to improve vision and reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

Learn more about LASIK in our health encyclopedia.


Source: Phillips Eye Institute
Reviewed by: Emmett Carpel, MD
First Published: 05/10/2010
Last Reviewed: 05/10/2010

Laser vision correction surgeons

To speak with someone about selecting a LASIK surgeon,
call 612-775-8841
or 1-888-301-0021.

Vision correction surgery

Vision correction surgery means freedom for busy father of two

After having laser vision correction surgery at Phillips Eye Institute, Matt Kolb’s vision has improved to the point where it is better than what the chart in his doctor’s office can measure.

These credentialed ophthalmologists perform refractive surgery at Phillips Eye Institute.

Vision correction surgery means freedom for busy father of two

After having laser vision correction surgery at Phillips Eye Institute, Matt Kolb’s vision has improved to the point where it is better than what the chart in his doctor’s office can measure.




To be able to see this well is amazing

After her optometrist mentioned that she would be a good candidate for vision correction surgery, she thought about it for a few years before deciding to look into it. That led her to Keith Carlson, MD, an ophthalmologist with Allina Medical Clinic in Eagan and Farmington and Claris Eye Care and Surgery.