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Laser Vision Correction: Is it Right For You?

Are you tired of your glasses fogging up? Do you wish you could see while swimming, instead of removing your glasses or contact lenses? Do your glasses get in the way of your exercise routine, your social life, your appearance, or perhaps you are you tired of constantly changing your contact lenses?

Countless people want to be free of glasses or contact lenses. That’s why millions of people just like you have chosen Laser Vision Correction which includes LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), PRK (photor-efractive keratectomy), and RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) procedures.

If you are considering laser vision correction, it’s important to understand your options; For example, what procedure is best for your circumstances? What will give you the optimal outcome? And the most critical question of all is, who are the most experienced Ophthalmology Experts? When you are trusting your vision to someone, it’s imperative to go with the best!

Ocala Eye is the largest, most experienced eye care practice in North Central Florida. Since Ocala Eye was founded in 1971, more people from Marion and surrounding counties trust their eyes to the ophthalmologists there than any other eye care group.

Ocala Eye was the first practice in North Central Florida to perform no-stitch/no-patch cataract surgery, LASIK, DMEK/DSAEK corneal transplantation, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and their list of innovation and expertise goes on and on. Because Ocala Eye is a completely comprehensive eye care practice, there is no need to be referred out of town for specialized eye care. In fact, patients from out of town are referred to them. And there is always an eye surgeon on call, 24-hours a day of every day of the year.

LASIK
Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. The only way to know for sure is to schedule an eye exam and consultation. However, there a few questions that can determine which eye procedure is right for you. If you see normally with glasses or contacts, there is a good chance that you are a candidate for LASIK. LASIK is approved for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism for patients 18 years of age and older, who have healthy and stable eyes.

The most common vision problems are refractive errors. This happens when the light is no longer filtering correctly through the lens into the retina. LASIK can correct refractive errors by refocusing the light on the retina. The procedure will change the shape of the cornea with a femtosecond laser, in which a small flap is made in the lens, and the Excimer laser reshapes the eye. LASIK surgery today is truly bladeless and painless. It only takes a few days to notice visual clearing and significant improvement in one’s vision.

PRK
About 20% of patients are not qualified to get LASIK treatment. These patients typically have thin corneas or dry eyes. PRK works in the same way as LASIK, except there is no flap. PRK has been around for many years, even before LASIK and the end results are the same; however, it does take a little longer for the healing process to take place with PRK.

RLE
When we are young, the crystalline lens (lies behind the corneal lens) is very flexible, which allows for quick fluctuation of eyesight between near and far objects. As we age, the crystalline lens becomes more rigid, making it difficult to change focus. This usually begins with near vision, which makes it challenging to read a label on a jar or small print in a magazine. Eventually, discoloration begins to take place and colors are washed out, or a glare and night vision problems occur. For these reasons, LASIK and PRK might not be beneficial.

RLE is a better option when these symptoms occur because it doesn’t just treat the lens for distance. An intraocular lens is implanted, so that the wide-
range of vision is totally restored, which usually allows patients to no longer depend on glasses for near, far or in between. An added benefit is that if you do have or still need glasses, the prescription usually no longer needs to be changed, as the implant will continue to stay the same throughout the aging process.

Typically, LASIK and PRK are suitable for ages 18-55, while RLE is better suited for 55 and older.

The Ocala Eye Surgery Center, wholly owned by the partners of Ocala Eye, is the area’s largest stand-
alone ambulatory surgery center dedicated exclusively to surgery of the eye. Certified by the AAAHC, the Ocala Eye Surgery Center has been nationally recognized as a center of excellence.

Ocala Eye is a patient-centered practice, with all of the decisions made based on the patient’s benefit and well-being. Their patients’ satisfaction reflects this philosophy. Ocala Eye has a passion for providing the highest level of complete eye care and aesthetic services.

www.ocalaeye.com
352-622-5183

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4414 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34474

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1500 S.E. Magnolia Ext., Suite 106, Ocala, FL 34471
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1950 Laurel Manor Drive, Suite 250
The Villages, FL 32162
(352) 430-3356

200 West Office
8520 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, FL 34481
(352) 854-0052

Ocala Eye Surgery Center
3330 S.W. 33rd Road, Ocala, FL 34474
(352) 873-9311

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