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Stony Brook

215 Hallock Road Suite 2

Stony Brook, NY 11790 United States

(631) 675-6909

Coram Office

3650 Rte 112, Suite 101

Coram, NY 11727 United States

(631) 732-0822

Westhampton Beach Office

200 Montauk Highway

Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 United States

(631) 283-0220

Southhold Office

44210 Route 48, Unit 1 P.O. Box 463

Southold, NY 11971 United States

(631) 765-3092

Riverhead Office

1224 Ostrander Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901 United States

631-727-2858

Types of Refractive Surgery

patient in surgery

There are several types of refractive surgery available to correct vision problems caused by refractive errors, including:

  • LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis)
  • Custom or bladeless LASIK
  • Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK)
  • Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK)
  • Epi-LASIK
  • Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)
  • Phakic Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)
  • Refractive Lens Exchange (Clear Lens Extraction)

Most of these procedures involve reshaping the curvature of the cornea with laser or heat. Sometimes, a very thin flap is made in the cornea, so the ophthalmologist can access and reshape the cornea underneath. Afterwards, the flap is replaced and the cornea is allowed heal on its own, without the need for sutures.

Before deciding on a type of refractive surgery, talk to your ophthalmologist about the potential risks and side effects. Keep in mind that there is not a single best procedure for everyone. Your ophthalmologist can help you choose a procedure that fits your visual requirements and lifestyle.

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