grateful adult man hug smiling middle aged mother show love and carePatients who have imperfect eyesight may know that solutions such as contact lenses and prescription eyeglasses can help. But what can be done outside of these solutions? Is there another way to improve eyesight? For some patients who visit Shenandoah LASIK and Cataract Center of Winchester, VA, advanced surface ablation surgery may be discussed. This treatment can be used to improve and even perfect one’s vision, allowing them to stop relying on contact lenses, prescription eyeglasses, and other vision aids. Drs. John A. Stefano and Michael Bert educate patients on this common procedure used for vision correction.

What is advanced surface ablation?

Advanced surface ablation, also known as femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, or more commonly referred to as LASIK, is a unique type of refractive surgery that corrects vision. It is similar to traditional LASIK surgery, but instead of using a mechanical device to create the corneal flap, a femtosecond laser is used. This allows for a more precise and customized procedure.

What is the process of advanced surface ablation?

The advanced surface ablation procedure begins with the creation of a thin flap on the surface of the eye. Once the flap is lifted, the underlying corneal tissue is exposed. The surgeon then uses the laser to reshape the cornea, which helps to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Finally, the flap is replaced and allowed to heal.

What can I expect after my procedure?

Most people who undergo advanced surface ablation surgery experience significant improvements in their vision. In fact, many people achieve 20/20 vision or better after surgery. There is usually some recovery time required after surgery, but most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. Complications from advanced surface ablation surgery are rare, but can include dry eyes, light sensitivity, and difficulty with night vision.

How do I learn more about this treatment?

Drs. John A. Stefano and Michael Bert of Shenandoah LASIK and Cataract Center in Winchester, VA encourages patients who are thinking about this treatment to ask about their candidacy. Call 540-722-6200 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation to learn more. The office is located at 142 Linden Drive, Suite #108 and open to new patients.

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