Mature woman sitting on the sofa wearing glassesAdvanced surface ablation can be an effective way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is best for patients who might not be candidates for traditional Lasik surgeries. Drs. John A. Stefano and Michael Bert of Shenandoah Lasik and Cataract Center work closely with patients in the Winchester, VA, community to help them decide if advanced surface ablation is the solution for their eye and vision needs.

What is advanced surface ablation for the eyes?

Advanced surface ablation is a type of refractive surgery used to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This procedure involves using a laser to remove tissue from the cornea, the transparent outer layer of the eye. Unlike traditional Lasik surgeries, which create a flap in the cornea, advanced surface ablation leaves the cornea intact.

Advanced surface ablation aims to reshape the cornea so that light can be properly focused onto the retina, resulting in clearer vision. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Most people experience some improvement in vision within 24 hours after surgery, and most see their vision continue to improve over the next few weeks. In some cases, you may need a second procedure to achieve optimal results.

Advanced surface ablation is generally safe and effective, but as with any type of surgery, some risks are involved. These include infection, bleeding, and inflammation. Most people who have advanced surface ablation surgery experience little to no discomfort, and have excellent results. However, it’s important to discuss all risks and benefits with your doctor before undergoing any refractive surgery.

Learn more about advanced surface ablation

If you are considering advanced surface ablation, you must consult an experienced eye surgeon who can evaluate your specific situation and determine if this procedure is proper for you. Call Shenandoah Lasik and Cataract Center of Winchester, VA, to book an appointment with Drs. John A. Stefano and Michael Bert. The office can be reached at 540-722-6200 and is open to new patients and the area.

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