Are you tired of wearing glasses? Annoyed with the daily grind of wearing contact lenses? The WK Eye Institute team would be honored to help alleviate these problematic issues. Laser Vision Correction could be the best choice for you.
Laser Vision Correction, also known as LVC, is a term used to describe any surgical procedure that corrects common vision issues. Problems such as Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia are correctable in most cases with the right treatment plan. Our team offers three generations of Laser Vision Correction procedures such as SMILE®, LASIK, and PRK. Choosing the correct technique to fit you and your lifestyle will alleviate the need for prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses.
“I had Lasik, and my husband had PRK with Dr. Shelby and Leigh. Everything about our experience was top notch. All of the staff were kind and professional, and we are more than pleased with our results. We highly recommend vision repair surgery with Dr. Shelby and Dr. Leigh.”
– HealthGrades, Kara T.
It’s important you meet with a skilled and experienced ophthalmologist such as Dr. Chris Shelby and Dr. Wyche Coleman III to see what method best fits you and your needs. Our team will conduct a thorough exam checking for visual and structural issues, high eye pressure, as well as dry and inflamed eye tissue. Factors such as your overall health, lifestyle, and occupation are also taken into consideration when choosing the procedure best for you. Not every patient is the same; thus each case is tailored to optimize best corrected visual results.
Photorefractive Keratectomy, also known as PRK, is our 1st generation of Laser Vision Correction. PRK is a type of laser surgery used to treat patients with Myopia (nearsighted), Hyperopia (farsighted), or have astigmatism. This procedure generally works best for those who suffer from mild to moderate vision issues. PRK is a procedure that acts as an alternative to LASIK. It offers the same vision correction as LASIK but differs in how it prepares the surface of the cornea.
When PRK is done, the soft outer covering of the eye is removed, and the Excimer Laser is used to reshape the cornea. This is used to correct the ability of the eye to focus both for distance or close up. Astigmatism, in some cases, can also be corrected with PRK.
Once the laser treatment is complete, a contact lens is placed protecting the eye. Over the next 3-5 days, the soft outer covering begins to grow back, and vision is restored.
PRK is also an excellent option for patients whose cornea is either too thin or too dry. It’s also worth noting this can be the procedure of choice if the patient is more likely to take a jarring blow to the head from extreme sports activities like Tae Kwon Do or boxing.
Considered to be 2nd Generation Laser Vision Correction, Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, also known as LASIK is the most common refractive surgery performed in the United States. LASIK requires the use of two lasers, where one of them is used to create a flap at the top layer of the cornea. This flap is then gently folded back, allowing the laser to re-sculpt the cornea.
The patient is then put under the Excimer laser, where it reshapes the cornea under a protective layer of tissue. The Excimer laser is extremely precise and uses cool ultraviolet light to treat the cornea. At this point, Dr. Shelby and Dr. Coleman will reposition your flap back into its original position where the healing process will begin.
Visual recovery usually occurs within 24 hours, and there is minimal discomfort after surgery. This is possible because the surface cells of your eyes heal more quickly than any other part of your body.
WK Eye Institute is the only location in the state of Louisiana to offer SMILE®, also known as, Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. This 3rd Generation Laser Vision Correction is considered the most technologically advanced procedure available while also being less invasive as previous generations of Laser Vision Correction Procedures.
The ReLEx SMILE® laser works to apply a series of tiny bubbles to create what is called a lenticular. The laser then creates a small, 4mm incision allowing your surgeon access and remove the targeted piece of tissue to improve your vision. In less than 30 seconds, the patient’s cornea has been reshaped granting the patient optimal visual results.
Because fewer nerves are severed due to not having a flap cut, there is less discomfort and chance of dry eye. Another bonus of SMILE®, no flap means the integrity of the cornea remains intact with no risk of flap-related issues. Our patients can return to work and other regular daily activities in as little as 24 hours after treatment. Swimming and sports-related activities can resume as soon as a week after the procedure. Patients are often driving themselves the next morning and returning to their regular everyday lives.
If you are tired of spending too much money on contacts and glasses, call our office to see if Laser Vision Correction is right for you. We have locations all over the Arl-La-Tex, including North Shreveport, South Shreveport, Coushatta, Pierremont and Natchitoches.
There is no need to live with lousy vision when our experienced team of surgeons can help you see your best. Schedule a consultation today to see which Laser Vision Correction treatment is right for you!