What is refractive surgery?
Refractive surgery is a set of surgical procedures aimed at eliminating or minimizing different ocular pathologies such as myopia (poor distance vision), hyperopia (poor near vision) and astigmatism. In this way, the patient can reduce the use of glasses or contact lenses and even do without them.
For patients who cannot opt for this type of surgical procedure (using laser), there are other treatments such as the implantation of an intraocular lens in the eye. To achieve this, the ophthalmologist will perform an exhaustive analysis to determine which type of treatment is appropriate.
This treatment is usually given to people who present symptoms of the following pathologies:
For more than 10 years, Oftálica has been developing multiple techniques to combat various eye pathologies.
- LASIK: It is the most commonly used in refractive surgery to correct the most common eye pathologies such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. It is a painless, safe and personalized surgical procedure that lasts only 5 minutes. The operation consists of lifting a thin layer of the cornea, thus leaving free the area where the laser will be applied directly on the inner part of the cornea, in order to cut it and correct the ocular pathology in question, whether it is myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.
Once the procedure is completed, the patient must spend a short period of rest in the hospital before being able to return home. During the first day of the operation and after the surgery, the patient will begin to notice his visual recovery and will be able to dispense with the use of glasses or contact lenses.
- PRK/LASEK: consists of the separation of the epithelium, which is the most superficial layer of the cornea, using a special alcohol solution. The excimer laser is then applied to correct the curvature of the cornea and eliminate the refractive defect.
The ophthalmologist repositions the epithelium (in the case of LASEK technique, not in the case of PRK technique) and places an external protective lens that the patient will wear for a few days.
- Intraocular lens: This technique consists of placing an intraocular lens in the eye, without replacing the natural crystalline lens. It is the best option for those patients who, due to various pathologies, do not admit refractive surgery with laser or Lasik technique.
In Oftálica we use the best techniques to improve the vision of our patients and thus achieve the maximum reduction of the symptoms and pathologies they present.