Dr. Santiago Villazon is currently one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the Greater Boston area, having completed over 45,000 refractive surgeries. Dr. Villazon has served as Medical Director of TLC Laser Eye Centers Boston since 1997. In addition, he is Medical Director of Premier Vision Consultants, a private practice in which he specializes in cataract and implantable lens surgeries.
Laser vision correction is a general term for several eye surgeries used to correct refractive errors (i.e., how your eye focuses light). The most common types of laser eye surgery include LASIK & PRK. Both LASIK and PRK use a special laser, called an “excimer” laser, to reshape the cornea. This is what corrects vision. Laser eye surgery is used to correct patients’ distance vision. LASIK and/or PRK treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. At your free consultation you will receive a comprehensive, laser-eye-surgery-specific eye exam which will help determine which procedure is best for you. Most patients achieve 20/20 or better vision after laser eye surgery, but individual results may vary.
1. LASIK (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis)
LASIK is the most common laser eye surgery. LASIK starts with the creation of a thin flap in the cornea. Your surgeon uses a blade or a laser to make this flap. Dr. Villazon only performs LASIK with the 100% blade-free IntraLase™ FS technology. Patients not previously eligible for LASIK surgery may now be thanks to this state-of-the-art technology available at TLC Boston. This laser is considered more desirable by some doctors because of its precision, such as fewer visually significant complications. Once the flap is created, the excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea, which corrects the refractive error. Most patient experience little discomfort during, and after the LASIK procedure, returning to normal activities within a few short days.
2. PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
PRK is the second most common type of laser eye surgery. PRK starts with the removal of a portion of surface of the cornea or epithelial tissue. There is therefore no need for flap creation, and the removed tissue grows back under a protective contact lens. Some patients prefer PRK because they don’t want a corneal flap, and some patients are better candidates for PRK eye surgery than for LASIK (for instance, people with thin corneas). Once the epithelium is removed, a laser is used to reshape the cornea. The laser is the same (i.e., excimer) as the one used in LASIK. The PRK recovery period is a bit longer than that of LASIK, but the results are very similar to LASIK.
Who is a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
Laser eye surgery is recommended for people who:
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Who have had a stable eye prescription for at least 1 year
- Who are looking to correct their distance vision
- Who are in good overall health
- Who do not have cataracts, glaucoma, and some other ocular conditions
- Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
Only a trained optometrist or ophthalmologist can recommend if laser vision correction is right for you. Schedule your free consultation at TLC today!
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