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LASIK &PRK

LASIK

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. It is the most commonly performed laser vision corrective surgery in the world, and has been instrumental in helping millions of people eliminate their need for glasses and contacts.

A patient undergoing LASIK surgery will first receive anesthetic eye drops to ensure that the entire procedure is pain-free. We then use the state-of-the-art WaveLight® FS200 Femtosecond Laser to create a thin flap in the outermost layer of the cornea without the need for any blade, and takes only about 6 seconds. Once the corneal flap is created, it is gently lifted aside to expose the tissue underneath.

Next our Allegretto Wave™ excimer laser, which has the largest FDA approved range for precise vision correction, is used to precisely reshape the cornea. The corneal flap is then repositioned to allow your eyes to heal as quickly and comfortably as possible.

The ophthalmologists of Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Eye Surgeons are leaders in the field of LASIK and PRK vision correction and have lectured internationally on the subject. By combining exceptional skill and experience with advanced technology, our doctors provide residents in and around Troy, Detroit, and Birmingham with LASIK surgery of unsurpassed quality.

Please see our LASIK and PRK FAQ to learn more about these procedures.

PRK

While LASIK is perhaps the better-known laser vision correction technique, it is just one of the procedures available to eliminate your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. PRK stands for Photorefractive Keratectomy, and is another excellent option for those interested in laser vision correction. PRK has gone by many names, including Surface LASIK, LASEK, Epi-LASIK, and ELASA (Excimer Laser Advanced Surface Ablation), but these are all fundamentally the same procedure with minor changes.

Unlike in LASIK surgery, PRK does not require a flap to be cut, and instead the entire correction procedure is performed under our Allegretto Wave™ excimer laser. PRK is one of the safest options available for anyone considering refractive surgery, and may also be a great choice for some patients who do not qualify for LASIK surgery.

If you have been considering laser vision correction, please contact the practice of Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Eye Surgeons. Whether you are interested in LASIK or PRK, our ophthalmologists can enhance the quality of your life by providing you with stronger, clearer vision.

Please see our LASIK and PRK FAQ to learn more about the exceptional services we offer to residents in and near Birmingham, Detroit and Troy.

How Laser Vision Correction Works

When we look at an object, our eye focuses light into a clear image by bending it twice. The first step of focusing happens as the light passes through the outermost part of the eye called the cornea, and the second as that light passes farther into our eye and through the lens. This focused light is then projected onto the retina, which transmits the image to the brain for us to see.

Blurry vision can be caused by a problem with any one of these steps. When vision can be corrected by glasses or contacts, the issue is usually due to the light not focusing correctly on the retina. We call this near-sightedness, far-sightedness, or astigmatism depending on what the problem is.

Laser vision correction aims to perfect the image entering the eye by reshaping the cornea to eliminate these focusing problems and refractive errors.

The ophthalmologists of Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Eye Surgeons are leaders in the field of LASIK and PRK vision correction and have lectured internationally on the subject. By combining exceptional skill and experience with advanced technology, our doctors provide residents in and around Troy, Detroit, and Birmingham with LASIK surgery of unsurpassed quality.

Please see our LASIK and PRK FAQ to learn more about these procedures.

FAQ

This is the most common and most important question about any laser vision corrective surgery. While of course there are risks associated with any procedure, yes, LASIK and PRK have been shown to be safe after more than 20 years of experience and 7,000 studies.

During the procedures there is no pain as the eye is fully anesthetized with eye drops before anything begins. After both procedures you may initially experience some sensitivity and dryness which the prescribed drops will help to resolve, and the first few days of PRK often do have some discomfort during the initial healing phase.

The short answer is it depends. Our surgeons would need to complete a thorough evaluation of your eyes prior to recommending whether you are a candidate for either procedure.

While these are generally not covered under traditional health insurances, you are able to use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Spending Account (HSA) to pay for the procedures.

Yes, we accept all major credit cards as well as CareCredit which requires 0% down and no interest for 12 months!

We offer several discounts that you may qualify for, including for first responders, veterans, and medical professionals.

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