Long Island Refractive Lens Exchange, PRK, AK, and LASEK

At our Long Island practice, we offer PRK, AK, LASEK, and refractive lens exchange to patients with vision challenges who may be disqualified from undergoing LASIK eye surgery or simply wish to explore other refractive surgery options.

Refractive Lens Exchange

If you suffer from cataracts, age-related vision loss (presbyopia), or both, refractive lens exchange may be an excellent choice. This procedure, which can be done during cataract surgery or on its own, involves the implantation of a high-tech multifocal lens that stays in your eye with no maintenance and eliminates the need for bifocals. Refractive lens exchange allows cataract or presbyopia suffers to enjoy excellent, hassle-free vision in a variety of light conditions.

Refractive lens exchange, as well as the details of the Crystalens®, ReZoom™ and ReSTOR® lens implants, is covered in full on our bifocal lens implants page.

We offer financing programs for your unique needs.

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PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)

PRK was the most commonly performed refractive surgery procedure before LASIK became the procedure of choice, and still has some advantages over LASIK for certain patients.

Typically performed at our Long Island practice, PRK surgery can correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Some people are precluded from undergoing LASIK because of thin corneas or large pupils, and PRK is the preferred procedure to help such people.

During the procedure, which is performed with the same excimer laser as LASIK, Dr. Weinstein will remove the surface layer of epithelial cells – the cells covering your cornea, the clear part of your eye. The inner cornea is then gently reshaped with the excimer laser.

Patients feel virtually no pain during PRK surgery, as their eyes have been numbed using anesthetic eye drops. PRK, however, is associated with a longer recovery time than LASIK. It takes two to four days for the surface epithelium of your eyes to grow back. Following surgery, you will wear “bandage” contact lenses and use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops.

The results and possible side effects of PRK eye surgery are similar to that of LASIK. Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better from PRK.

If you live on or near Long Island and think PRK surgery might be right for you, contact Dr. Lewis J. Weinstein at our laser vision correction center today. During your complimentary consultation, you will receive an eye examination that will determine various treatment options for you.

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AK (Astigmatic Keratotomy)

AK is used to correct astigmatism — the irregular shape of the eye which can cause blurry vision as well as headaches and eye strain. During the AK procedure, the surgeon will strategically make small incisions on the steepest part of the cornea, causing it to become more spherical. The patient will experience clearer and sharper vision, since light focuses on the retina more precisely after the procedure.

AK takes only minutes to perform and can be used in conjunction with other refractive procedures. It is less common now that astigmatism can be addressed during LASIK and PRK, but is still worth considering if you suffer from astigmatism.

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LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)

LASEK surgery can address astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. It offers the benefits of both PRK and LASIK, and is an excellent solution for patients who are precluded from undergoing LASIK due to thin or flat corneas, or large pupils.

In our Long Island office, Dr. Weinstein performs LASEK surgery by cutting your epithelium – the layer of cells that cover your cornea. This is done with a trephine, a fine blade comparable to the microkeratome used during LASIK surgery. An alcohol solution is applied to your eye for less than a minute, which loosens the edges of the epithelium. After that, the flap is moved out of the way and the cornea is shaped using an excimer laser in a way similar to LASIK.

After the procedure, the epithelial flap is replaced and acts as a bandage, along with protective contact lenses usually worn for about four days after surgery.

LASEK is associated with more pain during healing compared to LASIK, as well as a longer time to recover vision (four days to a week). However, LASEK surgery can treat a variety of vision problems and is a viable solution for those who would not be ideal candidates for LASIK. Chances of side effects, such as glare, halos and night-vision disturbances, are also reduced with LASEK.

At your consultation with our refractive surgeon in Long Island, we will discuss LASEK with you, as well as your candidacy for other refractive surgical procedures. Contact our laser vision correction office today to get started.

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Refractive Surgery at Weinstein Refractive Center

At our Long Island practice we offer PRK, AK, and refractive lens exchange to patients as a solution to a variety of refractive surgery challenges. Becoming educated on the various refractive surgery options is an ideal start to undergoing a successful refractive surgery procedure. The next step is to contact our laser vision correction center for a complimentary evaluation and consultation where Dr. Weinstein will be able to advise you on the right procedure for your specific needs.

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For Long Island PRK, AK, refractive lens implant, and LASEK surgery, contact Weinstein Refractive today.

The Weinstein Refractive Center
66 Commack Rd Suite #203
Commack, NY 11725