At Ross Eyecare, our patients benefit from our extensive medical network established with the goal of providing the highest level of care for our patients. Although we manage many medical conditions of the eye in our office, occasionally surgical intervention is required. In the case of LASIK and other surgical procedures, we provide in-depth consultation as well as extensive pre- and post- operative care. We then directly work with the most advanced and highly trained surgeons in Atlanta to ensure the best outcome for our patients.
LASIK or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis is a surgical procedure that corrects myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap using either a microkeratome blade or a second laser, than gently reshapes the cornea using the Eximer laser. The flap is then repositioned to cover the area that was reshaped by the laser.
Because LASIK is a complex procedure, careful, professional guidance is required to determine whether you are a candidate, and selecting a reputable, experienced surgeon to perform the procedure is critical. The doctors at Ross Eyecare have been involved with LASIK since its inception in the Atlanta area and have been working side by side with some of the most recognized LASIK surgeons in the southeast.
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA), also referred to as PRK, is another Eximer laser procedure that is an alternative to LASIK. It differs from LASIK in that no flap is created during the procedure. It is often a more suitable choice for patients with corneas too thin for LASIK, or in cases where creating a flap carries an undesirable risk.
Other Types of Refractive Surgery:
Phakic intraocular implantation is a procedure in which a synthetic lens is placed in front of the natural lens and works with the natural lens to correct vision. This procedure is performed to correct high levels of nearsightedness when laser correction is not an option.
Lens Replacement Surgery is essentially the same procedure as cataract surgery. For patients who may have very early cataracts or at that age group, this procedure is often the most obvious choice. Newer lenses that correct both distance and near vision are now being introduced.
Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye that is normally clear becomes clouded, resulting in a decrease in vision that cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts or even LASIK. While cataracts typically occur during the natural aging process of the eye, other factors such as medications and trauma to the eye can also cause them to development. Luckily, because of tremendous breakthroughs in surgical technology, cataract surgery can provide excellent visual outcomes with relatively few risks for the average cataract patient.
Other Surgical Procedures:
While LASIK and cataract surgery make up the majority of our surgical referrals, there are certain conditions that can develop in the eye that may require surgical intervention. Diseases that affect the retina, including diabetes, high blood pressure and macular degeneration, can be treated with a variety of laser and traditional surgical techniques that are designed to limit and sometimes improve a patient’s vision that has been decreased due to these retinal disorders. Laser or surgical procedures are also sometimes advisable in cases of glaucoma that have not responded to traditional medical therapy. Likewise, certain corneal conditions might require surgery depending on the severity of the condition.
Regardless of the reason for the surgical referral, you will be comforted to know that Doctors Ross, Bloom, Butterwick and Mast have extensive knowledge concerning these and many other ocular conditions as well as access to a network of top-rated surgeons. We strive to provide the safest procedures and the best possible surgical outcome.