Lasik Eye Surgery / Refractive Surgery in Durango, CO
If you experience myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision), or presbyopia (inability to focus on nearby objects), you have what ophthalmologists call a refractive error. Fortunately, refractive surgery available through Southwest Eye Consultants in Durango, Colorado can correct or improve your vision.
Our board-certified eye surgeons are skilled in various surgical procedures that can adjust your eye's focusing ability by reshaping the cornea or implanting a new, artificial lens inside your eye. The most widely performed type of refractive surgery at our practice is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), in which a laser is used to reshape the cornea.
For many of our patients who are nearsighted, refractive surgery techniques help reduce the curvature of a cornea that is too steep, thus increasing the eye’s focusing power. For patients who are farsighted, refractive surgery achieves a steeper cornea as a means of enhancing focusing power.
Meanwhile, refractive surgery can correct astigmatism by selectively reshaping portions of an irregular cornea, making it smoother and symmetrical. As a result, images focus clearly on the retina instead of being distorted because of light scattering through an irregularly shaped cornea.
Lasik eye surgery may be a good option if:
- You have an appropriate refractive error
- You want to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses
- You understand that you may still need glasses or contacts following the procedure to achieve optimal vision
- You are free of eye disease
- You are aware of the inherent risks and potential side effects of the surgery
Since there are various methods for correcting refractive errors, your best option should be determined after a thorough examination and discussion with your Southwest Eye Consultants ophthalmologist. To arrange an appointment, call our office today at (970) 828-2200 or use our convenient online request form.
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