Laser Vision Correction Surgery

LASIK and PRK are surgical procedures that use an excimer laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, altering the focal point of the eyes and lessening a patient’s dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Both operations take about ten minutes to perform, and the patient remains awake the entire time.

Laser vision correction has never been better. Not only are the new lasers more accurate, they induce very few higher-order aberrations. That means:

  • Very good night vision
  • No more glare and halos
  • Over 60% of patients see 20/15.

The lasers are also extremely fast. Most corrections are under 30 seconds. This means less anxiety, and less fixation time. There has never been a better time to have laser vision correction.

What is LASIK?

Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis involves creating a “flap” on the cornea – usually about 100 to 130 micrometers (about 1/3 or less of the total corneal thickness) – and changing the shape of the cornea underneath the flap with the excimer laser. Because the ablation is covered by the flap, LASIK patients are usually fully recovered after only one day.

What is PRK?

Photorefractive keratectomy directly changes the surface of the cornea with no flap. This can be slightly more irritable for the patient and requires a longer recovery time (typically less than a week), but overall it is less traumatic for the eye than LASIK.

What is the process?

First, set up a free consultation session with Dr. Portfolio to examine whether you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery. There is no obligation to proceed after discussing your options with Dr. Portfolio. A successful operation starts with making the right choices about treatment.

If you and Dr. Portfolio decide to move forward, he will undergo several tests of your sight and eye shape, taking exact measurements of the changes that will be needed to correct your vision. You will set a date for surgery.

During the procedure, you will remain awake (local anesthetic is used on the eyes, and sedation is available for those who need it). Most patients do not experience any discomfort during surgery; however, your eyes may be uncomfortable for up to 24 hours. There is no need for stitches.

Laser surgery is not for everybody. As with any surgical procedure, there are complications that can arise. If you are at higher risk for complications, there may be other treatments better suited to your condition. This is something you can discuss with Dr. Portfolio at your free consultation.

A Personal Touch

Dr. Portfolio in surgery

Dr. Portfolio personally performs every operation

Dr. Portfolio is somewhat old-fashioned in his approach to medicine. He takes pride in personally ensuring his patients’ comfort and ease of mind at all times, especially when they are making serious medical decisions. Unlike some practices, he does not deploy a large staff of assistants to perform pre- and post-operation check-ups and measurements for him. Dr. Portfolio will be with you every step of the way.

After your surgery, Dr. Portfolio will provide free post-operation care for one year, ensuring that your vision is well cared for, long after your surgery.

Free consultation

To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, set up a free consultation appointment with Dr. Portfolio today.

  • LASIK vs PRK

    The essential difference between LASIK and PRK surgeries is the "flap". LASIK peels back a flap of the cornea, makes changes underneath it, and replaces it. In PRK, no flap is created. Changes are made directly onto the cornea. Because of this difference, LASIK patients tend to experience less pain and discomfort, and can return to work after only 1-2 days. PRK patients usually need 5-7 days to fully recover from surgery. However, Dr Portfolio sees the extra recovery time as a wise investment. The creation of a corneal flap (LASIK) ultimately is more traumatic to the eye than surface ablation (PRK). Most of the complications that LASIK patients experience are directly related to the flap. Most of Dr Portfolio's patients now choose PRK surgery. For a variety of reasons, however, some patients may prefer LASIK.
  • Contact our office

    A.G. Portfolio, M.D., P.A.
    1 West Ridgewood Ave.
    Ste. 204
    Paramus, NJ 07652

    201 445 5161

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