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A Guide to
Glossary of Surgical Terms
LASIK (Laser ASsisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) The most technologically advanced form of laser vision correction that can be used to correct nearsightedness, astigmatism, and/or farsightedness.
LASEK (Laser Assisted Subepithelial Keratomileusis) LASIK without the flap for patients whose corneas are too thin for safe LASIK.
CK (Conductive Keratoplasty) Correction of farsightedness with radio frequency (RF) energy applied to peripheral cornea. No cutting, no laser. Fast, convenient, comfortable in-office procedure.
Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) The original form of excimer laser vision correction to correct nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness...
Intac Rings A corneal ring implanted in the cornea for treatment of keratoconus. Does not use laser technology and rings are replaceable.
Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery Dr. Duffey performs FemtoSecond Laser-assisted Cataract Surgery. This accounts for over half of his cataract surgery and when combined with a premium Presbyopia-correcting IOL, it allows patients to be free of glasses and contact lenses for most all of their vision needs including driving, computers, and reading.
Astigmatism Surgery Astigmatism can be surgically corrected separately or at the time of cataract surgery.
Refractive Lens Exchange (aka, Clear Lens Extraction) In some patients who have refractive errors outside the range treatable with LASIK, removal of the natural lens of the eye and replacement with an intraocular lens (IOL) may be helpful in reducing dependence on glasses or contact lenses. This procedure is very similar to cataract surgery that is done for a cloudy lens.
Presbyopia-Correcting Lens Implants (eg., Tecnis, Restor, Crystalens) Implanted during removal of a cataract or during a clear lens replacement surgery, these lenses can correct distance, intermediate and near vision simultaneously without the need for glasses.
Phakic Intraocular Lens (eg., Verisyse and ICL) Artificial lens that is placed inside the eye permanently while the patient's natural lens remains intact. Used to correct very large vision refractive errors beyond the range of laser vision correction.