What is Laser refractive surgery?

Refractive surgery is any eye surgery that changes how the eye focuses.

Laser refractive surgery is used to permanently correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Eye surgeons use an excimer (ultraviolet) laser to reshape the cornea—the clear covering on the front of the eye. This process changes how you see in much the same way that prescription glasses or contacts do.

Laser vision correction options

LASIK surgery is one of the most popular forms of laser refractive surgery, but every eye is different and not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. Factors such as the shape of the eye or thickness of the cornea affect which type of surgery can be used.

The highly skilled and experienced eye surgeons at UCHealth offer several laser surgery options and will determine which is right for your eyes.

Refractive surgeries we offer

We offer the three primary refractive techniques used today:

  • LASIK – laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis
  • PRK – photorefractive keratectomy
  • Epi-LASIK – epithelial LASIK

See a side by side comparison of PRK, LASIK and ICL procedures.

Our surgeons also perform non-laser procedures, such as intraocular contact lens procedures, that may not be available at many laser centers. It is important to talk to your surgeon about all of your options.

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