Are you ready to see without relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses? LASIK could be the answer. This type of refractive surgery can be a reliable way to greatly improve your vision without any significant downtime. But to know whether it’s right for you, you need to start with a LASIK consultation at Parrelli Optical® in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Skilled optometrist Yanpeng Ding, OD, performs an eye exam that considers your unique needs and goals. Then, if LASIK is right for you, he can help you arrange your surgery. Call the office or book with the online scheduling tool now.
Frequently Asked Questions.
If you are considering laser vision correction, the first step on your journey will be a LASIK consultation. The goal of the appointment is to educate you about your treatment options and collect information to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
All vision consultation consultations involve a thorough eye exam, during which your eye health and vision will be evaluated.
During your eye exam, Dr. Ding checks your prescription (refraction test) and compares it with your previous results. He also dilates your eyes, which allows your pupils to widen. Then, Dr. Ding examines the inside and back of your eye under magnification.
Dr. Ding checks your corneas with corneal topography. This measures both corneal thickness and shape. He checks your dominant eye, which is especially important if you’re interested in monovision LASIK. Dr. Ding typically also does a tear film analysis, a test that can predict whether dry eye could be a LASIK complication for you.
LASIK, can improve the most common types of refractive errors including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism.
Traditionally, LASIK doesn’t correct age-related reading vision problems (presbyopia). So, in most cases, LASIK patients who need reading glasses still have to wear them after LASIK.
Monovision LASIK, however, is a newer procedure that can change that. In monovision LASIK, your surgeon corrects one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. You gradually adapt to using the dominant eye as needed for the situation.
Some patients aren’t good LASIK candidates because of thin corneas, severe dry eye, severe refractive error, or other reasons. If you don’t qualify for LASIK, Dr. Ding can suggest alternatives tailored for your needs, such as treating underlying problems, other types of refractive surgeries, or implantable lenses.
Even if you are not a good candidate for LASIK, there are other laser eye surgery options.
IOLS are another option for patients with thin and irregularly shaped corneas. They are also a good option for those who are very nearsighted.
IOLs are implanted into the eye by replacing the natural lens. There is a range of IOLs to address different needs. You and your doctor will pick the IOL that is best for you. An IOL is usually implanted during cataract surgery or RLE.