LASIK Eye Surgery in Lincolnia, Virginia
It can be difficult to find great care and a doctor you trust but at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology, Dr. Anh Nguyen, MD, and her team pride themselves on offering both. Dr. Nguyen has been practicing as an eye doctor for 15 years intending to treat each of her patients as a family member. She works alongside Drs. David L. Parver, MD, and Roshni Patel, OD.
What is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery is the most popular form of vision correction in the US because of its effectiveness and quick treatment. During LASIK surgery, your surgeon will numb your eyes and you will be awake during the procedure, although a mild sedative will be given to you. Your surgeon will create a small circular flap on the outer layer of the cornea and then peel this flap back to reveal the inner layers that need to be reshaped. An excimer laser will reshape the cornea and correct the refractive error causing your vision problems.
Who is a Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery is intended to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. These vision problems develop because the cornea is misshaped. Other qualifications for LASIK are that you must be over the age of 18, not pregnant or nursing, and have no history of eye injury or disease.
What Other Services Can I Receive?
People with other types of eye disorders might not be a candidate for LASIK, but there are many other treatments available that are specialized for each eye disease and vision problem.
PRK is the “original” form of LASIK surgery and it is still commonly used today for people who may not be candidates for LASIK. PRK completely removes the first layer of the cornea, which will regrow in a week. By completely removing the corneal flap, PRK eliminates the risk of flap complications.
Cataracts form when the proteins in your natural lens break down and clump together. Laser cataract surgery can break up cataracts and replace the clouded lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). These are artificial lenses that remain in your eye permanently and can be customized to meet your unique needs and vision complications.
If your cornea becomes severely diseased, a corneal transplant (also called PK or penetrating keratoplasty) can replace the damaged corneal tissue with healthy donor tissue. This is often performed when cornea disease has advanced to the inner layers of the cornea. Common conditions that may require a corneal transplant are keratoconus, keratitis, corneal ulcers, and Fuch’s dystrophy.
Contact lenses are a popular form of non-surgical vision correction. The contact lenses you might be familiar with are made of soft plastic but other types of contacts include Kontur, Scleral, rigid gas permeable, and Ortho-K. Ortho-K is a type of rigid gas permeable contact, but they are worn overnight and physically reshape the cornea to correct distortion.
The population of Lincolnia increased 44% between 2000 and 2010. The most recent census estimates a population of 22, 579 in this census-designated place (CDP) within Fairfax County, Virginia. Lincolnia was created after the Civil War as a community for freed slaves and its schoolhouse still stands as part of the Lincolnia Senior Center. Residents of Lincolnia enjoy a mix of urban and suburban features such as restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.