LASIK Surgery in Fairfax, VA
Dr. Anh Nguyen, Dr. David Parver, and Dr. Roshni Patel have been providing patients in Fairfax, VA, and the surrounding area with expert care for over a decade. LASIK surgery is one of their most popular procedures, but they also offer several other laser corrective procedures, corneal surgeries, and cataract surgery. At Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology, you will receive expert care and a thorough diagnosis to develop an effective treatment plan for your vision loss or vision impairment.
Advancements in medical technology have led to the development of many laser vision correction procedures. Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology offers the following innovative laser correction treatments:
Whether you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, LASIK surgery can permanently correct your vision to help you live free from glasses and contacts. All of these refractive vision errors are the result of a misshapen cornea and LASIK surgery will reshape the cornea so that light rays can be properly focused from the front of the eye to the retina in the very back.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is the “original” LASIK surgery, but it is still commonly used today as a safer alternative for patients who cannot undergo LASIK. LASIK surgery creates a flap in the cornea, but PRK completely removes the outer corneal layer (the epithelium) to reshape the cornea. Since the outer layer must completely grow back, recovery time for PRK is a bit longer than LASIK surgery.
An implantable collamer lens (ICL) corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism by permanently implanting a lens (similar to a contact lens) behind the iris. Once the ICL is in place, you will not feel it so it should cause no discomfort. ICLs are a great alternative for patients who are not candidates for laser procedures because of thin corneas or high prescriptions.
Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is similar to cataract surgery, except you do not have to have cataracts to undergo this surgery. RLE replaces your natural lens with an artificial lens called an IOL. Different types of IOLs can be customized to treat myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia.
Other surgical options are available to treat damaged or irregular corneas. Each of these is a safe procedure that has been used to effectively treat corneal problems for many years.
One type of corneal transplant is PK (penetrating keratoplasty), which is a full-thickness corneal transplant. This outpatient surgery will remove all the damaged cornea tissue, including the inner layers, to treat conditions such as Fuch’s dystrophy, keratitis, corneal stromal dystrophies, regrafts, keratoconus, and corneal ulcers.
DMEK is a partial-thickness corneal transplant that removes the innermost layer of the cornea (the endothelium) to treat conditions like Fuch’s dystrophy. Before DMEK, you will need to find a healthy donor tissue to match the tissue that will be removed from your eye during surgery.
Corneal cross-linking (CXL) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses liquid riboflavin and ultraviolet light to treat conditions like keratoconus or other corneal diseases and LASIK complications. The outermost layer of the cornea (the epithelium) will be removed and then UV light will be applied for up to 30 minutes.
Fairfax is known by many local names including Old Town Fairfax, Fairfax Courthouse, Downtown Fairfax, and Fairfax City. This quaint historical town is close to George Washington’s home Mount Vernon and the Civil War Interpretive Center. People travel to Fairfax for the Arts Festival in April, Chocolate Lovers Festival in February, and Civil War Day in Spring with a re-enactment at Blenheim estate.