LASIK Surgery in Falls Church Virginia
In Falls Church, VA, you can trust the ophthalmology team at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology to deliver the best treatment and help you achieve great vision. Drs. Anh Nguyen, MD, David L. Parver, MD, and Roshni Patel, OD, strive to treat their patients as family members with care, support, and guidance. If you live with poor vision or a debilitating eye disorder, there are many laser procedures available at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology to help you regain your vision and quality of life.
While people of all ages can suffer from vision problems, you are more susceptible to certain disorders or conditions later in life.
Keratoconus usually begins to develop around the age of 16 and people with a thin cornea are more susceptible to this condition. As keratoconus develops, the cornea begins to shift from a domed shape to a cone shape and this causes blurry vision. Cornea problems can be treated with penetrating keratoplasty (PK) which replaces the entire damaged cornea with healthy donor tissue or DMEK which only replaces the innermost layer of the cornea. Another option is cross-linking (CXL), which strengthens the cornea using liquid riboflavin (vitamin B12) and ultraviolet light rather than replacing the cornea.
The retina is located at the back of the eye behind the cornea. If the retina becomes detached or torn, this can cause flashes (photopsia) and floaters in the form of flashing lights or black dots that float around in front of your vision. Another retina problem that can develop later in life is macular degeneration, an eye condition that develops in two stages: dry macular degeneration then wet macular degeneration. Macular degeneration can progress slowly or quickly and is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 50.
LASIK surgery is the most popular form of laser vision correction in the United States. This procedure uses an excimer laser to reshape the cornea and correct three common conditions caused by misshapen corneas: nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. A misshapen cornea makes it difficult for light rays to focus properly on the back of the eye (the retina) and this causes those three refractive errors. Distorted light rays also distort your vision. Although many people rely on contacts or glasses to correct their vision problems, LASIK surgery is a permanent solution that will save you time and money while providing perfect vision.
Laser cataract surgery uses a 3D map of your eye to create a precise image of where the cataracts are located. A cataract is a clump of proteins that can develop as you get older and this clump, or cataract, makes your vision cloudy. A laser will then be used to gently break up the cataract so that it can be safely removed from the lens. An intraocular lens implant (IOL) will then be inserted into the eye to create vision problems like astigmatism or presbyopia.
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is an alternative refractive eye surgery for LASIK. During LASIK surgery, a corneal flap is created but during PRK, the entire outer layer of the cornea is removed. Although this requires a longer recovery time, it is a great alternative for people who are not a candidate for LASIK but still want to permanently correct their nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
Falls Church is an independent city of about 14,000 people located in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The city earned its name from an 18th-century Church of England parish, The Falls Church. Nicknamed “The Little City,” Falls Church is a popular historical destination with many Civil War sites and stories. Falls Church, VA is also the location of the first rural chapter of the NAACP and Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation which represents early African American history.