Laser Vision Correction

Over the past decade, vision correction has become increasingly advanced. With more options than ever, it can be hard to choose the right laser vision correction option for you. Luckily, the experts at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology can walk you through the journey to clear vision!

There are many different kinds of laser vision correction procedures, or refractive surgeries, available today. Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology offers LASIK, PRK, ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery, the most popular laser vision correction procedure today, is known for being virtually painless, extremely effective, and quick to recover from. The goal of LASIK surgery is to reshape the cornea. Once reshaped, your cornea is able to better focus light onto your cornea, resulting in clearer vision!
LASIK Diagram
During LASIK surgery, your doctor makes a circular incision on the surface of the cornea. The tissue is then pulled back to create a corneal “flap.” Once the flap is created, your surgeon can treat the inner layers of the cornea with a laser. Once the proper adjustments have been made, the flap is smoothed over and you’re on your way to clear vision!


PRK is LASIK’s predecessor, but is still widely used today. PRK and LASIK are quite similar, however there is one main difference. During PRK, no corneal flap is created. Instead, the thin first layer of the cornea (the epithelium) is removed completely. This is great for people such as athletes who have a higher risk of corneal flap complications after LASIK.

The recovery process is longer than LASIK’s. The epithelium will grow back on it’s own with proper care. PRK results are very similar to LASIK results.

Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)

ICL LensICL, kind of implantable contact lens, is a way to correct vision without removing tissue from the eye. Unlike during LASIK and PRK, no corneal tissue is removed from the eye. Instead, a small lens is implanted into the cornea. This lens acts very similar to a contact lens, offering different refractive powers depending on your problem!

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

RLE is a procedure very similar to cataract surgery. You do not need to have cataracts to undergo RLE, however. During RLE, the natural lens inside of your eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens called an IOL. There are many different types of IOLs on the market and each have a different purpose. IOLs can correct myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and even presbyopia.

Laser vision correction offer many different options for your unique set of eyes. To find out which procedure is best for you, be sure to contact Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology for your vision correction consultation!

Visual Acuity Excellent Excellent Excellent

Patient experience

Recovery time Quick Up to 4 Weeks Quick
Outpatient procedure Yes Yes Yes
15-20 minute procedure Yes Yes Yes
Immediate visual acuity Yes Yes No
Contributes to dry eye Occasional Yes, during recovery period No
Patient satisfaction High High High

Safety Features

Removable or reversible No No Yes
UV protection No No Yes

Patient Types

Nearsightedness Mild to Moderate Mild to Moderate Moderate to severe
Farsightedness Yes Yes No
Astigmatism Yes Yes No
Thin cornea Limited Limited Yes
Large pupil Limited Limited Yes

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