Corrective Procedures helping you see clearer



Bennett Optometry offers corrective procedures including refractive surgery, lasik, photorefractive keratectomy, and corneal refractive therapy (CTR). The latest technique in refractive surgery is LASIK, or Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomilleusis. It is also known as the flap and zap technique. The procedure is commonly used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure begins with an incision that is made using a special laser. This creates a flap that is laid back exposing the middle stromal tissue of the cornea. The eximer laser is used to alter the shape of the stromal layer. The flap is then repositioned. Less than 10% of the corneal epithelium is traumatized during the procedure, epithelial healing is usually achieved within 48 hours. This allows the individual to return to most of their activities within a day or two. Once a procedure reserved for high refractive corrections, experienced and skilled refractive surgeons are making this their procedure of choice for most refractive corrections.

Photorefractive Keratectomy is a treatment that also uses an Excimer Laser to alter the curvature of the front surface of the eye thereby modifying the focus of the light inside the eye. The cornea has about 6 different layers, and one pass of the Excimer Laser can remove less than 1% of the corneal tissue thereby changing the corneal curvature. This change in curvature results in a permanent change in vision correction. Unlike LASIK, there is no corneal incision. The epithelial healing time is a little longer than LASIK. Depending on your eye condition this is an alternative choice that may be preferable for you.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a procedure that uses contact lenses to reduce myopia or nearsightedness. Basically, you wear a special lens that gently reshapes your eye so that you can see clearly even after you remove the lens. You can sleep in these lenses, take them out in the morning and see without glasses or contacts. The effect is temporary — generally enough to get you through the day, but you must wear the special lenses each night. CRTis for people of any age who are nearsighted. Many doctors believe the best candidates are people who have low amounts of myopia. The procedures can be performed on practically anyone of any age. Eye care professionals usually aim for 20/20 vision, but 20/40 vision (the legal visual minimum for driving in most of the United States) is typically considered acceptable.

We have two convenient locations to serve you in Ann Arbor. We also accept many insurance plans. Call either our Main Street location at 734-665-5306 or our Plymouth Road location at 734-930-2373 to schedule an appointment today.
 

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