San Antonio, TX | Refractive Sx Options | Focal Point Vision

Dr. Maverick Speaks about refractive surgery. He explains the different options and how the procedures are done.


Kenneth Maverick: My name is Ken Maverick at Focal Point Vision. We are cornea refractive specialist and we offer four different types of refractive surgery, LASIK, PRK, ICL, and clear lens implantation. Let's first talk about LASIK. LASIK is an outpatient procedure. Typically takes about five to 10 minutes for good candidates or younger people not quite in cataract age yet who need vision correction either are myopic or hyperopic, nearsighted or farsighted. And we can also correct astigmatism. LASIK is a two step process where first we make a flap with a laser and then underneath that flap, we treat the cornea and put the individuals prescription onto the cornea. With PRK, the laser's applied directly to the cornea and a good candidate might be somebody who has a thinner cornea or certain prescriptions. Other good candidates for PRK, maybe somebody who has a little bit of dry eye for certain physical activities like MMA fighting or boxing.

Kenneth Maverick: The ICL is another technology we use that's best for higher myopes or near sighted, but we can also correct astigmatism. The ICL is an implantable contact lens that we place inside the eye that's permanent, but it's also reversible. And if a better technology comes along in a decade or two, we can remove it. The last procedure that we can offer is what's called a refractive lens exchange, and that is basically removing a person's natural lens and replacing it with a prescription lens inside the eye to match their prescription. It's permanent and it's lasting. The refractive lens exchange is ideal for persons in their late 40s, early 50s, who may be getting early cataracts and with a refractive lens exchange, you'll never need cataract surgery.