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Vision for Life

Utah's Choice for Vision Care & Treatment

You’re concerned about your eyesight and so is The Eye Institute of Utah. Your eyes are too important to trust to just anyone. So, if you need vision correction or other treatment, you’ve come to the right place! The Eye Institute is one of the largest and most prestigious eye surgical centers in the Intermountain West.

What are myVision Correction Options?

Since its approval by the F.D.A. in 1999, LASIK has become a household name in the area of surgical vision correction, but many people are unaware that there a variety of types of vision correction surgery available beyond LASIK that are vastly successful. Many people are not well-suited for LASIK due to high degrees of myopia, thin corneas, severe dry eye or other factors. It’s important to understand the full variety of options available as you begin your journey to clear vision!

LASIK/PRK
Visian ICL Surgery
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Monovision
Custom Cataract Surgery

LASIK/PRK

LASIK and PRK are both popular forms of laser vision correction surgery. With LASIK, our surgeons utilize the WaveLight FS200 Femtosecond laser to create a flap on the front of the eye (cornea). The flap is then folded back and a second laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct the imperfections in the patient’s vision. Once the second laser treatment is complete, the surgeon will replace the corneal flap, which will then act as a natural bandage. With LASIK, most patients are seeing clearly almost immediately after the procedure, and by the day after surgery, patients often return to work and regular daily activities with little to no discomfort.

PRK is a very similar laser vision correction procedure. Many patients that have irregular shaped corneas or steeping, dry eye, or very active lifestyles may be better suited for PRK than LASIK. Like LASIK, a laser is used to correct irregularities in the eye to correct vision problems. With PRK, no corneal flap is created. Instead, a chemical solution is used to dissolve the top layer of the cornea called the epithelium. After the epithelium is removed, the surgeon will use the WaveLight EX500 Excimer Laser to reshape the cornea and correct the refractive error to correct the patient’s vision. The surgeon will place a bandage contact lens on the eye for 5-7 days while the eye heals. PRK does have a longer recovery time and may take longer for the patient to obtain the best vision.

Ideal LASIK/PRK Candidates:

You may be a good candidate for LASIK/PRK Surgery if you:

  • People between the ages of 18 and 50, with a history of stable vision
  • Mild to moderate levels of myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism
  • Healthy eyes with no history of disease
  • Normal corneal thickness and treatable shape
  • People that meet the above criteria but have thin corneas may be better candidates for PRK
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Visian ICL Surgery

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If your eye doctor determines you are not a good candidate for LASIK or PRK because your corneas are too thin, you have dry eyes, or your prescription is too high, then Visian ICL may be perfect for you! Approved in the United States in 1995, Visian ICL surgery has been a revolutionary treatment option for patients who have historically had to wear “coke-bottle” glasses. Instead of using a laser to correct your vision like LASIK, ICLs are actually a micro-thin, implantable collamer lens that is surgically places inside the eye in front of the eyes natural lens. Once implanted, you will not feel the lens or even know it is there! ICL implants are completely removable by a surgeon if needed. Patients have been thrilled with the results of ICL surgery and the vision freedom they’ve been able to experience!

You may be a good candidate for the Visian ICL if you:

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Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

If you are frustrated wearing readers or trying to see up close, you may be a great candidate for a procedure called refractive lens exchange surgery, commonly referred to as RLE or clear lens extraction.

Once people reach their mid to late 40’s and 50’s, they may begin noticing issues with their near vision and may need to begin wearing readers. This common condition is called presbyopia, and will affect everyone at some point in their lives. RLE surgery is a great option to address presbyopia. RLE surgery involves removing the eye’s natural focusing lens and replacing the lens with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. Your surgeon may recommend an advanced technology IOL such as a multifocal lens if the patient’s goal is to eliminate corrective eyewear by correcting near, intermediate and distance vision. RLE surgery can also address issues such as farsightedness and astigmatism. It’s important to schedule an examination to determine which RLE package is best for you!

We utilize the following technologies for RLE Surgery:

  • Advanced technology intraocular lens implants (IOLs) such as the multifocal and Toric lenses
  • LenSx Femtosecond Laser
  • Manual and laser corneal relaxing incisions (LRI) for astigmatism correction
  • ORA with VerifEye, a real-time measurement technology used during surgery to ensure the proper lens power and placement to achieve best results
  • All refractive lens exchange surgeries include a warranty package to ensure the best possible vision is attainted
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Monovision

Patients that have issues with both distance and near vision may greatly benefit from exploring monovision correction. Monovision is a type of correction where one eye is corrected for distance (typically your dominate eye), and the other eye is corrected for near vision. Monovision works with a process called neuroadaptation, where your brain is able to comfortably process the distance and near images, to work together to see at all fields of vision. Not every brain and person will accommodate to monovision, so our doctors may want to have you trial monovision with contacts or glasses before you consider monovision surgery. Monovision correction can be performed with LASIK/PRK Surgery, refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery, and custom cataract surgery. If you are tired of wearing bifocals, progressive lenses, or switching between various pairs of glasses, than monovision may be a great option to consider!

Ideal candidates for monovision:

  • People who need to wear corrective lenses for near and distance vision
  • People that have successfully trialed monovision correction with glasses or contact lenses
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Custom Cataract Surgery

For patients that are over that age of 50 or any patient that has been diagnosed with cataracts, custom cataract surgery is a great opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone.” Cataracts occur when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy and begins to harden over time. This often occurs as part of the natural aging process, but cataracts can also be caused by other factors such as trauma, eye surgery or hereditary predisposition. Most insurance plans will cover a percentage of the cost of standard cataract surgery, as it’s considered a medical condition. If you are sick and tired of wearing glasses and/or contacts, you should consider exploring options for Custom Cataract Surgery! Custom cataract surgery involves the use of advanced technology to help patients achieve refractive outcomes that would eliminate or greatly reduce their dependency on glasses and contacts. The goal of custom cataract surgery is to reduce or completely eliminate the use of glasses or contacts for our patients. We have a variety of surgical tools, technology and implants that the surgeon may use to help achieve optimal vision results with each patient. Custom cataract surgery packages are considered elective in nature and are typically not covered by insurance.

We utilize the following custom cataract surgery technologies:

  • Advanced technology intraocular lens implants (IOLs) such as the multifocal and Toric lenses
  • LenSx Femtosecond Laser
  • Manual and laser corneal relaxing incisions (LRI) for astigmatism correction
  • ORA with VerifEye, a real-time measurement technology used during surgery to ensure the proper lens power and placement to achieve best results
  • All custom cataract surgeries include a warranty package to ensure the best possible vision is attained
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The Eye Institute of Utah is a comprehensive ophthalmology practice offering a full spectrum of vision correction and treatment services. We have dedicated specialists who can address most any eye condition with procedures ranging from LASIK, Custom Cataract Surgery, to Dry Eye, Glaucoma, Retina and Cornea Treatments. In addition to performing these life changing procedures, we can also help you with simple vision problems and provide preventative vision care for you and your family. Come visit our fully equipped, state-of-the-art facility and see why our doctors are considered some of the most skilled specialists in the country.

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