One of the most exciting advances in vision correction history, and incorporating technology to create a success rate that spans the globe, the LASIK procedure has provided life-changing results for over 30 million people worldwide.  Georgia Eye Partners boasts renown the specialists and technologies to provide you with freedom from glasses or contacts.

As much as we love LASIK, it isn’t the only vision correction option, though! One size doesn’t fit all, and our skill in a wide variety of surgical options means that we can offer the best ‘tool’ for your personal needs.

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Our Vision Correction Options

  • Femtosecond bladeless LASIK
  • Topography-guided femtosecond bladeless LASIK
  • PRK / LASIK
  • ICL
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Laser cataract surgery with multifocal or trifocal lenses

What Is LASIK?

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What Should I Know About LASIK?

Dr. Schoenberg has written an approachable, evidence-based book chapter about common myths and misunderstandings about LASIK. You can read it on our LASIK myths and facts page.

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable, and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. LASIK changes the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that it focuses properly on the retina and objects can be seen clearly.

During the procedure the excimer laser creates a thin flap in the surface of the cornea. Patients are given anesthesia so they can’t feel the instruments. Next, the flap is then lifted and the laser beam reshapes the cornea’s curvature to improve vision. The flap is then closed and covered with a protective contact lens.

The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes per eye, and patients are often ready to leave within an hour or two. The flap heals on its own within a few days with no need for stitches.

A common complaint after surgery is sensitivity to light, but this will subside. Antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed for a few days, along with any other post-operative instructions. Full recovery takes a few weeks.

Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation at any one of our six locations (404) 953-4070 to determine which option is best for you!

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What Is Contoura™ Vision/Topography-Guided LASIK?

Contoura™ Vision is a topography-guided LASIK treatment that is the latest FDA approved LASIK eye surgery technology available in the U.S.  This new technology has unique capabilities that provide our surgeons a greater degree of personalization.  No other LASIK procedure available in the U.S. is this precise and individualized.  The procedure is redefining the term “quality of vision” with studies showing that many patients experienced better vision than they ever did with glasses or contact lenses.

Contoura™ Vision provides our surgeons much more detailed information on the structure of the cornea than prior generations of LASIK procedures.  The data provided measures the unique characteristics of your eyes that cannot be measured with traditional technology.  This data provides an individual profile for each eye that our surgeons can use to perform personalized laser eye surgery procedures.

How Does Topography-Guided LASIK Work?

Using the topographer and the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser together, the treatment changes the shape of the patient’s cornea after surgery, significantly improving vision.  By also addressing the uniqueness of a patient’s cornea during the treatment, the risk of experiencing light sensitivity, glare and halos after the procedure is reduced.

The custom treatment uses a variety of extremely detailed images on each of your eyes, to assess your vision correction needs.  The patient’s eye is imaged and analyzed using 22,000 unique elevation points in the cornea.  This data is then sent to a surgical planning computer to create an individualized, custom profile to optimize your vision.

The entire procedure typically lasts about 15 minutes.  Most patients report little to no discomfort throughout the surgery.

What To Expect With Recovery

Most LASIK patients notice dramatic visual improvements immediately following their Contoura™ Vision LASIK procedure, however recovery time varies for each individual person.  Some patients with higher prescriptions might recover more slowly.  In addition to resting with protective eye shields in a post-operative room for about an hour, your surgeon will recommend:

  • Bringing someone with you to drive you home and help you pick up any medications you may have been prescribed
  • Keeping your eyes clean and avoid rubbing them
  • Resting comfortably at home for at least a few hours with your protective eye shields
  • Following additional post-operative instructions you may have been given

It is not uncommon to experience mild to moderate discomfort during the first few days after surgery as your eye heals.  Some people experience minor issues such as watery or red eyes for the first few days after the procedure, but others are able to return to work the next day.  Your eye doctor will prescribe medications to help with any discomfort.  Your eye doctor may also schedule a follow-up appointment the next day to test your vision and ensure your eyes are healing properly.


PRK

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PRK or photorefractive keratectomy is one of the safest and most time-tested laser vision correction procedures available. Before LASIK, PRK was the most common refractive surgery procedure. Like LASIK, it reshapes the cornea to improve vision. PRK is now used mainly for patients with large pupils or thin corneas.

The first step in PRK is to remove the epithelium, a thin layer protecting the cornea. Then the surgeon uses an excimer laser to vaporize a small amount from the top of the cornea. LASIK, by contrast, cuts a deep flap in the cornea using a sharp microkeratome blade. This weakens the cornea, makes it difficult to replace the flap in precisely the right place, and can cause other complications including flap irregularity, epithelial ingrowth and corneal ectasia. PRK avoids these risks.

Studies have shown that 90-95% of patients with a correction of up to -6.00 diopters achieve vision of 20/40 after PRK, and up to 70% achieve 20/20. Patients needing less correction generally achieve better results. The risks of PRK include infection, haze, slow healing, scarring, over- or under-correction of the visual condition, and development of astigmatism.

Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation at any one of our six locations (404) 953-4070 to determine which option is best for you!

Implantable Contact Lenses

Dr. Andrew Feinberg and Dr. Evan D. Schoenberg have extensive experience with the STAAR Visian ICL, a proven, reversible way to correct moderate to high nearsightedness and astigmatism. 

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at: (404) 531-9988

Now Offering: EVO Visian ICL Procedure

Georgia Eye Partners is proud to announce an expansion of its services to include EVO Visian® ICL, an innovative technology recently approved by the FDA, which corrects nearsightedness without the use of glasses or contact lenses.

Doctors Andrew Feinberg and Evan D. Schoenberg at Georgia Eye Partners are pleased to be two of the first select doctors throughout the United States to be certified EVO surgeons and able to offer the procedure to their patients. At the time of the launch, there were approximately 300 doctors throughout the country trained and approved to perform the procedure.

The practice remains committed to implementing the latest and greatest in visual corrective surgery and was previously one of the first throughout the country to also implant earlier versions of the Visian ICL.

What Is EVO ICL?

EVO Visian® ICL (as also known as “EVO”) is an evolution in visual correction surgery, providing patients with freedom from the inconvenience, discomfort, and expense that often comes from contact lenses and glasses.

EVO ICL is an implantable lens positioned just below the surface of the eye to correct nearsightedness (both myopia and myopia with astigmatism). The procedure was designed to be even more comfortable for the patient than earlier versions of the Visian ICL and a faster, more efficient procedure for surgeons than traditional laser surgeries. The collamer base of the lens material is 100 percent biocompatible and was created to function in harmony with your body’s chemistry.

Implantable Lenses: Precise Vision Correction With A Legacy Of Success

Visian ICL has been approved in Europe since 1997 and in the U.S. since 2005. In 2018, the addition of the Visian Toric ICL expanded the range of vision which can be treated directly with the lens to include up to 4 diopters of astigmatism. Higher degrees of astigmatism can even be treated by combining the ICL with other procedures.  In 2019, we celebrated along with the international vision correction community an important milestone: over 1,000,000 Visian ICLs implanted to date, with studies showing a 99 percent patient satisfaction rate!

EVO ICL Patient Satisfaction

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is the most common vision problem in the world, affecting approximately 1.9 billion people.  That number is estimated to increase by 50 percent by the year 2050.

Thanks to the EVO Visian® ICL procedure, people have been granted the flexibility to live more active lifestyles and enjoy an improved quality of life.

“I had been waiting for EVO ICL and now that I have it, it was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself,” shared an EVO ICL patient. “Being someone that was legally blind without my contacts and now I am just able to get up and see everything is truly amazing. The procedure was so quick and painless. I was even able to go to work the next day. EVO is the greatest gift I could have received.” Demand for the EVO procedure has more than doubled since 2018 amongst patients, becoming one of the premier solutions for refractive vision correction throughout the world. More than one million and counting EVO lenses have been implanted already worldwide.

“The STAAR EVO ICL lens is a big deal because this improved version of one of our best approaches to correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism is now better than ever,” said Dr. Evan D. Schoenberg, Director of Refractive Services at Georgia Eye Partners. “It provides excellent clarity of vision, even when treating prescriptions twice as high as would be safe with LASIK, does not cause dry eye, and is even reversible if desired. The short, painless procedure has been performed outside the USA over a million times with a 99.4 percent satisfaction rate. This FDA approval means a huge new opportunity for our patients at Georgia Eye Partners!”

EVO ICL Benefits

The procedure corrects a wide range of eye prescriptions quickly and effectively, delivering excellent night vision and even built-in UV protection. It is designed to provide permanent vision correction, although it is both removable and replaceable when needed. EVO is an ideal option for patients who don’t prefer glasses or contact lenses and are not candidates for laser eye surgery.          

“For years, our patients have been able to enjoy their ICL lens to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism and now we are very excited to introduce their new EVO version of the lens,” said Dr. Andrew Feinberg, the Medical Director of the Eye Surgery Center of Georgia, the state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center for Georgia Eye Partners. “Patients can receive the highest quality vision to correct these refractive errors through a simple one-step surgery without the need for any laser procedures.”

The recovery time for the EVO ICL is very quick, comfortable, and maybe as little as a day, due to the small size of the incision made during the procedure. The tiny incision needed to implant the foldable EVO ICL is located on the far edge of the cornea, where there is little danger of it interfering with vision. Once the lens is implanted, sutures are typically not needed to close the incision, further simplifying the procedure.

EVO ICL: Who Is A Candidate?

Every patient has unique vision correction and eye care needs which is why it’s important to schedule an online or in-person consultation with an eye doctor at Georgia Eye Partners to make an informed decision about the procedure.

You may be an excellent candidate if you:

  • Are between the ages of 21 and 45
  • Are nearsighted, a.k.a. myopic (-3 D up to -20 D)
  • Optionally have astigmatism (up to -4 D)

EVO ICL can be used for patients suffering from dry eye, with thin or abnormal corneas, and in many other situations which might preclude LASIK.

To see if you are a candidate for EVO ICL or one of many other procedures that Georgia Eye Partners offers, please call Georgia Eye Partners at: 404-531-9988.


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