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LASIK—short for Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis—is the most commonly performed laser eye procedure in the world. Dr. Zhu offers custom, bladeless LASIK without use of a microkeratome or blade. It is one of the safest and most effective ways to free yourself from glasses and contact lenses. Read about common LASIK myths and misconceptions here and here.

Conditions Treated

Nearsightedness (Myopia) – A common type of refractive error where close objects appear clearly, but distant objects appear blurry

Farsightedness (Hyperopia) – A type of refractive error where close objects appear blurry, but distant objects are relatively clear. However, those with significant hyperopia have trouble seeing at any distance, near and far.

Astigmatism – A type of refractive error that causes your vision to be blurred at both near and far distances. It occurs when your cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball.

Presbyopia – A normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability that starts around age 40. It becomes difficult to see small text up-close without the help of reading glasses. LASIK can be used to treat presbyopia by optimizing near vision in one eye and far vision in the other eye, a strategy called “monovision.”

Other Options

Laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) or Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) – A laser vision correction procedure similar to LASIK, but without a corneal flap. LASEK and PRK are often great options for people with dry eye or thinner than normal corneas—but Dr. Zhu will be able to determine which procedure is best for your individual needs.

ICL or Implantable Contact Lenses – Clear lenses that are surgically implanted to sit in front of or behind the iris to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. ICLs function like contact lenses—except they work from inside your eyes instead of sitting directly on their surface. ICLs may be suitable for those with very high prescriptions who are not candidates for LASIK, LASEK, or PRK.

RLE or Refractive Lens Exchange – A clear lens is implanted to replace your eye’s natural lens to correct your vision. The procedure is similar to laser cataract surgery and is the most advanced option available for correcting presbyopia (ie. near vision) for people who wish to reduce their dependence on reading glasses. Dr. Zhu was one of the first surgeons to implant the PanOptix trifocal intraocular lens, the first lens of its kind to improve distance, intermediate, and near vision. RLE is often a better option than LASIK for people over 40 who already have early age-related lens changes as it provides a more permanent solution and better quality vision.

Conductive Keratoplasty –  A noninvasive procedure which utilizes radiofrequency energy to correct low levels of hyperopia and astigmatism. Because it does not ablate or cut corneal tissue, it can be a great alternative for patients with dry or irregular corneas who are not candidates for traditional laser vision correction. Dr. Zhu is one of the few surgeons in the nation with expertise in conductive keratoplasty. She can determine whether it is the right treatment for you.

To learn more about LASIK and other surgical treatment options, check out some fun and easy-to-follow videos on Dr. Zhu’s Instagram and TikTok channels.