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LASIK and PRK

LASIK

LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis), the most common laser vision correction procedure performed today, can correct a wide range of conditions, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Using a highly accurate, cold-beam excimer laser, LASIK surgeon, Dr. Michael Furlong, reshapes the cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) to focus light rays directly on the retina. Learn more about how reshaping the cornea affects the eye’s ability to focus.

During LASIK surgery, a thin corneal flap is created with a laser. The corneal flap is gently folded back and the excimer laser uses pulses of invisible ultraviolet light to gently reshape the internal tissue of the cornea. Each pulse of the laser removes only a very small amount of corneal tissue – about 1/500th of the thickness of a human hair. The laser is guided by the VARIO Topolyzer Map created specifically for each individual eye. The laser has several safety features programmed into the software and will not energize unless the reference points in the corneal surface and iris exactly match those in the patient’s surgical map.  Also, the surgeon has full control of the laser and can turn it off at any time.

LASIKOnce the cornea is reshaped, the corneal flap is replaced in its original position where it adheres quickly and seals itself without the need for stitches. The surgery only takes about five minutes per eye and there is very little discomfort during the surgery and after surgery. Typically, LASIK patients see well enough to drive and return to work the day after surgery.

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PRK

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) are both advanced surface ablation procedures used to correct vision by using the excimer laser to shape the surface of the cornea, rather than the interior. PRK was the first FDA-approved procedure changing the curvature of the cornea with the excimer laser. Safety and clinical data on the first PRK surgeries date back to 1990.

PRKPRK uses the same excimer laser as LASIK and the same VARIO Topolyzer mapping, but the procedures are performed on the surface rather than inside the cornea. With PRK, the epithelium (top skin layer) of the cornea is actually removed. The laser is then used on the surface of the corneal tissue only.

To assist the healing process after PRK, a clear bandage contact lens is placed over the cornea during the three to five days needed for the epithelium to re-grow. Additionally, patients are normally placed on a regimen of steroid eye drops for about a week, but may occasionally have to use them for one to three months, requiring monitoring by the doctor on a weekly or monthly basis. PRK only takes about five minutes per eye and the surgery itself is painless. There is typically more discomfort during the healing process after advanced surface ablation procedures and it takes a bit more time for the patient to see clearly, but in the end, outcomes for LASIK and PRK are the same.

There are some medical conditions that may make PRK more suitable than LASIK. PRK, for example, is used mostly for people with thin corneas since LASIK requires more corneal tissue to be successful. PRK is often preferred for patients who may be susceptible to dry eyes since dry eyes are more often a complication of LASIK. Dr. Furlong will help you determine which procedure is best for you.

Leah F.
San Francisco, CA

9/29/2017
Yelp

Gotta pay my overdue Yelp gratitude here. Furlong has an all-star staff. Carol specifically is a wonderful human being and professional. They're prepared for every possible scenario. My story varies slightly from others in that I did experience bad halos/glares for roughly 2 weeks following surgery (which is...

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Matt C.
Fullerton, CA

7/29/2017
Yelp

Dr. Furlong was a recommendation from my optometrist. My first visit was fast and easy. My optometrist had already done my dilation so they just needed to take measurements and double check that I was a candidate. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I was nervous about everything but my patient counselor...

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Shilpi R.
Sunnyvale, CA

10/11/2017
Yelp

I recently had LASIK done with Dr. Furlong and it was an amazing experience. I wanted to have LASIK so that I could wake up first thing in the morning and not worry about contacts or glasses! As an optometrist myself I knew the ins and outs a little bit more but everything was on point! Their waiting room is always...

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Gabriel N.
Union City, CA

4/19/2017
Yelp

This has easily been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. After having glasses for most of my life, it's crazy to think I can now wake up and see clearly. I was referred here by my optometrist, Dr. Toy, in early 2016. I came for the free consultation where Dr. Furlong and his staff determined that I...

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Randy M.
San Jose, CA

6/15/2016
Yelp

Five stars.  Why?  I was suffering from rapidly progressing cataracts at the relatively young age of 37.  I was forced to take time off of work until the first surgery was complete.  My left eye had deteriorated from 20/300 in January to "hand motion (I could see light differences and movement only)" the day...

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Himi A.
Fremont, CA

9/30/2017
Yelp

My lasik surgery experience at the center was fabulous! The staff is very friendly, customer service is great! Interaction with Dr. Furlong was directly in the surgery room. Everything was very smooth and the location is super hygienic and has the top technology.

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Betty M.
San Francisco, CA

3/30/2017
Yelp

Just got my lasik surgery done last week by Dr. Furlong, and so far so good! I got referred to Dr. Furlong from my optometrist. A little pricier than competitors, but it's YOUR EYES, not the situation to be looking for a discount. They take a lot of time to make sure that you're comfortable and informed, and the...

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Jennifer H.
Fremont, CA

2/11/2017
Yelp

One of the best decisions I've made in my life! It took me about 2 years before I actually made a decision and not to sound super corny or anything... I should've done it sooner! It's definitely easier saying that knowing my LASIK surgery went well so I completely understand anyone's fear or hesitation with...

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A S.
Sunnyvale, CA

8/17/2017
Yelp

My mom had cataract surgery with with Furlong Vision this past month. It was a smooth experience.  She had one eye done first, followed by the second eye a few weeks later.  She saw Dr. Furlong for consultation in June.  He gave her a detailed exam and performed various scans.  She decided to go with femto laser...

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Leigh B.
Half Moon Bay, CA

8/8/2017
Yelp

Dr.Furlong did PRK for my insanely farsighted eyes in September 2016. I am now seeing 20/20!!! I couldn't be happier with the results. I also appreciated that he was honest when he didn't recommend PRK for my thin corneas... better safe than sorry! Thanks again, best money I could have spent on myself.

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Mike B.
Santa Cruz, CA

4/12/2017
Yelp

I rarely write reviews on Yelp, but for something as important as LASIK, I did a lot of research & visited several places in Silicon Valley. I recommend you do too! You get what you pay for...don't budget on your eyes! You want the best technology & an experienced & personable  Doctor. Dr. Furlong is...

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Yee L.
Palo Alto, CA

4/22/2017
Yelp

Super thorough and professional.  The staff accurately explained exactly what to expect and answered all my questions in an even-handed way with lots of detail about risks and benefits.

Theres no guarantee of results, but turns out my vision was corrected to better than 20/20 and I'm very happy with the results.

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Best Place for LASIK in Silicon ValleyVoted Best LASIK Doctor by Santa Cruz Good TimesTwice named a Premiere Cataract Surgeon by Ocular Surgery NewsAngie's List Super Service Award for high-level customer serviceJefferson Award - the "Nobel Prize" for community and public service for the Furlong Vision Correction Gift of Sight programOfficial laser vision correction and eye surgeon and Legacy Partner of the San Jose Earthquakes