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Laser Vision Correction
Dr. Matthew Kruger, MD - Denver

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Dr. Kruger is specially qualified to perform Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, more commonly referred to as LASIK eye surgery, as well as Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK. The procedures are safe and effective, used to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Patients at Associates in Eyecare experience a dramatic improvement in quality of life from laser-assisted surgeries, and our physicians use only the finest technology and equipment to give each patient the greatest chance of achieving perfect vision.

Common Questions about Laser Vision Correction

How does laser eye surgery work?

LASIK reshapes the cornea with lasers to adjust how the eye focuses. Farsighted patients’ vision can improve with LASIK by flattening the cornea; nearsighted patients can steepen the curve of the cornea; and patients with astigmatism can smooth irregularities on the cornea.

Similarly, PRK uses lasers to reshape the cornea, using a slightly different technique. PRK has the potential to treat higher degrees of refractive error or patients with thinner corneas.

How are LASIK and PRK better than other refractive eye surgeries?

LASIK eye surgery and PRK are more predictable and has a lower risk of complications than traditional refractive surgery techniques. Because LASIK and PRK use automated lasers as opposed to manual incisions, there is less risk of human error.

What should I expect for my laser eye surgery procedure?

LASIK is an outpatient procedure performed by a data-driven laser—it is quick, safe, and effective. Dr. Kruger will create a microscopic flap in the cornea and, using a computer-controlled excimer laser, send pulses of light at it to complete the desired reshaping. Patients are expected to feel pressure during the process, but no pain. Similarly, PRK utilizes a data-driven laser, but no flap is created in the process.

More than 80 million people worldwide have experienced these life-changing procedures. The procedure is performed at our laser facility, Clarity Laser Center.

What is recovery from laser eye surgery like?

Eye drop or ointment will be placed in your eyes after the surgery, and you will be sent home to rest. Usually, patients experience clearer vision immediately, but it will improve even more with the coming week. Most patients will return to work the next day after surgery, and may return to driving as soon as they feel their vision has recovered enough—as long as it’s not same-day as surgery. Dr. Kruger recommends that patients do not wear makeup for about one week after surgery and to buy new makeup to lower the risk of postoperative infection.

Am I eligible for laser eye surgery?

Those eligible for laser eye surgery are over the 21 years of age and have had a stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least two years. Candidates should have sufficient corneal thickness—thick enough to allow the surgeon to safely create a clean corneal flap of appropriate depth. Patients suffering from disease, both vision-related and otherwise, that may hinder postoperative recovery are not eligible for laser eye surgery.

Dr. Kruger’s patients experience great success when choosing this surgery. If you’re considering LASIK eye surgery to correct your vision, contact our office. We will help guide you through your options.