Fresh Meadows
Sunnyside Location
176-60 Union Turnpike,
Suite 110
Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY 11366
47-01 Queens Boulevard,
Suite 101
Sunnyside, Queens, NY 11104

LASIK Alternatives

LASIK technology Queens NYCSome patients are found not to be candidates for LASIK surgery. There are quite a few things that can factor into making LASIK unavailable for some people. Some conditions, such as a thin and unstable cornea, can make LASIK surgery complicated and increase the risk of serious side effects. However, Hirshfield Eye Center offers other surgical alternatives to LASIK that may be appropriate for you.

PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) is a type of refractive surgery, very similar to LASIK, performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK has been around longer than LASIK, and is the first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction. PRK takes longer to recover from, but does have some advantages over LASIK eye surgery for some patients.

The biggest difference between PRK and LASIK is that instead of creating a thin corneal flap, the entire outer (epithelial) layer of the cornea is removed. This exposes the area called the stromal layer, which is then reshaped by an excimer laser, just like during LASIK. Because PRK surgery does not create a flap in the cornea, the entire underlying stroma is available for treatment, unlike during LASIK.

LASIK Queens New York

PRK has the same outcome of LASIK, but takes longer to recover from because it takes a few days for the new epithelial cells to regrow and cover the surface of the eye. This means that there is a higher risk of infection and haziness within the first few days, so extra care should be taken.

If you would like to know more about PRK and if whether it will work for you, contact our office in the Queens area. We look forward to helping you gain you best vision yet!

Patient Financing

Hirshfield Eye Associates will accept Cash, Checks, MC, VISA and AMEX as forms of payment. For surgery that is not covered by insurance we also have financing through Wells Fargo, which can finance your procedure after a simple online or faxed application.

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Why Choose Us?

Here at Hirshfield Eye Associates we realize that you have many choices when considering the best care for your eyes. We believe that we offer the best possible care as well as convenient availability.

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Multifocal Vision

If you are seeking Multifocal Vision in New York or would like a second opinion we can help.

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Comprehensive Ophthalmology

We fit a complete line of contact lenses including bifocal and progressive lenses, toric lenses for astigmatism and rigid gas permeable lenses for those who require or prefer this technology.

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Laser Vision Correction in New York

If you are seeking Laser Vision Correction in New York or would like a second opinion we can help.

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