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LASIK and Refractive Surgery Options

Refractive errors occur when your eye cannot focus images properly, resulting in blurry vision and other symptoms. This can result in nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, which can make it difficult to function without eyeglasses or contacts to correct your vision. Some patients opt for refractive surgery in Loveland to decrease their dependence on glasses and contacts. At ICON Eyecare in Loveland, we perform several types of refractive surgery, including LASIK, PRK, ICL, and CLE.

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LASIK Surgery in Loveland

LASIK surgery is the most popular and well-known type of refractive surgery. While not everyone makes a good candidate for LASIK, this procedure can correct the following eye conditions:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia) – If your eye becomes too long, the cornea curves, causing light to focus before it reaches the retina, blurring distant vision. However, you can see near objects clearly.
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia) – If your eye shortens, the cornea becomes flat, and light focuses behind the retina. This makes it difficult to see near objects clearly.
  • Astigmatism – If the cornea flattens or curves unevenly, you may end up with astigmatism, which impacts near and far vision.

What to Expect During LASIK Surgery?

Here is an overview of LASIK Surgery:

  1. During surgery, the surgeon numbs your eye using anesthetic drops. They use an eyelid holder to keep your eyelids open and a suction ring to hold your eye in place.
  2. Your vision goes black, and the surgeon uses a laser or scalpel to make a flap on the cornea.
  3. Then, the flap is folded back so the laser can access the cornea and reshape it according to the measurements taken during your consultation.
  4. Your surgeon replaces the corneal flap back and it heals without stitches.

Quick Recovery Time

LASIK surgery does not require excessive downtime during the recovery process. Many patients even return to work the day following their procedure. Within a month, you can gradually resume your favorite everyday activities, like working out, swimming, etc.

It’s Affordable

Laser vision correction in Loveland completely removes the need for expensive frames, contacts subscriptions, and other accessories that add up over time. Our payment plans and financing options make this procedure even more affordable.

96% Patient Satisfaction Rate

LASIK is an extremely safe procedure with minimal side effects and permanent results, where many patients can achieve 20/20 vision. Surveys have shown that LASIK has earned a 96% satisfaction rate. If your eyesight does not meet our standards after the healing period, we will even provide an enhancement free of charge

Find Out If You are a Candidate for LASIK

LASIK isn’t the right choice for everyone. Those with thin corneas, strong prescriptions, or certain underlying health conditions may not receive their desired results with this procedure. Fortunately, non-LASIK candidates can still undergo alternate corrective vision procedures, like PRK and Visian ICL, to improve their vision.

At ICON Eyecare in Loveland, we provide a free LASIK screening that includes a complete eye exam to ensure that LASIK is a safe, beneficial option. Take our quiz or schedule your free consultation and get on the road toward a life free from contacts and glasses.

PRK Surgery for Refractive Errors

Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK also uses lasers to shape the cornea and improve your vision. The surgeon uses a vibrating microkeratome to remove the cornea’s epithelial layer, allowing the laser to reshape the cornea.

Following PRK, you receive contact lenses to protect the eye as it heals over the next four days. You will receive a prescription for antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication prior to the surgery so that you can properly prepare for your recovery.

PRK takes a bit longer to heal than LASIK. However, it’s sometimes a good alternative for those who cannot undergo LASIK surgery due to having a thin cornea.


Visian ICL is not a laser surgery but can still enhance vision for those with nearsightedness and astigmatism. In fact, an ICL is more similar to a contact lens in nature, except that it is inserted inside the eye. The implanted lens works with the natural lens to improve vision without inhibiting your eye’s natural ability to focus.

Clear Lens Exchange

Clear Lens Exchange or CLE, is similar to the ICL procedure, as they both involve inserting an artificial lens to improve the vision. Unlike ICL, CLE requires fully replacing the natural lens with the artificial one, similar to cataract surgery.


After LASIK surgery, you can go home and rest your eyes. Many patients return to work the next day and report that their vision has greatly improved. Avoid heavy lifting, rubbing your eyes and strenuous exercise for up to a week after the surgery.


It can take up to a month to see vision improvements after PRK. The healing process takes a bit longer. However, you will receive instructions on how to facilitate healing and protect your eyes.


Patients can usually expect a 20-30 minute procedure or less and most people are able to resume daily activities in just a few short days with clearer vision.


Since CLE is identical to cataract surgery, full recovery from CLE surgery typically takes about four weeks. If you are undergoing CLE surgery on both eyes, your surgeon will operate on one eye at a time. Blurry vision will continue for several days after surgery as the first eye adjusts to the new artificial lens. Even though some patients say they see clearly almost immediately, others have said that they experience vision issues for up to a week. It’s also common for eyes to be bloodshot after the surgery, but this should subside within several days. Another possible side effect is a scratchy sensation in the eyes, but this too should only be temporary.

Minimizing Risk Factors

Following refractive surgery, some patients can experience dry eyes. Using drops that mimic natural tears can help alleviate dry eye irritation. Following laser vision, your optometrist will prescribe antibacterial drops to help prevent infection.

Contact ICON Eyecare in Loveland today to set up a consultation for refractive surgery or any other concerns you have about your vision health.

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