During a LASIK procedure, a special laser reshapes the cornea to change its focusing power. Data shows a patient satisfaction rate of up to 98% for LASIK, with more than 90% of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better after the procedure.
Photorefractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is another refractive procedure using laser technologies to reshape the cornea. PRK was the first procedure developed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms, but because of its longer recovery time, it is now a secondary option to LASIK.
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During the pre-screening appointment, Dr. Odrich will review your medical history and other patient forms. He also will perform measurements of corneal thickness, topography and WaveScan analysis to determine if you are a suitable candidate for laser vision correction. Patients are asked to discontinue contact lens wear for 3+ days prior to the screening appointment. We also require forms to be completed prior to this appointment on our website, as no reading or screen time are allowed for 5-10 minutes prior to the screening.
Clinic: Thursdays & Saturdays
Your procedure will be on a Friday at Monticello Community Surgery Center. UVA LASIK will notify you of your arrival date and time. Someone should accompany you to drive you home. LASIK and PRK are outpatient procedures and take less than one hour. The actual procedures take approximately 15 minutes per eye. You will be instructed to go home following the procedure and rest your eyes for the duration of the day.
follow-up & recovery period
You'll most likely notice clearer vision immediately. This will improve within days for LASIK and months for PRK. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Odrich for the following day.
You should experience zero-to-minimal discomfort with LASIK. Most of our patients report no more than mild discomfort for a day or so after the procedure. There is more discomfort associated with PRK recovery, as well as a longer recovery period (up to a few weeks). Pain medication may be prescribed, if necessary.
Most people who have LASIK return to work the next day. With PRK, we recommend two or three days of rest prior to returning to work.
You might not think about it often, but your contact lenses are costing you hundreds of dollars a year. Over a few decades, that cost really adds up. Input your age below for an estimate of how much you can expect to spend on contact lenses vs. laser vision correction over your lifetime.
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MARC G. ODRICH, MD
Marc G. Odrich, MD serves as Associate Professor at the UVA Department of Ophthalmology. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who completed specialty training at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.
With almost 30 years of experience, Dr. Odrich is a pioneer in the field of refractive surgery. He has dedicated his professional life to research and the development of cutting-edge equipment and techniques, with the goal of providing world-class care to his patients.
Hundreds of doctors have been trained by Dr. Odrich and thousands of patients have benefited from his dedication and expertise.
Dr. Odrich’s commitment has resulted in his earning the Best Doctors US, Regional Top Doctor, On-Time Doctor, Patient’s Choice, and Compassionate Doctor Recognition awards.
Michele has been excited about refractive procedures ever since she had LASIK in 1996. She believed in the procedure so much, she changed careers to work in a LASIK-only private practice in Houston. She then relocated to Hawaii and helped create a refractive program for a private practice on Oahu. UVA enabled her to expand her ophthalmic knowledge, working with a variety of ophthalmology specialists. As a JCAHPO certified ophthalmic technician, COT, and part of the clinical and surgical team, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to UVA LASIK.
Brooke’s entire career has been with UVA Ophthalmology. She started doing visual fields and has expanded her knowledge and experience into all aspects of technical support for a wide range of specialties. She obtained her JCAHPO certification as an ophthalmic assistant and was then promoted to technician photographer. Her unique set of skills translated into becoming a research photographer, assisting with clinical trials at UVA. Joining the UVA LASIK team was a natural progression for her expertise and interests.