5th Avenue Eye Center | Ilan Cohen MD
5th Avenue Eye Center | Ilan Cohen MD

LASIK Surgery Not Always the Best Choice for Vision Correction

New York, NY, August 13, 2012 --(PR.com)-- While LASIK surgery is the most well-known method of correcting vision besides glasses, similar procedures might work better for some patients. In some cases, a person with eyesight problems should stick to glasses or contacts and entirely avoid vision correction surgery.

Dr. Ilan Cohen, director of 5th Avenue Eye Center in Manhattan, helps people throughout New York and New Jersey with his ground-breaking LASIK and cataract surgical procedures. However, he is concerned that the general public believes LASIK surgery is appropriate for virtually any adult with vision problems.

"LASIK is a wonderful tool for correcting vision in many people,” Dr. Cohen said. “However, LASIK is not a one-size-fits-all approach.”

LASIK permanently reshapes the cornea and it cannot be reversed if there are complications. Some procedures, such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) can offer similar results without reshaping the cornea.

“People with thin corneas should strongly consider not having LASIK surgery, but instead explore alternatives such as PRK,” Dr. Cohen said. “If you have a thin cornea and have LASIK, you have a great risk of being blinded through the procedure.”

While PRK tends to have longer recovery times and more pain than LASIK, the risk of corneal damage is dramatically lower. Also, people with significant nearsightedness might be better served by getting PRK. A good doctor can immediately repeat PRK if the results are not optimal. It can take months to try a LASIK correction again, and the risks of doing so are much greater.

“The bottom line is people need to talk to a corneal specialist when deciding whether to have LASIK, PRK, or another alternative entirely,” Dr. Cohen said. “I caution people to not just go to a LASIK center and hope for the best because LASIK is pretty much the only service they will sell, whether it's right for you or not.”

5th Avenue Eye Center is a comprehensive vision clinic with branches in Manhattan and Queens, New York as well as New Jersey. Dr. Cohen was fellowship trained in corneal surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. and Catholic Medical Center in Boston, Mass. His innovative LASIK and cataract surgical techniques and ability to correct other surgeons’ mistakes have garnered international media attention on CBS, CNBC, and FOX News. Dr. Cohen teaches LASIK surgery at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cohen, call 5th Avenue Eye Center at (732) 679-6100 or visit www.worldclasslasik.com.
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