At Bright Eyes Vision Clinic, we provide comprehensive care to meet the vision needs of our patients. As an optometrist, Dr. Bruce Colton offers pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK, cataract, or other eye surgical procedures. Our goal is to help you attain the clearest vision possible using advanced technologies.
Evaluation and Referral
LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery uses the latest advancements in technology to provide fast recovery times and precise results. LASIK surgery is effective in treating myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and other eye conditions. At Bright Eyes Vision Clinic, we provide evaluations and referrals for patients interested in LASIK surgery. Dr. Colton performs a complete review of your patient history as well as a full assessment of your eye health and vision. A current exam is important to determining if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery and if there are any other factors that may affect your results. The history review enables our optometrist to determine if your prescription is stable and you are healthy enough to consider surgery.
Once Dr. Colton has performed the evaluation and determined whether you are a candidate for LASIK, you will be given a referral one of our preferred LASIK surgery centers. Dr. Colton has evaluated quality and outcomes from a number of different local facilities and surgeons, and now only refers to the best. We will be in correspondence with the center regarding your evaluation and surgical determination. If you are considering LASIK surgery, call us at 972-578-2020 to schedule a consultation.
Once your surgery is scheduled, we will schedule follow-up appointments for you in our Murphy office. Typically, you will begin these follow-ups the day after the surgery and continue at prearranged times over the following one to three months. After 1 year, annual exams are recommended to determine the long-term results of your procedure, control unwanted side effects, and maintain internal health of the eyes. Dr. Colton is experienced in working with patients pre- and post-operation and will answer any questions that you have along the way. If you have questions about LASIK surgery, call 972-578-2020 to speak with our knowledgeable staff or email us.
Advantages of LASIK
If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for a long time, you may have wondered if LASIK surgery is a good choice for you. While not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, it does have some great advantages. People who play sports, have allergies, or who are looking for simplicity will all benefit from LASIK. To learn more about LASIK and your vision, call Bright Eyes Vision Clinic today at 972-578-2020.
Eye Surgery Evolution
Advanced technology has made it possible to reshape eyes and restore vision. Surgical techniques and tools have rapidly evolved over the past two decades to create procedures that are both safe and helpful.
Corrective surgeries for eyes now include everything from using lasers to reshape the cornea surface to inserting artificial lenses. These procedures correct how light entering the eye is processed – resulting in much sharper vision.
Types of Eye Surgeries
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK, or flapless LASIK) became the first successful surgery to change the shape of the cornea through removing tissue. The FDA approved PRK in 1995 and it is still widely used. With PRK, it only takes a few weeks for vision improvements to be realized. Dr. Colton is a huge proponent of PRK, and underwent the procedure himself in 2016.
LASIK involves cutting a thin flap in the outer covering of the eye to reshape the cornea. Unlike PRK, it only takes a few hours to gain sharper vision. There is some risk of suffering dry eye and other complications such as halos around bright lights until the flap fully heals. LASIK flaps were originally created with the aid of a metal cutting tool, which some surgeons in Dallas still use, but Dr. Colton highly discourages it due to scarring, dryness, and inaccuracy. He only refers to surgery centers using state-of-the-art technology to make blade-free laser flaps and wavefront technology.
Some eye surgeries require implanting new artificial lenses to produce vision improvements. Implantable lenses similar to contact lenses can correct more severe levels of nearsightedness. These artificial lenses go permanently over the natural lens on the eye. Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) takes it a step further and replaces the natural lens with an artificial lens of a different shape.
Eye Surgery Considerations
Our eyes change as we age, so some corrective surgeries are not a good option for everyone. People under 18, for example, are not good candidates for laser eye surgeries because their eyes change rapidly as their bodies are growing. Patients nearing age 40 are also on the verge of a vision change called presbyopia. Dr. Colton can help you understand these changes, and plan for a surgery that will give you the clearest vision long term.