Laser Correction Surgery a Future Without Contacts or Glasses?

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by Dougherty Laser Vision

If you have to wear contacts or glasses, you know that it can be difficult to see without them. Yet, there are times when you wish you did not have to wear either one. The contacts might bother your eyes or you want to be able to enjoy a day at the beach without your glasses getting wet.

If you play sports, you know that both contacts and glasses can be problematic. The lenses can slide in your eyes. You have to take extra precautions if wearing glasses to avoid face injuries. No matter why you would like a future without contacts or glasses, it is possible with the right laser correction surgery.

Different Types of Eye Surgery

There are several different types of eye surgery that can be performed to correct your vision. In most cases, with the right eye surgery, you no longer need to wear glasses or contracts. Imagine not having to remember to put your glasses on to see or all that time and effort that goes into wearing contacts.


LASIK is probably the best-known laser eye surgery. It can help correct astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. It involves using lasers to correct the vision by cutting a small flap in the cornea and sculpting it to correct vision problems.


PRK is an alternative to LASIK that has similar outcomes. Most people who get PRK achieve 20/20 vision without contacts or glasses. An excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea and correction vision problems.

Visian ICL/Visian Toric ICL

For people who are not ideal candidates for LASIK or PRK, Visian ICL or Visian Toric ICL eye surgery could be the solution. Surgically implanted contact lenses are inserted into the cornea to correct vision problems. The lenses are biocompatible and help provide clear vision.


This corrective laser eye surgery is another alternative to LASIK. It is a one-step procedure where a femtosecond laser is used to cut a small incision in the cornea and reshape it by removing a small piece of the tissue to correct vision problems.

Intraocular Lenses (IOLs)

This laser eye surgery installed lenses into the cornea similar to the Visian ICL and Visian Toric ICL procedures. IOLs are typically used in people who have cataracts. Yet, the procedure can be used in other people who have a combination of vision problems and who are not ideal candidates for other laser eye surgeries.

The Future of Laser Correction Surgery

Advances are being made every year in laser correction surgery. Some procedures are being updated with new technologies like CATz Topography-Assisted LASIK. New lasers are also being developed that allow the procedures to be performed in a single day with faster recovery times.

Other developments underway include trifocal IOLs, new monofocal lenses, and auto-focusing implantable lenses. A future without contacts or glasses is possible for more and more people every year.

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If you are tired of wearing contacts or glasses, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Dougherty Laser Vision. We have locations in Westlake VillageSimi ValleyEncino, and Camarillo, CA. Not only do we see patients from Southern California, but from all over and throughout the United States, Canada, and other foreign countries.

Call us at (805) 870-9482 to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Dougherty today! Dougherty Laser Vision uses a wide variety of the latest and advanced technologies to help our patients see clearly and correct their vision problems.