Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA)
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is a new alternative for those looking to treat common vision problems such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness. Advancements in technology now give patients the short recovery time of LASIK with the long-lasting results of ASA.
What is (ASA)?
During the ASA procedure, the vision correction is performed right on the surface of the eye, rather than under a flap of the cornea. Excimer lasers are used to reshape the front surface of the cornea, which improves vision. For the next few days following the surgery, a temporary soft contact lens is placed in the eye to help with healing.
How is ASA Different From Older PRK Procedures?
Even before LASIK was a popular choice for vision correction, doctors performed photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Although PRK offered superior long-term results when compared to LASIK, it typically caused patients more discomfort and a longer recovery time. With ASA, patients still receive the same long-term results as PRK, but with a faster and more comfortable recovery due to advancements made in surgical methods.
ASA vs. LASIK
While the quick recovery and minimal discomfort of LASIK is attractive to many patients, ASA offers better long-term visual quality and is ultimately safer. ASA is also an ideal alternative to LASIK for patients who:
- Are looking to avoid LASIK flap complications
- Have eye pressure problems such as glaucoma or corneal dystrophy
- Have thin corneas
What to Expect
The entire ASA procedure is relatively quick, lasting only a few minutes. Here is what patients can expect:
- For comfort, anesthetic eye drops are used.
- The surface of the cornea (epithelium) is removed with an automated brush.
- Laser treatments properly reshape the eye.
- The cornea is then rinsed with a chilled physiologically balanced solution.
- Until the epithelium regenerates, patients will wear a clear bandage contact lens.
Are You an ASA Candidate?
You may be an excellent candidate for ASA if you:
- Are looking to be free from glasses or contacts
- Are over the age of 18
- Have maintained a stable eye prescription for at least a year
- Do not have any health issues that have an effect on your eyes
To find out more information and to determine which treatment option is best for your individual case, call (303) 499-2020 or complete the form below to schedule your consultation.