For clear vision to occur, the cornea in the front of the eye must have the correct shape and power to focus incoming light rays precisely on the retina at the back of the eye.  If the cornea is too steep, too flat or irregular in shape, it cannot bend light at the angle needed to focus on the retina.  Eyeglasses or contact lenses are often needed to refract the incoming light rays at the angle needed for clear vision.

Refractive surgery procedures, such as LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) can reshape the cornea, focusing the light rays onto the correct location on the retina.  This can reduce and in many cases even eliminate the need for glasses and contacts.  If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for these procedures, please call 603-415-9583.  Our Refractive Surgery Coordinator will be happy to discuss the process with you, answer your questions and conduct a no-charge LASIK screening to see how refractive surgery can help you.

Our state-of-the-art LASIK procedure uses the “all laser LASIK” technique to modify corneal shape and improve vision.  First a femtosecond laser is used to force millions of tiny air bubbles in between the first and second, creating a corneal flap and exposing the underlying corneal tissue. Then an excimer laser is used to reshape the underlying layer, through a process called ablation.  Once the corneal reshaping is complete, the flap is repositioned and allowed to heal.

Patients undergoing LASIK surgery can expect improved vision as soon as the day after the surgery.  Patients are able to return to work in a day or two, though they must avoid strenuous activity for one week.

Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK)

Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) is an alternate procedure to LASIK. During PRK, no flap is created.  Instead, the surface epithelial cells are removed using an alcohol solution. Then, the excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea.  Once the procedure is complete, the doctor will cover the cornea with a clear contact lens.  This lens will stay in place for about a week while the cornea’s epithelial layer grows back.

Patients undergoing PRK experience a slower recovery than patients that have LASIK, but share the same excellent visual results once healing is complete. PRK may be more appropriate in patients with hyperopia (farsightedness), dry eye, thin corneas, or those with an irregular corneal surface.


Through Our Patients Eyes

"I took my son to see Dr. Morse when he was about four and a half. My husband and I have no vision issues, so we were really in uncharted territory. Dr. Morse and the Concord Eye Center staff were so forthcoming and honest with information and that was so important for us. This was all new and we really needed all the support we could get. Dr. Morse has been really great – taking the time to explain everything to us. Cal was very nervous about having glasses but once he got them, he could see so much better that he forgot all his nerves and just took to them. We have just felt very comfortable with Dr. Morse and are grateful for the care she’s given our family."

Cal's Mom - Concord NH

"Dr. Wasserman knew when it was time for me to consider surgery and I liked that he didn’t rush it, that he was really looking for things to get to a point where surgery made sense. When he said it was time, that surgery could really help, we scheduled it. I felt comfortable with Dr. W and with the procedure – I knew I was in good hands and that I’d be fine. It all went very smoothly. My life has improved so much since the surgery – I love that I really don’t need my glasses all the time anymore – I don’t need them for driving or distance. I didn’t realize the cataracts were that bad – I am so happy it’s done!"

Barbara - Franklin NH

“I’ve been an eye surgeon in Concord for 22 years and have performed hundreds of surgeries for my patients. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to hear them tell me how their sight has been enhanced and their quality of life improved. My favorite day of the week is my surgery day. My second is the next day when I get to hear the “wows” and see the smiles on patients’ faces. I think that’s what’s been my greatest pleasure in serving the people of Concord and the surrounding towns since 1994. If you have been noticing changes in your vision, I’m proud to recommend that you give us a call.”

Dr Erin Fogel – Concord Eye Center

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