What Is Refractive Surgery?
The cornea and lens have the important job of refracting and guiding light so it lands on the back part of your eye or the retina. These light pulses are picked up by the optic nerve and transferred to the brain, enabling you to see and interpret the environment around you. If the cornea is abnormally shaped, it does not allow light to properly refract or bend, which impacts your eyesight and causes blurry or warped vision. Many patients experience refractive errors, like nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia), and to address these conditions, we often prescribe contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, some patients may prefer to correct their vision with refractive surgery and avoid wearing glasses or contacts all the time.
As a one-stop shop for all your eye care needs, Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth, FL proudly offers refractive surgery so patients can avoid the costs and inconveniences of glasses or contacts. If you want to wake up with clear vision, avoid glasses fog when wearing a mask, or stop having dry contacts, refractive surgery can help you with your needs. This collection of treatments alters your cornea's shape, or we can implant an artificial lens to improve your eyesight. Based on your needs, our team of professional ophthalmologists will select the best option, which enables you to enhance your visual acuity and eyesight. If you experience myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia, please schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified eye doctors in Lake Worth, FL to receive additional information about refractive surgery.
How Is Refractive Surgery Performed?
At a consultation with one of our Palm Beach Eye Center ophthalmologists near Delray Beach, FL or Lake Worth, FL, we start by performing corneal mapping. This diagnostic eye test gives us an in-depth, 3D view of your cornea and helps us determine the best treatment for your needs. Typically, patients can undergo refractive surgeries as an outpatient procedure, and they are quick to complete. At the beginning of any refractive surgery, we provide numbing eye drops, then use laser-assisted technology or another innovative procedure technique to create tiny incisions in the cornea and alter its curve. By doing this, we can improve your eye’s ability to focus and enhance your overall vision. Following your procedure, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions, which usually involve using eye drops. Depending on your body and the type of procedure, the recovery times will vary for each person.
Refractive Surgery Reviews
"I develop dryness in my eyes about 3 or 4 years ago. At that time I went to see a group of physicians in the Boynton Beach area and after that I went to see another group in Palm Beach Gardens. After that group I then went to see another set of physicians in the Boca Raton area. One of my friends recommended an eye doctor in the Delray Beach area and after seeing all four of them I realized that all of them are trained about the same and are pretty much very basic in their methodologies. Each of them prescribed artificial tears of different types and put plugs in my tear ducts. One gave me Restasis that burned. It was after that that I asked one of my friends who has dryness of her eyes who he uses and he says that she uses the doctors at Palm Beach Eye Center specifically Dr. Wallshein and that his physician recommended. I called my VIP internist and asked who she used and I got a different answer. It was something like here are 3 names, and in a softer voice "but all the doctors in the area use this last one on the list, Dr Wallshein." She said "so do I." So I was in his office and he starts listening to my case and after 5 mins of my experience, he just asked me to stop right there and basically requested that he be allowed to do some dry testing on the spot. It was done and it was determined that I have multiple problems leading to my condition and he said that artificial tears and plugs were never going to be an effective way to treat it. So I'm supposed to believe this one and not everyone else? My wife and I was shocked and so we left the office. I requested my medical records and ended up going to another physician in the Fort Lauderdale area who than recommended once again artificial tears, plugs and this time a steroid. After doing this for several months with no improvement, I decided to return to Palm Beach Eye Center to discuss my case further. The doctor asked where I had been for so long and I said that I decided to get another opinion. We both smiled. To be honest I thought the doctor was looking to get some extra money because there was a test that was not covered by insurance of $40. He said he wished everything was covered as well because it would certainly be a lot easier to treat patients in an effective way. Anyway after multiple years of all my problems, Dr Wallshein made a treatment plan and I followed it. It's been 2 months now that I saw the good doctor and I feel great. My eyes are perfect and I sleep great at night. I can use the computer all day long. I cannot tell you how this is changed my life and I cannot tell you how wrong people can be and short-sighted. Anyway I'm just very pleased with this doctor. My wife had cataract surgery and had an absolute beautiful outcome with 20/20 vision distance and near. My daughter now sees him and she's very happy with her new contact lenses. I highly recommend this practice to all my friends. They are truly ethical smart and are thinking outside the box when it comes to treating conditions that nobody else does and I mean this literally as I saw just about everyone else."- L.S. / Google / Dec 16, 2018
"I started with this physician about 10 years ago. I was recommended by my primary care physician who used him. I also have about 40 other friends that use Dr. Wallshein. He performed cataract surgery on many of them. He also performed lid surgery on several. Dr. Wallshein is very caring and very ethical. We all love going to his practice and he's a good doctor. My vision after cataract surgery is 20/20 without glasses. I had no pain or discomfort from it. All of my friends had great outcomes as well. I had lid surgery with him as well and my lids look fantastic. Prior to surgery explained that I may get black and blue for up to 4 weeks. The usual is 2 weeks. I had it for about 10 days and a little swelling. I also was told that small scars could form around the sutures but I didn't get any. My friend had a few and were removed easily. Botox was explained helps keep the lids looking great for a much longer time than just the lids surgery itself. He's completely right. Anyone that hasn't had the Botox looks like they're the same a year later. Mine has been excellent for much longer. I read a review that was negative on here about lid surgery. The person is clueless. All you need to do is call the good doctor and he'll take care of everything. The office can get busy. Well that's because everyone wants to go to him. All the doctors in the area do and they send everyone."- R.J. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
"Ive been going to Palm Beach Eye Center in Lake Worth for 10 years. My physician is Dr. Wallshein. The first exam was about 10 years ago when I called the office for an emergency. He came to the office right away and saw me for my issue. I had an infection in the eye and he treated it with antibiotics. It went away fast. He gave me his cell phone number to call if there was a problem and I had a follow up exam scheduled. On other visits I had been seen by him for cataract surgery and had both eyes done. My vision is spectacular and I can drive and read without any glasses. Since the beginning all of my family sees him. I have also recommended all of my friends and about 20 have all had amazing experiences in his office. Between all of my friends we have been to almost every eye doctor in Lake Worth, Delray, Boynton and Wellington areas. Everyone is most impressed with Dr. Wallshein. On occasion we have had to wait a little longer than I'd like but when he's in the room he gives you all the time you need and always ask is there any other issues. One time, my husband had another issue. He said he was having difficult with his balance and seeing as well. Dr. Wallshein stopped what he was doing, ordered a bunch of tests, and a few in the office. My husband ended up having a serious condition that everyone else missed. We Love Dr. Wallshein. The best."- M.L. / Google / Dec 16, 2018
" Whoever thought the cataract surgery could be a good experience, But with Dr. Pearlman at the head of the table it was “all good”. From his office staff to the surgical staff everything was done to make me feel comfortable. I am just scheduled my second eye surgery and look forward to it. I have been singing his praises to anyone that would listen!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 13, 2019
Refractive Surgery FAQ
Is refractive surgery safe?
Although all surgeries carry some risks, refractive surgery is generally considered a safe procedure with a very low incident of complications (less than 1%). Large amounts of clinical research and many studies have been done on the safety and efficacy of refractive surgery since its approval by the FDA in 1998. Refractive eye surgeries are one of the most popular and frequently done procedures in the U.S. today, with more than 20 million procedures done with a patient satisfaction rate of 90%.
Is refractive surgery painful?
Refractive surgery does not hurt. Before your procedure, your doctor will numb your eyes with anesthetic drops. These will prevent any possible pain or discomfort. Most patients say they only feel slight pressure during the procedure.
Does refractive surgery improve vision?
Yes, refractive surgery can dramatically improve your vision without the need for glasses or contacts. Typically, you can expect to achieve 20/25 vision or better after your procedure.
Can you go blind from refractive surgery?
There is a common misconception that you can go blind from refractive surgery. The surgery itself does not cause blindness, and complications, while extremely rare (less than 1%), are easily avoidable if you follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your doctor.
Sharper, Clearer Vision
Having clear eyesight without the use of glasses or contacts could be a dream come true for many South Florida patients. Enabling you to live more comfortably and improving your quality of life, our professional ophthalmologists in Lake Worth, FL or Delray Beach, FL can correct your vision with refractive surgery. At Palm Beach Eye Center, we select the best surgical technique for your eyesight and provide an effective solution for improved visual acuity. Please schedule an appointment with our caring team to learn more about treatments, insurance options, and payment plans.