Your Vision is Our Vision
To Flap or Not to Flap
Karen M. Repine, M.D.
epine Vision and Laser (nearsightedness), Astigmatism
offers two types of (asymmetrical cornea), and Hy-
refractive surgery—PRK peropia (farsightedness). Pres-
and LASIK. Television and radio byopia (a condition which re-
commercials champion the virtues quires people to need reading
of LASIK, but rarely discuss PRK glasses or bifocals) currently is not
which is a viable alternative. correctable with LASIK or PRK.
Presbyopia is due to the normal
What is the difference between aging process of the eye, and often
PRK and LASIK? causes people over age 40 to need
You may have heard about PRK, glasses in order to read. However,
SERVICES OFFERED AT which stands for Photorefractive leaving one eye slightly
REPINE VISION AND LASER Keratectomy, the medical name for nearsighted helps with tasks at
the laser procedure. PRK and LASIK near vision. This type of correction
In addition to premium Laser Vision (Laser in-situ Keratomileusis) both is called monovision.
Correction Surgery, services at utilize a cool laser laser system to The LASIK procedure removes
Repine Vision and Laser include: reshape the cornea. However, corneal tissue below the surface of
there are significant differences. the cornea. With a small mechanical
• LASIK device called a microkeratome, Dr.
• PRK LASIK Repine will create a flap of tissue from
• Corneal Refractive Therapy (see With LASIK, Dr. Repine first the cornea. The flap is then folded
removes the top layer of the cornea back from the eye surface, and the
• Comprehensive Eye Examinations
and Family Eye Care by creating a flap. She then uses the
cool laser for treatment under the
• Refractions for Eyeglasses
• Expert Fitting of Contact Lenses flap. The flap is then replaced,
• Optical Shop with a Large Selection
of Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses
• Glaucoma Screening and Manage-
• Cataract Management including
thereby creating a natural bandage.
LASIK treats the following refrac-
tive problems of the eye: Myopia
Karen M. Repine, M.D.
Dr. Repine has been named
Surgical Treatment one of the LaserVision®
• Family Eye Care Board Certified Ophthalmologist 2001 Top 100
• Eye Trauma Care Deborah Fitzgerald Roos, O.D. National Surgeons for
• Medical and Surgical Consultation (303) 788-8848 achieving excellence in
for Eye Disease www.repinevision.com refractive surgery.
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laser sculpts the cornea. This eye, including Myopia (nearsight- discomfort until the epithelium
permanently alters the corneal shape edness), Astigmatism (cornea is heals. Full visual results may take
in order to correct the curvature. football-shaped rather than basket- anywhere from several days to a few
Finally, the corneal flap is returned ball-shaped), and Hyperopia (far- months or more, depending upon
to its original position and adheres sightedness). After the epithelium how quickly the surface heals.
to the cornea within minutes. (the outermost layer of the cornea) Repine Vision and Laser offers a
Post-operatively, visual recovery cells are removed the laser is used complimentary consultation to
is rapid and our patients report to sculpt the cornea underneath. help you determine if you are a
little or no post-operative pain. After PRK, a bandage contact lens candidate for a laser refractive
is placed for several days until the procedure and which procedure is
PRK surface cells heal. Patients may best for you.
With PRK there is no flap. PRK experience blurry vision for 3-5 Please call our office at (303) 788-
treats refractive problems of the days and a mild amount of 8848 to set up your consultation.
Repine Vision Introduces Perfect places to
Corneal Refractive Therapy correct your vision.
REPINE VISION AND LASER ANNOUNCES
A REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY IN
• Freedom From Eyeglasses or Contacts
• No Surgery — Reversible
• Approved for Children & Adults
CORNEAL REFRACTIVE THERAPY
Repine Vision and Laser is one of the few vision practices in
Colorado that are trained to dispense this much-discussed alter-
native to refractive surgery.
Imagine seeing clearly at a distance without wearing glasses or contact
lenses! Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a non-surgical process clini-
cally developed to reshape the cornea and correct nearsightedness with
or without astigmatism. A unique therapeutic lens, Paragon CRT™, de-
veloped with the latest technology to gently reshape the cornea, is worn 5
only while you sleep. The result is clear crisp vision without contact lenses 5
or glasses during your daily activities.
You may qualify for Corneal Refractive Therapy if:
• You wear glasses or contact lenses for nearsightedness and require a 5 5
correction of -0.50D to –6.00D with up to –1.75D of astigmatism. The first five people who sign up
• You do not have any existing eye disease or disorder. for Corneal Refractie Therapy will
• Your corneas are too thin for LASIK or PRK. receive $300.00 off the cost of
Contact us to discuss your alternatives. 5 the procedure! 5
5 2 8 0 M a g a z i n e N a m e d D r. K a r e n R e p i n e a
T OP LASER SURGEON i n D e n v e r !
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