If you currently wear glasses, you may be looking to have surgery that corrects your vision and eliminates the need for glasses. Here at Odessa Vision, we are committed to helping our patients learn more about the different eye surgeries and determine what the right option for their vision correction. Here is some more information about the different types of corrective eye surgeries we offer and what conditions can be treated with these surgeries.

Types of Eye Surgeries

An optometrist in Odessa TX may offer a variety of different corrective eye surgeries depending on your diagnosis. Here are a few of the different types of eye surgeries offered bat Odessa Vision.


Lasik surgery helps to reshape the cornea and focus light into the eye and the retina. This procedure is ideal for those who have astigmatism, are nearsighted or farsighted. This is currently one of the most popular corrective eye surgeries around due to its ability to correct many different issues.

Photorefractive Keratectomy

Photorefractive keratctomy, or PRK, is a laser treatment that helps to reshape the surface of the cornea. Unlike Lasik, it only reshapes the surface of the cornea, rather than the entire tissue. This means it only works for mild astigmatism, nearsightedness or farsightedness, unlike Lasik which can treat moderate to severe cases.

Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty

Automated lamellar keratoplasty, or ALK, involves cutting a flap in the cornea and tightening the underlying tissue. Lasik is a similar procedure, however, the main difference between the two is that Lasik is done with a laser, while ALK is done by hand. Many doctors prefer to use the laser method due to its lower risk factor, which is slowly making this procedure is becoming obsolete.

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive lens exchange, or RLE, is a procedure that is done specifically to remove cataracts. The doctor makes a small incision in the cornea to remove the lens of the eye. The lens is then replaced, helping to correct your vision and get rid of the lens that was damaged due to cataracts.


PRELEX is a procedure that is done when the lens in the eye loses its flexibility. When this occurs, the patient is diagnosed with a condition called presbyopia. This condition causes people to have difficulty focusing on close objects. They may appear blurry. During this procedure, the surgeon places a multi-focal lens in the eye to restore focus and correct the problem.

Learn More From Your Odessa Optometrist

If you are looking to learn more about corrective eye surgeries or find out if you are a right candidate, contact your optometrist in Odessa today. Call us at  432-362-3133 to schedule your appointment.