A Total Vision Solution.
Our EyeHealth LASIK is unparalleled to any other in the Northwest. Our surgeons personally provide the highest quality comphrehensive care: one-to-one with you, our patient.
For us, it’s personal. We have set the gold standard in eye health care for more than 55 years here in the northwest. We live, work, play and support our local communites, and share in the reverence for our beautiful state. As we see it, your vision correction is more than just surgery. It’s a relationship of long-term eye health care with your surgeon; we are a total vision solution.
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As a safe and effective outpatient procedure, LASIK and laser vision correction corrects a wide range of vision problems; nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Am I a Candidate?
Candidates for LASIK laser vision correction should have a good understanding of the risks and rewards from laser vision correction, be in good health with health corneas and stable vision. People with certain medical conditions, pregnant or nursing, may not be good candidates
Am I Ready?
The best way to find our if you’re ready is to arrange a complimentary candidacy evaluation and talk personally with your surgeon.Simple call, click or email your interest to arrange a visit.To learn more about the steps to LASIK view YourLASIK Path Link.
CustomVue™ LASIK is the culmination of decades of advancement in Vision Correction Surgery. Over a million procedures are performed in the United States each year. Technology has reached the point at which patients and doctors have tremendous confidence in the accuracy and predictability of the results. Serious side effects are rare. Recovery is quick, painless, and uneventful in most cases. CustomVue™ LASIK can now be used to treat virtually all patients regardless of their prescription including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Reach the full potential of your vision.
The pattern of visual imperfections in your eye is as unique to you as your fingerprint. Before these recent advancements in technology, doctors were only able to use standard measurements to correct vision, meaning that prescriptions could only provide a certain level of correction regardless of an individual's needs. CustomVue™ allows us to measure these visual imperfections at 200 individual points. We can treat each of the 200 points individually to create a personalized vision correction that is ideal for you. This treatment can potentially provide vision better than you have ever experienced with glasses or contact lenses.
Great Vision By Day and By Night
The pattern of visual imperfections in your eye is as unique to you as your fingerprint. To perform CustomVue™ LASIK, we use a digital VISX WaveScan® which can identify, measure, and correct imperfections in an individual’s eyes 25 times more precisely than with standard methods used for glasses and contact lenses. This measurement can be taken in seconds. It is directly transferred to the laser, eliminating human error and subjectivity. VISX CustomVue™ treatment can potentially provide better vision than you have ever experienced with glasses or contact lenses.
One year after the CustomVue™ procedure, patients in a clinical study reported these great results without glasses or contact lenses:
- 100% could pass a driving test
- 98% could see 20/20 or better
- 70% could see better than 20/20
When considering laser vision correction eye surgery, most patients want the quickest recovery. However, patient safety, quality of vision, and even lifestyle are priority considerations assessed by our surgeons when recommending the best procedure for you.
As a surgery candidate, there are two ways your Advanced Custom correction surgery can be perfomed. Advanced CustomVue LASIK & Advanced PRK/Epi-LASIK. Both procedures use precision guided VISX wavefront correction, partnered with FDA-approved Wavescan technology with WavePrint Cornea Mapping, 3D ActiveTrak positioning and Iris Registration. These groundbreaking technologies enable your surgeon to tailor your individual procedure and customize your total vision correction needs.
Your surgeon may recommend LASIK if your preoperative exam in within normal parameters and you require a faster recovery.
During LASIK, a thin layer of tissue is folded back from the surface of the cornea. After the VISX laser reshapes the mid-layers of the exposed cornea, the tissue is folded back into place, where it bonds quickly. LASIK requires no needles and no stitches.
Healing for most patients is so fast that vision can improve within hours of the procedure, and many patients return to work the next day.
Advanced Surface Treatment/PRK
Advanced Surface PRK/Epi-LASIK:
Your surgeon may recommend Advanced PRK/Epi-LASIK Surface Laser Vision Correction if you have thin or weak corneas, or dry eyes. An equally effective alternative to LASIK.
During Advanced Surface PRK /EPI-LASIK the VISX laser reshapes the surface of the exposed cornea after the outer layers of cells or epithelium tearfilm is removed. A bandage contact lens is then placed on the eye for comfort. New layers of tearfilm cells regenerate and recover the treated cornea, usually within three to five days.
Most patients return to work in 4-5 days.
|Vision Correction Procedure||Surface Laser Vision Correction||LASIK|
|Laser||CustomVue Visx S4||CustomVue Visx S4|
|Post-Operative Pain||Mild to Moderate 24-48 hours||Minimal 12 hours|
|Post-Operative Medications||3weeks||1-2 weeks|
|Functional Vision Recovery||3-5 days||24 hours|
|Visual Results Fully Recognized||3 weeks to several months||1-6 weeks|
|Return to Work||5-7 days||1-2 days|
Presbyopia, also known as the “short arm syndrome,” is a term used to describe an eye in which the natural lens can no longer accommodate. Accommodation is the eye’s way of changing its focusing distance. At about the age of 40, the lens becomes less flexible and accommodation is gradually lost. It’s a normal process that everyone eventually experiences. Early on, holding reading material further away helps for many patients. But eventually, reading correction in the form of reading glasses,
bifocals, or contact lenses is needed for close work. Nearsighted people have the option to simply take their glasses off because they see best close-up.
Signs and Symptoms of Presbyopia
- Difficulty seeing clearly for close work
- Print seems to have less contrast
- Brighter, more direct light required for reading
- Reading material must be held further away to see (for some)
- Fatigue and eyestrain when reading
The treatment for presbyopia is very simple, but is entirely dependent on the individual’s age, lifestyle, occupation, and hobbies.Bifocals glasses or separate pairs of reading and distance glasses are necessary. Another option is monovision: adjusting one eye for distance vision, and the fellow eye for reading vision. This can be done with contact lenses or permanently with refractive surgery.
What is Monovision?
The use of one eye for distance and one eye for near vision is referred to as monovision and is one of the options to consider as part of your refractive surgery decision. Monovision has been used successfully for over 20 years with contact lens correction. By correcting one eye to focus in the distance and one eye to focus for near, the vision part of our brain tends to suppress or filter out the image from the eye that is not in clear focus. The patient is not bothered by the eye that is not in focus, however depth perception is reduced.
Monovision and LASIKLASIK surgery cannot cure presbyopia or make reading glasses obsolete. Fortunately, monovision gives some people another option for managing their presbyopia. The advantage of monovision is that many people can achieve a broader range of functional vision without reading glasses. However, a significant number of people have difficulty adjusting to monovision and may experience balance difficulties or impaired depth perception. Anyone who wants monovision LASIK should try it with contact lenses or glasses before surgery.
Monovision LASIK is not a cure for presbyopia. It simply "re-sets" the clock for near vision, giving you an additional 5 to 10 years without the need for reading glasses for most tasks. Even with monovision, however, there may be some situations (such as night driving in unfamiliar areas) where you might require glasses.
LASIK Frequently Asked Questions
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What kind of refractive errors can be helped with laser vision correction?
A: Currently, most degrees of nearsightedness and astigmatism can be treated with laser vision correction. Mild to moderate degrees of farsightedness can also be corrected.
Who is a candidate for laser vision correction?
A: At EyeHealth you will undergo a thorough pre-operative exam to determine if you are a good candidate. Our surgeons will not perform laser vision correction on a patient unless they believe they can achieve the patient's desired outcome.
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
A: LASIK and PRK use the Excimer laser to reshape the cornea.
LASIK reshapes the internal surface of the cornea after a thin flap has been made using a microkeratome. Because the flap is placed back into its original position, the eye heals much more quickly. After LASIK most patients have little or no discomfort within a half day and notice a remarkable improvement in vision the next day. Final visual results generally occur within one to two weeks after LASIK. PRK was the first procedure using the Excimer laser to be performed in the United States. This procedure reshapes the outer surface of the cornea after the outer cell layers have been removed with a special instrument. After the laser treatment, the outer surface of the cornea re-heals over three to four days and final visual results are usually attained in three to four weeks after PRK. Both LASIK and PRK correct vision for nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness.
Is there pain during the laser vision correction procedure?
A: Patients experience no pain during the procedure because their eyes are numbed using anesthetic drops. After the procedure, some patients report slight discomfort.
Is laser vision correction permanent?
A: LASIK and PRK are considered to be permanent procedures with little or no change in refraction after the first month. Having laser vision correction, will not change the normal aging process of the eye called "Presbyopia".
Does insurance pay for laser vision correction?
A: Currently, there are insurances that offer discounts for vision correction. Call your insurance company or talk with one of our laser vision coordinators to see if your insurance offers discounts.
Is financing available?
A: There are several different financing options available to our patients, including no interest, no payment for six month plans. Our laser vision coordinators can review the choices with you to find one that best suits your needs.
What will I be able to see the next day?
A: Most patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision and can resume their normal daily activities, including driving and exercising. Most patients will notice continued improvement in their vision over the next 7-14 days.
How long does laser vision correction surgery take?
A: The surgery for both eyes takes less than 30 minutes. You will be at the EyeHealth Laser Center for less than two hours.
Will I need to miss work?
A: Most patients can resume their normal activities, including work, the day after surgery. During your no-cost consultation, your EyeHealth laser vision coordinator will advise you what can be expected based on your type of work.
Can LASIK surgery be performed on both eyes the same day?
A: Most patients can have laser vision correction performed on both eyes during the same visit. This is a choice that you and your EyeHealth surgeon will make depending on your individual needs.