Laser vision correction is a revolutionary and exciting procedure that can greatly reduce and usually eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses. Whether you are suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, this procedure may be able to help you to see better than you have ever seen in your life. Tens of millions of people around the world have experienced the amazing improvements in vision that are offered by laser vision correction.
Types of Laser Vision Correction
The two most commonly performed laser vision correction procedures are LASIK and PRK. These procedures are similar and they have nearly identical outcomes but they have different risks, benefits and patterns of healing. With LASIK surgery in Bellevue, a very thin flap is formed in the cornea, the clear tissue at the front of the eye through which light passes as it enters the eye. The laser treatment to correct the glasses prescription is then applied under this thin flap. LASIK patients usually heal very rapidly and nearly all patients are able to drive within 24 hours. Some patients prefer PRK where the laser treatment is applied directly to the corneal surface after the removal of the outer layer of corneal skin cells. As it usually takes several days for the skin cells to cover the treated area after PRK, patients may need at least several days before normal activities are resumed.
Both procedures have excellent safety profiles and nearly all patients can achieve freedom from glasses for distance. Patients who are under age 45 usually are completely free of glasses. When patients are beyond age 40-45, a condition called presbyopia usually causes one to need reading glasses for fine print at near. This condition is not altered by laser vision correction. Patients who are older than age 45 may consider under correcting one eye to help with their near reading vision. A consultation with our doctors can help you to evaluate your best options.
PRK is usually recommended when patients have thin corneas or if they may participate in activities where there is a potential for corneal trauma. Some patients simply prefer PRK. We offer our LASIK patients the option of having their LASIK flap made with either a microkeratome or a laser known as the Intralase. Although the microkeratome method is safe and proven, the laser method is even safer and more reliable. Laser made flaps are usually thinner as the laser can make flaps with greater precision. The thinner flaps are advantageous as this leaves more tissue intact in the cornea. The untouched tissue is available for retreatments (if ever needed) and the structural integrity of the cornea is greater when more tissue is left untouched. Many patients who are LASIK candidates choose to undergo PRK. We will evaluate your eyes thoroughly and we will advise you of your options.
With either LASIK or PRK, we can treat your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription based on the manual measurements that are obtained using your input during the commonly performed vision test called a refraction. We also have the option of treating you based on a wavefront measurement of the eyes. This measurement is obtained using a device called an aberrometer and it provides an automated measurement and customization of the treatment for each eye. The addition of sophisticated eye tracking systems and software that blends the treatment over a wide area of the cornea has improved laser vision correction results to highly predictable levels of accuracy and precision. Of course, due to the variation in healing that might occur across a large population of patients we cannot guarantee freedom from glasses for all patients. However, it is a very rare person who does not experience a substantial improvement in vision and lessened dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
Schedule Your Consultation at King LASIK Today
If you have been wondering whether LASIK is for you, Dr. Joseph King and his medical team invite you to contact us for a LASIK consultation today, or by calling us at 425-525-1000.
We would be privileged to help you to see more clearly. We look forward to seeing you.