State of the Art Vision Care, with the Focus on You.
LASIK is a wonderful procedure for the right patient. At Northwest Eye Center, using our state-of-the-art technology, we perform a thorough pre-operative evaluation to assess whether LASIK is appropriate for you. Every patient is a unique case case for laser vision correction and treated accordingly. Our pre-operative evaluation entails a complete medical and ocular history, refraction to determine the current eyeglass prescription, keratometry to measure corneal curvature, pachymetry to measure corneal thickness, pupillometry, and corneal topography to rule out abnormal corneal shapes that may affect LASIK outcome.
If our doctors determine the patient is a good candidate for LASIK, the patient discontinues contact lens wear for 2 weeks, and returns to repeat all the tests done at the initial evaluation for stability and accuracy. In addition, our doctors perform a full eye exam including refraction, intraocular pressure, and dilated fundus exam.
Every patient is evaluated personally by our doctors pre-operatively, and at every post-operative check during the one year following the procedure.
LASIK treats a broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism in people at least twenty years of age, who are in good health, and have no eye diseases. To understand Laser Vision Correction, it’s necessary to understand the underlying conditions.
To see clearly with normal vision, the light rays must focus directly on the retina. In a myopic, or nearsighted eye, light rays focus in front of the retina. In a hyperopic, or farsighted eye, light rays focus behind the retina. In an astigmatic eye, light rays focus at a number of different points.
LASIK uses a laser to sculpt the shape of the cornea, to bring the light rays to one point on the retina to give clearer vision without the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is another laser vision correction procedure. LASIK is usually preferred over PRK because of the quicker recovery rate. However, PRK has an excellent success rate and may be the preferred procedure in some patients. With PRK, a flap is not created, but rather the laser is applied to the surface of the cornea. Because there is no flap, the outer cell layer must heal before clear vision and comfort is achieved, which may take up to a week. This procedure may be preferred in patients with thin corneas. That is, in patients who are not candidates for LASIK, PRK may be an option.
If you have been told that laser vision correction was not an option for you because of high myopia and thin corneas, PRK may be an option now.
Wavefront technology produces a detailed automated map of your eye. The measurements are 25 times more precise than those used for prescribing glasses or contacts. Therefore, the treatment provided is individualized to your specific visual requirements. Our doctors use Custom Vue Wavescan technology to gather the information necessary for the procedure- which is then transferred to the VISX Star S4 laser for treatment. Since Custom Vue can measure and correct the unique imperfections of each individual’s vision, it has the potential to provide better vision than is possible with glasses or contact lenses.