While LASIK in Seattle is the most commonly performed laser vision correction surgery, it is not the only option and may not right for everyone. Depending on your anatomy and/or prescription, the following vision correction procedures we offer may be better suited to your individual visual needs:
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
PRK is great option for patients who have been turned down for LASIK due to thin corneas, large pupils, or activities in which a corneal flap is contraindicated. It also is a great solution for patients who have had refractive surgery in the past and need enhancement to their vision.
Unlike LASIK, with PRK your surgeon does not create a corneal flap. Instead, the outer layer (epithelium) is removed and laser treatment is applied to reshape the curvature of the eye to correct your vision.
The final visual results of PRK are similar to that of LASIK. However, with PRK, some patients may experience more discomfort and vision improvement can take up to several weeks.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
RLE is a great alternative for patients who have presbyopia (age-related loss of focusing ability up close) and/or where laser vision correction is not an option.
The procedure for RLE is the same as cataract surgery. During the procedure, the eye’s natural lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) that corrects your vision. Unlike cataract surgery, your natural lens is not being replaced because it is cloudy. Just like with cataract surgery, IOLs are available to correct for presbyopia or astigmatism.