For many people, laser eye surgery can be a big step towards improving the quality of their lives. Visions of Washington wants to empower you with the knowledge you need to take that step.

Our experienced eye doctors are here to talk you through the surgery process; offering honest advice and taking the time to answer your questions.

Laser Eye Surgery Consultations

What to Expect From Your Consultation

Before we refer you to an experienced ophthalmologist for surgery, we’ll help you make absolutely certain that laser eye surgery is the right choice for you. We will perform a thorough assessment of your eye health and discuss all of your options with you.

Be prepared to answer some questions about your medical history, your current hobbies, and what sort of visual expectations you have of surgery. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Finally, we’ll take highly detailed measurements of your eyes, which will help inform the ophthalmologist how much correction is necessary.

Once both you and your optometrist are satisfied that laser eye surgery is the right choice for you, we’ll refer you to an ophthalmologist to do the procedure.

Common Laser Eye Surgeries

PRK


PRK was the first form of laser eye surgery ever performed, and it’s still relatively popular today. Ophthalmologists typically prefer PRK for patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK. The doctor performs PRK by using a laser to reshape the outer layers of the cornea; changing the way light bends when it enters the eye. Immediately after the procedure, your eyesight will likely be blurry. It may take up to a week for your vision to clear up, and a few weeks to months for your vision to stabilize completely.




LASIK


LASIK is currently the world’s most popular form of laser refractive surgery. The procedure begins with the ophthalmologist creating a small flap in the outer layers of the cornea, which is then folded back. Then, using a laser, the doctor reshapes the now-exposed middle layers of the cornea. Once the desired shape is achieved to accurately correct your prescription, the ophthalmologist replaces the outer flap. Your vision will be blurry immediately after the procedure but should clear up after a day or two. After a few weeks, your vision will most likely be relatively stable.