Vision correction includes several surgical procedures designed to eliminate or reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses. The two most common types of vision correction surgeries using lasers include laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).
LASIK and PRK are both procedures that help correct refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. During both procedures, an excimer laser reshapes the cornea which reduces your need for glasses or contacts. We use the most advanced technology including bladeless femtosecond technology and wavefront-directed treatment options.
If you are not a good candidate for laser eye surgery, you may be a candidate for a lens implant surgery. A phakic intraocular lens is placed inside the eye to more accurately focus light onto the retina. A refractive lensectomy removes the natural crystalline lens and replaces it with a lens implant.
Through every step of your journey, from the initial consultation to surgery and follow-up appointments and beyond, our staff and providers will be there to answer any questions you have.
With LASIK, a femtosecond laser first creates a precise, thin flap of cornea tissue. At The Everett Clinic, we use this blade-free, advanced technology because it is safer and more accurate than the traditionally used microkeratome blade.
The flap is then gently lifted, so that a second excimer laser can be used to reshape the cornea. The flap is then put back into its original position. It re-adheres naturally, so recovery is fairly rapid. Most LASIK patients can go to work the next day.
PRK is sometimes recommended when a patient has a history of dry eyes, a cornea that’s too thin for LASIK or participates in contact sports such as martial arts or boxing. In PRK, the surface layer of cells of the cornea—called epithelial cells—is gently removed before the customized excimer laser reshapes the cornea. Patients usually return to work within 5 - 7 days.
Maylon Hsu, MD
Dr. Hsu is fellowship trained in Cornea and Refractive Surgery. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist.
Soo Kim, MD
Dr. Kim is fellowship trained in Cornea, Cataract, External Disease and Keratorefractive Surgery. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist.