LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a common surgical procedure that has been performed on 14 million Americans to help reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK works by permanently reshaping your cornea to solve a refractive error that is causing imperfect vision.

LASIK eye surgery changes your life for the better. That’s not braggadocio, it’s how LASIK eye surgery patients describe their results time and time again. But, Be Eye Wise and know that not all LASIK eye surgery is the same. In fact, not all “Lasik” is even LASIK.

In addition to LASIK, there are a number of refractive laser eye treatment procedures that offer the same opportunity to live a life free of contacts or glasses – including PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy), Phakic IOLs (Intraocular Lenses), and clear lens exchange. Often times, the term “Lasik” is merely used as a catch-all phrase for refractive laser eye surgery. The differences between the treatment options are not good, better or best. Rather, each laser eye treatment procedure offers a unique technique that may or may not be more appropriate depending on the unique characteristics of your eye.

At Northwest Eye, we don’t push you toward LASIK eye surgery. We educate you on the different procedures and outcomes available, then discuss which treatment option best delivers the vision outcome you desire, whether that procedure is LASIK, PRK, clear lens exchange or something else.

If you’re looking to improve your vision without using contacts or glasses, schedule a LASIK consultation with a Northwest Eye LASIK doctor today.