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What are the different types of vision correction?

If you’ve thought about vision correction surgery, also called refractive eye surgery, you should know that there are many options available which are different types of laser surgery. There’s the popular and well-known LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis), but also wavefront-guided LASIK and Epi-Lasik, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis). The scope of… Read More


Does LASIK Hurt?

LASIK eye surgery is a very popular procedure in part because it is patient-friendly in many ways. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes, and the healing process begins immediately with little to no discomfort. Another perk is that it doesn’t take long to start seeing positive results, and getting back to… Read More


LASIK Financing

With the average cost of LASIK being more than $2,000 per eye in the U.S. and the procedure not being covered by most insurance plans, you might feel that laser vision correction is beyond your financial means. Thankfully, there are a number of LASIK financing options available to make LASIK affordable for people who cannot… Read More


LASIK Consultation

The first step in having LASIK in Seattle is scheduling a consultation, during which Dr. Leavitt will evaluate your candidacy for laser eye surgery. After a thorough discussion and a non-invasive eye exam, Dr. Leavitt will be able to determine if LASIK is right for you. Your doctor can then recommend the best approach for… Read More


How Old Do You Have To Be To Have LASIK?

If you have considered vision correction surgery, you may have wondered how old you have to be to have LASIK. LASIK has been FDA approved for patients 18 or older. There is no ideal age to have the procedure, but it is important to have a stable prescription and, of course, healthy eyes. One benefit… Read More


LASIK Flap

LASIK, which stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism.  One aspect of LASIK surgery that has made it such an innovative and effective procedure is the LASIK flap. CREATING THE LASIK FLAP The first step of LASIK eye surgery is to partially… Read More


Cataract Causes

A CATARACT OCCURS WHEN THE LENS INSIDE YOUR EYE BECOMES CLOUDY. THINGS LINKED TO CLOUDING INCLUDE: Aging (age-related cataracts) Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as from sunlight, tanning booths, or sunlamps Diabetes: especially when the blood sugar levels are above the safe range, diabetes causes changes in the eye that can result in cataracts… Read More


LASIK Candidate

LASIK eye surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient. LASIK can treat severe degrees of nearsightedness, moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism, but LASIK is not right for everyone. While the goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses, having LASIK cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. Fortunately,… Read More


PRK vs. LASIK

PRK and LASIK have enabled millions of people to achieve excellent vision. If you are considering laser eye surgery, there are a number of options to consider. Two of the most well-known procedures are LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Both procedures have their pros and cons, and your eye doctor can… Read More


Eye Surgery for Farsightedness

Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a common vision problem, affecting about one-fourth of the population. People with hyperopia can see distant objects well, but have difficulty focusing on objects that are up close. WHAT CAUSES FARSIGHTEDNESS? The eyeball of a farsighted person is shorter than normal. This causes light rays entering the eye to focus behind the… Read More