How we correct your vision
Correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
LASIK and PRKLASIK (Laser-Assisted-In-Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) vision correction procedures have helped millions of people worldwide to see more clearly and pursue a more active lifestyle and reduce dependence on glasses and contacts.
Casey's Vision Correction Center does all-laser LASIK in a two-step process, using the most advanced technology available. First, tiny pulses of laser light create a thin flap on the eye's surface. Then, the flap is lifted to allow the cool light of a second laser to carefully reshape the underlying corneal tissue. Called an excimer laser, it uses computer-controlled pulses of cool ultraviolet light to precisely sculpt the cornea.
Once your eye is in a more ideal shape for clear, focused vision, the flap is positioned back into place and the procedure is completed. Because the eye's surface cells heal more rapidly than any other body part, recovery occurs quickly and naturally.
PRK is another option for some patients. With PRK, doctors completely remove the cornea's outer layer before reshaping the inner cornea with the excimer laser. The surface cells grow back within a few days after surgery. This is often a good solution for people who have thinner than normal corneas.
Your surgeon will be able to determine which procedure is best suited for your individual needs.
Restore reading vision
As we go up in years, our ability to read fine print goes down. Presbyopia, which causes gradual loss of near vision begins in the 40's and is an inevitable result of aging eyes.
However, a new technology now available at the Casey Vision Correction Center is freeing many adults from the annoyance and hassle of reading glasses.
The KAMRA inlay increases depth of focus, allowing you to see up close while keeping distance vision in both eyes. Shaped like a miniature donut, the device is placed inside the cornea of one eye in an outpatient procedure lasting less than 30 minutes.
Are you eligible for the KAMRA inlay?
The procedure is limited to patients who have good distance vision without glasses or contact lenses. Your doctor will also take into consideration your pupil size, corneal thickness, health issues and previous LASIK surgery.
For more information about the KAMRA inlay, call the Casey Vision Correction Center at 503 494-3937.
Introducing Contoura®Vision - A customized approach in vision correction surgery
Just as everyone's fingerprint is unique, so is the surface of your eye. Casey's Vision Correction Center now offers Contoura®Vision, the first FDA approved topography-guided technology for reshaping the cornea. A new feature of our Wavelight excimer laser system, this technology maps the surface of your eye in exceptional detail to guide your laser treatment. It enables your surgeon to correct minute distortions that traditional methods could not correct, helping ensure the best possible outcome.
Contoura®Vision has been shown in clinical trials to deliver excellent results. Thirty percent of study participants achieved better vision without glasses or contacts after the procedure than they had with glasses or contacts before the procedure.
The process and preparing for your LASIK experience
The first step in your LASIK experience is a pre-op evaluation. Over the course of the exam, you will learn if you're a good candidate for refractive surgery though a comprehensive exam that consists multiple tests that gives the doctor a clear picture of the overall health of your eyes. You'll have the opportunity to discuss your situation and lifestyle with your surgeon. To schedule your appointment, contact us here (link to contact us page).
You can expect to be at our center for 2 - 2.5 hours the day of your procedure. This allows time for pre-procedure preparations, which includes taking a sedative to help you feel calm. (This prescription is given at your pre-operative appointment.) Your custom LASIK procedure is quick, painless and takes about 20 minutes total.
Reminders for surgery day
- Don't take medications that might make you drowsy. If you normally take prescription medication, check with us about whether to take it before or after the procedure.
- Wear comfortable, casual clothing. You will not have to change for the surgery.
- Eat a light meal before surgery -- it will make you feel more comfortable. (Be sure to avoid caffeine.)
- Don't wear makeup, cologne or perfume.
- Don't forget your sunglasses. Most people are quite light sensitive after surgery.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home.
After Your Procedure
Your technician will review the post-operative instructions and eye drop regimen with you. Most patients may return to regular exercise regimen after the first week, but we recommend that you wear protective eyewear when exercising to and avoid contact sports for several months.
To speed your healing process, we ask that you follow these guidelines for the first few days:
- Don't drive for a day or two after surgery.
- Avoid reading, working on the computer or watching TV for the first day. These activities can strain your newly healing eyes.
- Be careful not to get water in your eyes when you shower during the first week after surgery. (You can use an eye shield to cover your eye if you wish.)
- Do not rub your eyes for the first two months after surgery.
- Do not wear eye makeup for at least a week after surgery.
- Avoid gardening or other activities that may get dust in your eyes until at least a week after surgery.
- Avoid tobacco smoke and other eye irritants.