Eye Doctors of Washington
Washington LASIK Surgery
Eye Doctors of Washington have provided state-of-the-art eye care in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, Baltimore and Washington D.C. metropolitan area for over 50 years. Our team of highly skilled eye care professionals and award-winning ophthalmologists are committed to improving vision and providing personalized care.
We specialize in laser vision correction, including bladeless LASIK surgery and PRK. We offer a full range of eye care, from pediatric care to treatment for aging vision concerns. Our doctors are experienced experienced in cataract surgery, treatment for glaucoma and dry eye, as well as cosmetic treatments.
Washington Vision Correction Procedures
Today's life-changing procedures make it possible to improve your vision to 20/20—or better.
PRK Surgery (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
What is PRK Surgery?
PRK Surgery (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is a type of laser eye surgery that is used to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. PRK is an alternative to LASIK eye surgery and is particularly suitable for individuals who may not be candidates for LASIK due to certain corneal characteristics.
Overview of the PRK surgery process:
- Corneal Epithelium Removal:
- In PRK, the surgeon begins by removing the thin outer layer of the cornea called the epithelium. This can be done using an alcohol solution, a special brush, or a laser.
- Laser Reshaping of the Cornea:
- Once the epithelium is removed, a laser is used to precisely reshape the cornea. The laser ablates or removes microscopic amounts of corneal tissue based on the patient’s refractive error. The goal is to correct the curvature of the cornea and improve the focus of light on the retina.
- Healing Process:
- Unlike LASIK, where a corneal flap is created, PRK does not involve creating a flap. Instead, the corneal surface is allowed to regenerate naturally. The healing process involves the growth of new epithelial cells over the treated area.
- Post-operative Care:
- Following PRK surgery, patients are given medicated eye drops to aid in the healing process and prevent infection. Recovery may take a bit longer compared to LASIK, and patients may experience temporary discomfort during the initial days.
Key considerations for PRK surgery include:
- Corneal Thickness: PRK may be a suitable option for individuals with thinner corneas who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.
- Occupational Considerations: PRK may be recommended for individuals with occupations or lifestyles that carry a risk of corneal injury, as it eliminates the creation of a corneal flap.
- Healing Time: The initial visual recovery may take longer with PRK compared to LASIK. Patients typically experience optimal vision several weeks after the procedure.
PRK is a well-established and effective procedure for vision correction, and its suitability depends on individual factors. It’s important to consult with an experienced refractive surgeon or eye care professional to determine the most appropriate laser eye surgery option based on your eye health and lifestyle.
Surgeons at Eye Doctors of Washington
Dr. Thomas E. Clinch is the founding partner of Eye Doctors of Washington and has practiced for over 30 years. He has performed over 40,000 LASIK and 20,000 cataract procedures. Dr. Clinch is passionately dedicated to performing innovative, state-of-the-art care as well as ophthalmic research.
Reach out with any questions or to get started with Washington’s premier LASIK provider.
LASIK is a life-changing procedure with many advantages:
- Safe – One of the safest elective procedures available and most patients are back to their routine in only one or two days.
- Saves Money – Often saves tens of thousands of dollars on glasses and contacts over a lifetime.
- Fast – LASIK procedures typically last only a few minutes.
If you’re looking for LASIK in Washington DC or Baltimore, you can rest assured that you have access to some of the nation’s top laser eye surgeons.
LASIK is a life-changing procedure with incredibly high patient satisfaction rates (over 95 percent), allowing Washington DC residents clear vision for years to come. Most patients don’t need corrective lenses, such as glasses or contacts, following LASIK.
During the procedure, your surgeon will use a laser to reshape your cornea, allowing light to refract correctly so your vision is clear. LASIK can correct various refractive errors, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.
Serious complications from LASIK are exceedingly rare, allowing patients to enjoy clear vision without issues.
If you need LASIK in Washington DC, look for a surgeon who has performed thousands of surgeries and has access to the latest LASIK technology. You’ll start with an assessment to gauge whether you are a good candidate for LASIK.
Eye Doctors of Washington
1016 16th Street NW Lower Level 100, Washington, DC 20036
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