Laser Eye Surgery Consultation in Eastern Washington

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Setting Up a Safe Surgery

Laser eye surgery has come a long way since its inception in the 1980s. Today, almost a million Americans undergo LASIK every single year, and the success rates are through the roof, with over 95% of patients being satisfied with the results.

Many refractive errors can now be corrected with laser eye surgery. Visit the Eye Care Team for a laser eye surgery consultation to see which procedure would best suit your personal needs. It’s the first step towards regaining your eyewear-free vision!

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Laser Eye Surgery Phases

The very first thing we need to do is conduct a comprehensive eye exam to assess your overall eye health and whether or not you are a suitable candidate for laser treatment. LASIK may not be an option if you have particularly thin corneas, but LASEK or PRK could be.

Taking care of your eyes after surgery is an essential part of the whole process, and we’ll be there every step of the way. We will perform evaluations of your vision, recovery, and overall eye health. Should you require any extra aids (such as reading glasses or perhaps repeat laser treatment), we will advise you on the best way to proceed.

To ensure that your laser eye surgery recovery is going as planned, we will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your eye health and visual acuity. These appointments should take place 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after your surgery. We recommend yearly comprehensive eye examinations moving forward.

Recovery is usually fast and without complication but there are potential side effects to remain aware of:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Mild eye pain or discomfort
  • Dry eye-like symptoms
  • Eye infection
  • Under or overcorrection of your refractive error (rare)

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Types of Laser Eye Surgery

The Eye Care Team is your surgery advisor before and after your day of the procedure. Although an ophthalmologist will perform your surgery, our optometrists are here to support you throughout the entire process.

Most laser eye surgeries fall into 2 common and successful procedures: LASIK and PRK. During a laser eye surgery consultation, we will determine which (if any) method is best suited for your eyes and your vision. Even with our recommendation, it’s still your choice whether you’d like to move ahead or not.

LASIK has become the most popular form of refractive surgery in the world. The LASIK method decreases the risk of infection and reduces the necessary recovery time. During this type of surgery, the ophthalmologist creates a tiny flap in the cornea’s outer layers, then carefully folds it back to reveal the middle layers.

The surgeon then reshapes the middle corneal layers with a precise laser to corrects your refractive error. Once the cornea has been reshaped, the flap is carefully folded back into place, and the surgery is complete. Patients usually enjoy clear vision within 24 hours and have their vision fully stabilized within 1 week.

Some conditions make LASIK an inappropriate choice for eye surgery. Before undergoing the procedure, we want to make sure you have stable vision. This means your eyes are no longer changing shape, and your prescription has been consistent year over year. For this same reason, LASIK is generally not performed on patients 18 or younger.

Other existing factors can make LASIK a poor choice for correcting vision:

  • Extremely severe refractive error (astigmatism)
  • You have a disease that affects wound healing
  • Corneas that are too thin
  • Advanced glaucoma
  • Severe dry eye syndrome
  • Corneal abrasions or previous eye trauma

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is another type of laser eye surgery that reshapes the cornea. The major difference between PRK and LASIK is the initial method by which the doctor gains access to the corneal tissue.

During PRK, the outer layer of the cornea (called the epithelium) is completely removed. A laser is then used on the cornea to correct the refraction error. The healing process of PRK does take longer as the epithelium repairs itself, usually taking a few days.

PRK has its advantages for certain qualified people. This surgery method is often recommended for patients with thin corneas or for those who are more likely to suffer complications from the flap becoming dislodged during the healing process.

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Your Eye Surgery Partner

The Eye Care Team is here as a partner before and after your procedure. We will qualify you for the right type of corrective surgery and make sure that your recovery is successful. 

Let us support you through an important life decision: electing to undergo laser eye surgery. Seeing clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses is a real possibility for many people with refractive errors. It all starts with a consultation at The Eye Care Team.

Our Locations

Spokane

Our practice is located in Downtown Spokane, right across the street from the new Davenport Grand Hotel and Auntie’s Bookstore. We are just a couple of blocks east of Riverfront Park Square.

Contact Information

Address

126 N. Washington Street
Spokane, WA 99201

Hours

Monday
8 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
9 AM6:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Chewelah

You can access our practice off N Park St, just north of E Webster Ave. We are located across from Safeway and have lots of parking available right in front of our office.

Contact Information

Address

306 N Park St.
Chewelah, WA 99109

Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday
9 AM – 5 PM
Friday
9 AM – 12 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You can access our practice off N Park St, just north of E Webster Ave. We are located across from Safeway and have lots of parking available right in front of our office.

Contact Information

Address

306 N Park St.
Chewelah, WA 99109

Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM – 5 PM
Thursday
9 AM – 5 PM
Friday
9 AM – 12 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Our practice is located in Downtown Spokane, right across the street from the new Davenport Grand Hotel and Auntie’s Bookstore. We are just a couple of blocks east of Riverfront Park Square.

Contact Information

Address

126 N. Washington Street
Spokane, WA 99201

Hours

Monday
8 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
9 AM6:30 PM
Thursday
8 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8 AM5:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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