Advanced Surface Ablation/PRK, and iLASIK are two techniques the Spokane Eye Clinic corneal specialists use. These procedures are used by our fellowship trained surgeons, Dr. Erik D. Skoog and Dr. Nicole K. Brandt, to correct Myopia, Hyperopia, and Astigmatism. The procedures by which these results are accomplished each have their own benefits and disadvantages. The decision to have Advanced Surface Ablation/PRK or iLASIK is an important one that, ultimately only you and your surgeon can make. It is important that patients have realistic expectations and that your decision is based on facts, not hopes or misconceptions. The goal with Advanced Surface Ablation/PRK and iLASIK is to reduce your dependance on corrective lenses. Our Corneal Specialists offer complimentary consultations to review your lens prescription, health of the eye, and to discuss risks, complications, and benefits.
The traditional LASIK process that creates a flap with a microkeratome is still being used throughout the country however at Spokane Eye Clinic we offer Advanced Surface Ablation/PRK and iLASIK because we firmly believe they are better options.
iLASIK, also knows as IntraLase, is a newer option at Spokane Eye Clinic that replaced the traditional LASIK procedure. This new technology allows for a truly blade-free LASIK experience. With IntraLase laser technology, small pulses of laser energy are focused within the corneal stroma to create a truly customized LASIK flap. This is all computer controlled under the direction and guidance of the surgeon, for maximum precision, increased safety, and individualized creation for our patients. The process takes less than 15-20 seconds per eye. It has been shown to improve outcomes, allow for faster recovery, minimize flap-related complications, and result in fewer higher order aberrations.
Advanced Surface Ablation/PRK is also excellent option to improve vision and reduce dependance on corrective lenses. It can work especially well for those individuals who might not be a good candidate for iLASIK, have a weakened cornea, or have dry eye issues. The procedure takes only minutes to perform although the healing and recovery time is slower than with iLASIK but the results are extremely comparable.
Our surgeons work for the Spokane Eye Clinic full-time and reside locally on the rare chance you encounter any post operative problems or have any concerns following the procedure.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation please contact:
Theresa Anthony, LDO
Refractive Surgery Coordinator
Spokane Eye Clinic
427 S. Bernard
Spokane WA, 99204