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Washington PRK Surgery

PRK surgery was performed before LASIK surgery was performed. It was used as the main laser eye surgery. Due to the delicate nature of the eye, the laser used in PRK surgery could correct the vision without damaging the other parts of the eye. This surgery is still widely used in Washington today. People who have vision impairments like if they are nearsighted or farsighted with or without astigmatism, their vision may be able to be corrected with this special laser surgery. Some people with conditions like thin corneas and dry eyes cannot have LASIK surgery, but are able to have the PRK procedure done.

PRK surgery, also called photorefractive keratectomy is used to reshape the cornea of the eye. The unique aspect of this procedure is that it does not use a metal blade to create an incision. This surgery will use an alcohol solution to remove the epithelium layer of the eye. This is a protectant film that covers and protects the cornea. After this is removed, the cornea is reshaped with the cool beam ultraviolet light that this laser emits. The total surgery is completed in about 15 minutes, with only one to two minutes of time used by the laser to reshape the cornea.

The PRK surgery in Washington costs an average of $1,300 per eye. This surgery cost can be a little more or a little less depending on the exact condition that is being corrected. Some doctors have special credentials or expertise in this area, so they may charge more than a doctor who does not. The cost is not usually covered by medical insurance because it is an elective procedure. Most eye doctorís offices or surgical eye centers will have information for patients about other financial options that will allow a payment plan to be created. This allows the patient to pay monthly payments until the entire sum is paid off.

It can take about one to three months for the eye to heal. This is quite a bit longer than other laser eye surgeries, but the outcome is usually very successful due to the highly accurate laser. During the patientís follow up visit with the eye surgeon, their healing will be assessed. Most surgeons will put antibiotic eye drops in the eye to prevent infections, so there are usually no complications after the surgery. Most patients will feel a mild discomfort during the healing process.

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Harman Eye Clinic
903 Medical Center Drive
Arlington, WA 98223
The LASIK Vision Institute
10667 NE 2nd Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
Cascade Eye & Skin
10004 204th Ave. East, Suite 1500
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Evergreen Eye Center
2820 Griffin Avenue, Suite 101
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Physicians Eye Clinic
3930 Hoyt Ave.
Everret, WA 98201
Casey Vision Correction Center
600 Triangle Center, Ste. 400
Longview, WA 98632
Restore Vision Centers
1300 SW 7th Street, Ste. 105
Renton, WA 98057
Northwest Eye Surgeons
10330 Meridian Avenue N, Suite 370
Seattle, WA 98133
Swedish Medical Center Seattle
1221 Madison Street, Suite 1200
Arnold Medical Pavilion
Seattle, WA 98104
Pacific Medical Centers
1200 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
University of Washington Medical Center
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Spokane Eye Clinic
427 S Bernard St.
Spokane, WA 99204
Empire Eye Physicians
1414 N. Houk Road, Suite 103
Spokane, WA 99216
St. Mark's Eye Institute
502 South M Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
17600 NE Delfel Road
Vancouver, WA 98642

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