Co-Management of Eye Health Procedures
At Northwest Eyecare, we believe co-management after LASIK or vision surgery is vital to your overall ocular health. Thorough and complete communication, documentation and cooperation between the performing doctor and your optometrist is essential to achieve the best care for the patient. This relationship can give you a level of confidence that is of great value, especially when going through a surgical procedure, as our optometrists continue to be involved in evaluating and meeting your long-term needs.
When a cataract progresses to the point that vision is impaired, surgery may be needed. Cataract surgery involves removing the lens of the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of cataract surgery with your optometrist. We can provide you with a referral to a highly skilled cataract surgeon with whom we will co-manage your care after surgery.
LASIK is the most commonly performed laser eye surgery to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. Like other refractive surgeries, LASIK reshapes the cornea to allow light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision. Your doctor will determine if laser eye surgery is suitable for your condition and, if so, what technique is best.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
PRK is a type of refractive surgery to correct myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. PRK is the predecessor to LASIK procedures. Though PRK recovery takes a bit longer than recovery from LASIK eye surgery, PRK is still commonly performed and offers advantages over LASIK for some patients. Talk to your eye doctor to determine which treatment is best for you.