Refractive Services & Vision Correction

Refractive Surgery" is our technical term for a wide range of surgical solutions to bend or refract the light coming into your eye and thus correct vision problems. We pick from a number of surgical procedures to find just the right approach for each patient.

Our experts at WCEC are trained in the latest refractive procedures and technology and will work with you to find the right treatment.

Different types of refractive services

  • LASIK: Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK surgery, is the most frequently performed laser vision correction procedure. The surgery takes only 5 to 10 minutes, leaving minimal discomfort, a short recovery time, and almost immediate results.

  • PTK: This is a therapeutic application of Excimer laser in the management of anterior corneal diseases and is a new technique of Keratectomy for removing the scar tissue from the cornea. The excimer laser may provide a novel modality in the treatment of a number of superficial corneal disorders.

  • PRK: PRK is the process of reshaping the corneal curvature to allow light to refocus on the retina without creating a flap.A solution applied to the cornea to remove the suface cells which allows access for the excimer laser to then reshape the inner layer of the cornea. PRK surgery may be the best alternative for certain eye conditions, and is often preferred if the cornea is determined to be too thin to safely perform traditional LASIK surgery.

What is LASIK?

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK surgery, is the most frequently performed laser vision correction procedure. The surgery takes only 5 to 10 minutes, leaving minimal discomfort, a short recovery time, and almost immediate results.

The procedure usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes, no longer than 15. The surgeon will place anesthetic drops in your eyes, and then use an advanced laser to create a thin, hinged flap in your cornea. This flap is folded back, and a second laser is introduced to perform an ablation in the deeper layers of the cornea. The surgeon uses a computer to monitor and track your eye, and to direct and operate the laser. Our advanced technology make the procedure extremely safe. The lasers track your eye’s movement, and if significant movement occurs, will shut off.

After the cornea is reshaped, the surgeon puts the flap back in place. There is no need for sutures of any kind. Your vision is now improved!

You will most likely notice a dramatic improvement to your eyesight immediately after LASIK vision correction surgery. Healing occurs quicker than expected, although rest is recommended for the first 24 hours. Most people are ready to return to work the following day.

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. It is a surgical procedure that is intended to reduce or eliminate a person’s need for eyeglasses or contact lenses, thereby increasing their quality of life. It uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.

  • Better quality of life! A gross majority of patients receive their desired improvement in vision. Many clinics offer enhancements to further improve results and satisfaction, often at an extra cost. We're proud to offer this benefit as an all-inclusive part of your procedure.

  • LASIK is a relatively painless procedure and no bandages or stitches are required.
  • Vision improvement is swift, usually immediate or within the first day of the procedure
  • How Does LASIK Work?

    LASIK, like other laser eye surgeries, works by reshaping the surface of the cornea. The change in curvature affects the way light travels through to the retina, or the back of the eye. When the shape is ‘right’, light rays focus more precisely on the retina, improving one’s vision.

    Side effects with this procedure, aside from mild discomfort, are rare. However, they can include:

  • Glare
  • Seeing halos around images
  • Dry eyes

  • We have a number of locations where you can get a free consultation, but there are a few general guidelines:

  • Your eyes must be healthy. This means no glaucoma, infection cataracts, or any other condition that would interfere in the healing process.
  • You must be an adult.
  • You must not have a degenerative or autoimmune disease, which would interfere with healing.

  • We offer a number of financing options for this procedure. Contact your local WCEC location for details.