Seattle South LASIK Eye Surgery


At Our King LASIK eye surgery practice in Seattle South, Dr. Joseph King and Dr. Gary Filmore are in the business of changing lives. With over 150,000 successful corrective vision surgeries under their belt, our LASIK team is leading the regional industry in the experience and expertise needed to provide safe and effective LASIK treatments. You’re a single consultation away from saying goodbye to the days of buying glasses or contacts for your refractive vision issues. Call King LASIK Seattle South to make this dream a reality.

Our office south of Seattle is located conveniently along I-5 in Tacoma, WA, perfect for patients who want LASIK with life-changing results without driving for hours for access to the most experienced LASIK team in the
Pacific Northwest. We serve the communities of Tacoma, Lakewood, Kent,
Olympia, Pullyup and other cities and towns in the region, bringing LASIK to
the people who need it most.


King LASIK Seattle South
2115 S 56th St Suite #304
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 448-8550


We’re located at 2115 S 56th St, Suite #304, Tacoma, WA 98409.

If you’re coming from the northwest, head southeast on WA-16 E. After you pass Hobby Lobby on your left, continue for just under a mile, then take the exit for I-5 S. At the upcoming fork, stay left onto I-5 S. In 1.4 miles, take exit 130 for So 56 St; you’ll see Car Toys on your right as you do so. At the upcoming fork, keep right and follow signs for Tacoma Mall Blvd/S 56th St W. Once you dead-end into Tacoma Mall Blvd, turn left, and then take the first right onto S 56th St. Take the next possible right into a lot, and we’ll be in the building on your left.

If you’re coming from the south, head northeast on I-5 N. Once you pass Bass Pro Shops on your right, continue on for about a mile, then take exit 130 for S 56th St toward Tacoma Mall Blvd. You’ll see Prosser Piano & Organ Co on your left along the ramp. In 0.2 miles, keep left at the fork to merge onto S 56th St. In 0.6 miles, turn right into a parking lot, and we’ll be just ahead on your left.



Seattle South Top Ophthalmologist


Over the years, Dr. Joseph King has performed more than 100,000 procedures and has helped over 55,000 patients improve their quality of life through laser eye surgery. To deliver the best possible results, Dr. Joseph King uses the latest surgical and diagnostic technologies. Due to his considerable skill and experience, Dr. King is recognized one of Vancouver & Seattle’s top LASIK doctors who has helped many pilots, sharpshooters, military navigators and professional athletes achieve clear eyesight.

Seattle South Refractive Surgery Specialist


Dr. Gary Fillmore is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in refractive surgeries such as iLASIK and CustomVue PRK, as well as custom cataract surgery. He is certified in the use of many laser vision correction technologies including the VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser System and the Intralase Femtosecond Laser.

Dr. Fillmore is excited about the vision correction technologies available today, and is confident in performing these procedures even on family and close friends. He performed LASIK on his wife, Jennifer, in 2008. She now enjoys excellent vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses, and reports that it is the best thing she has ever had done for herself.

Seattle South Refractive Surgery Specialist


Here are some of the reasons why patients in the Puget Sound keep coming back to King LASIK:


The equipment a LASIK Surgeon uses to perform laser eye surgery is important. The older and more outdated laser surgical technology is, the higher the risk for complications. Many laser eye surgeons still use handheld blades to cut the corneal flap, which carries risk of its own.

This is why at King LASIK Seattle South, we adopt the highest standard surgical technology; the best laser platforms and safest systems to scan the eye and make the incisions. LASIK is a simple procedure but still one that's very delicate. Dr. King and Dr. Filmore use some of the industry's most precise tools before and during LASIK surgery.

  • IntraLase femtosecond laser.
  • VISX Star S4 laser platform
  • WaveScan imaging and diagnostic scanning technology

By combining the industry's best surgical tech in our LASIK procedures, we're able to perform the industry's most precise LASIK Treatments, providing positive outcomes for patients.

Reliable LASIK in South Seattle


It's understandable that patients may be apprehensive when it comes to LASIK. The eyes are sensitive organs, and eye surgery is a subject that can be unsettling to think about. We listen to your concerns and answer your questions to help you and the other patients we treat feel at ease about the process. When your LASIK surgeon has the best technology at their disposal, surgery is extremely simple, and after it's over, you'll be able to enjoy the life-changing results for yourself.


LASIK, like many other procedures, should be approached on an individualized basis. We take several factors into account in our LASIK consultations, including results of an in-office eye exam, past prescriptions, whether you have nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, and the results of your corneal scans to create a plan of action in terms of how to offer effective eye surgery specific to your eyes.

Using the latest surgical technology helps us in this area as well. Modern laser platforms use corneal scans to calibrate the laser to the unique topography (the surface of your eye) and tomography (the inside of your eye) to calibrate the equipment and provide a more precise LASIK Procedure.


When we check in with patients of King LASIK after their surgeries, they can’t wait to tell us how LASIK changed their life. Here are two of the areas in which LASIK has the biggest impact to our patients:


Maybe you found a prescription for contacts or glasses that allowed you to see the world clearly, but it’s so much easier when you don’t have to worry about changing your contacts, cleaning your glasses, or any of the maintenance concerns that come with wearing corrective eyewear. After LASIK, you’ll be able to:

  • Experience the breathtaking mountain views at Mt. Rainier, Mount Saint Helens, and
    Olympic National Parks
  • See the whales and other wildlife around the San Juan Islands in vivid detail
  • Take in the culture in the bustling weekend crowds at Pike Place Market
  • Look down on Seattle’s modern skyline from the highest point from the Space Needle


If you’ve worn glasses or contacts for a long time, you might not realize how convenient it can be to no longer need them. After LASIK, you suddenly won’t have to worry about keeping boxes of contacts handy or making sure your prescription is up to date. Suddenly, you’ll have a clear vision from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep at night.

Additionally, LASIK poses a lower health risk than wearing contacts. Since contacts involve touching plastic or carbon polymers to the surface of your eye, there is risk of infection or surface damage, that doesn’t exist if you have your vision corrected with laser eye surgery.


"I have been procrastinating for over 10 years now. Just the thought of having a laser in my eye creeps me out. I was referred by my sister who had her lasik done by Dr. King. She highly recommended him and had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. She was right. I finally made my consultation appointment. From the moment I walked into Dr. Kings offic . I was treated with the up most respect and great customer service. Dr. King definitely have a great team. I returned a week after for my Lasik procedure. Let me tell you if I had known it was so easy, quick and painless. I would have got this done sooner than later. Awesome job to Dr. King and his staff. You all made me feel comfortable and at ease."

- A.J.

"King Lasik was the best choice I've made in medical care in years. I appreciate that from the consult appointment through surgery day everyone at their office was calm, knowledgeable and considerate. Even during surgery, everything was explained step by step. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you for a wonderful experience!"

- B.P.


When you’re researching LASIK, you’re bound to have some questions. The team at King LASIK Seattle South is more than happy to provide answers:


This is one of the common questions that patients have for us before and after their LASIK consultations. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer. At King LASIK Seattle South, our prices vary based on specific considerations of the procedure. Some vision insurance plans offer partial coverage or discounts on laser corrective surgery, but most don’t due to LASIK being classified as an “elective” procedure.

When you come in for your LASIK consultation with Dr. King or Dr. Filmore, we’ll explain your cost for LASIK, and why over several years, it’s a great investment in life-changing results.


Are you:

  • At least 19 years of age
  • Diagnosed with astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness?
  • Given a vision prescription that hasn’t changed in at least a year?

If you fulfill these qualifications, we encourage you to schedule a LASIK consultation with King LASIK Seattle South, where you’ll undergo scans to further assess whether or not you’d be an ideal candidate for laser eye surgery from Dr. King and Dr. Filmore.


The ideal LASIK surgeon should have a mix of experience, expertise, bedside manner, and access to the best surgical technology. At King LASIK Seattle South, our surgeons have a long history of successful LASIK procedures for customers throughout the Pacific Northwest, with the knowledge of how to ensure that laser eye surgery is a safe as possible.

Dr. King and Dr. Filmore have over 90,000 successful surgeries under their belts, and patients continue to keep coming to King LASIK because of their ability to put them at ease, listen to their concerns, and explain the entire procedure.


When you schedule your LASIK procedure, we’ll set a date for you to come in and have your eye surgery done by the team at King LASIK. When that day arrives, you’ll come in and get checked in, and then undergo scans to calibrate our laser equipment. The surgery itself is simple, painless, and takes an average of about 10 minutes. After it’s over, you’ll have about a day-long recovery period, and then you’ll be able to enjoy a new way of experiencing your life.