LASIK Eye Surgery in Tacoma
Our Surgeons at this location
- Dr. Joseph King
- Dr. Gary Filmore
2115 South 56th Street
Tacoma, Washington 98409
The King LASIK facility in Tacoma, WA is led by the highly recognized laser eye surgery provider Dr. Joseph King. As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. King has completed many years of advanced medical education and clinical training, including specialized fellowship training in laser eye surgery. Having performed more than 100,000 LASIK procedures, Dr. Joseph King is one of the more experienced LASIK surgeons in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest. Peruse the paragraphs below to learn how LASIK eye surgery with Dr. King can help you achieve clear eyesight without corrective lenses.
If you’re already convinced and want to come in for a complimentary consultation, take advantage of our convenient Tacoma clinic. There’s no need for people in Kent, Lakewood, Olympia and Puyallup to spend hours stuck on I-5 trying to get to Seattle, just to find out if they’re a candidate for LASIK.
LASIK Eye Surgery For Tacoma, Kent, Lakewood, Olympia, Puyallup
Dr. King and his medical team are committed to providing the best possible laser vision correction treatments for all of their patients. They use an array of leading-edge diagnostic and surgical technologies and carefully customize each vision correction procedure.
The King LASIK Tacoma office utilizes the Wavefront analyzer, which creates a 3-D map of the cornea showing even the minutest imperfections. This map is used to calibrate the excimer laser, which in turn gently reshapes the outer layer of the cornea (the clear outer part of the eye). King LASIK utilizes the advanced VISX Star S4 excimer laser platform, which provides extremely precise laser treatments.
King LASIK’s surgical equipment also includes the advanced IntraLase femtosecond laser. This device is a special laser used to create the corneal flap (a small slit in the outermost layer of the cornea). IntraLase eliminates the need to use a mechanical handheld device when creating the corneal flap. As a result, the risk of flap-reduced complications is significantly reduced. As a highly experienced Seattle area LASIK surgeon, Dr. Joseph King is also highly experienced at using the Bausch and Lomb Z-100 laser platform. In fact, he was one of the first eye surgeons to use this configuration of laser eye surgery equipment.
Dr. Joseph King believes that the best visual outcomes are achieved through customized procedures. He personally performs a series of vision exams and eye health evaluations and develops a personalized treatment plan for each patient. He is one of the leading providers of iLASIK in the Seattle area. iLASIK is a sophisticated LASIK treatment that combines the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies to deliver individualized, exacting LASIK procedures.
Attentive Patient Care
As a person who has undergone LASIK eye surgery himself, Dr. Joseph King understands that LASIK patients often feel apprehensive about eye surgery. Dr. King and his medical team strive to alleviate patient anxiety by carefully explaining exactly what will happen during surgery, providing advice on how to prepare for surgery, reviewing the possible complications and explaining what they will do to minimize the risks. Their goal is to help all of their Puget Sound LASIK eye surgery patients feel relaxed and confident on the day of surgery.
What are the benefits of having LASIK?
There are numerous benefits to having LASIK and achieving freedom from dependence on glasses or contacts. With clear, crisp vision, you can do simple things like check a text message or get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water without reaching for your glasses. You can read a medicine bottle or a newspaper headline without putting in your contact lenses. Many LASIK patients find it easier to exercise and play sports without glasses that fog up or shift around on the nose. Also, many patients love the way they look without glasses!
What should I look for in a LASIK surgeon in the Seattle area?
There are a few things to seek out in a Seattle area LASIK surgeon:
- Training: the surgeon should have completed medical school, ophthalmology residency training and specialized education in refractive surgery. Many of the King LASIK surgeons in Tacoma have completed a specialized fellowship in refractive eye surgery.
- Experience: the surgeon should have performed tens of thousands of laser vision correction procedures. Dr. King himself has performed more than 85,000 laser eye surgeries.
- Technology: the surgeon should use leading-edge technology to enhance the accuracy and results of treatment. For example, the King LASIK team uses WaveScan 3-D imaging and the IntraLase femtosecond laser for LASIK surgery.
Is having LASIK cheaper than wearing glasses or contacts?
Over time, LASIK may be more cost-effective than a lifetime of buying visual aids. LASIK requires a one-time upfront cost, as opposed to repeated costs associated with glasses, contacts and their upkeep.
What can I expect before and after my LASIK procedure?
Before your LASIK procedure, you will need a baseline evaluation of your eyes and visual needs. This includes a discussion with the doctor about your eye health history and a thorough eye exam. Once the plan of treatment and surgery date has been set, you will need to arrange transportation to and from the surgery center.
Immediately after your LASIK procedure, you may experience slight burning, itching or the sensation of a foreign body inside your eyes. You may also experience sensitivity to light or notice glare, starbursts or halos around light. These side effects are temporary, and you should try to sleep for the remainder of the day.
You will need to see your doctor for a follow-up visit a day or two after your surgery, and regularly for the first six months. Many patients notice their vision is markedly improved within a few days of surgery.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
You may qualify for LASIK if you are at least 19 years old and are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. You should be in good general health and your eyes should be healthy and free of disease or infection. Your corneas need to be of a certain thickness to withstand the procedure. It is also important that your vision prescription has been stable for at least 12 months.
What are some activities in the Seattle area that I can enjoy after LASIK?
With clearer vision, King LASIK recommends you visit these incredible landmarks in and around Seattle:
- The Space Needle
- Pike Place Market
- Mount Rainier National Park
- Mount St. Helens National Park
- Olympic National Park
- The San Juan Islands
Contact King LASIK Tacoma Offices
To begin your journey toward clear eyesight and independence from glasses, schedule a personal consultation with our doctors today. Contact our offices today, or call us at (253) 448-8550.