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Frequently Asked Questions

What is laser vision correction?
Northwest Eye Physicians offer laser vision correction as an outpatient procedure to help restore your natural vision and reduce your need for glasses and contacts.  Laser vision correction involves using a light beam to gently scrape your cornea.  The light will pulse gently and this process will change the shape of your cornea to allow images to be focused more clearly on your retina.

How long has your practice been performing laser vision correction surgery?
Since 1998, Northwest Eye Physicians have been performing laser vision correction.  Our doctors have vast experience and knowledge of laser vision technology and have found this surgery to be incredibly effective and safe for our patients.

Is it safe to get laser vision correction?
Laser vision correction has been performed successfully on over 7 million patients.  This procedure has been deemed as a safe and effective treatment option for patients who are eligible.

Does laser vision correction hurt?
No it does not.  We apply eye drops right before the procedure to eliminate any pain.  Some patients may have a very minor discomfort for a few days after the procedure.

What is the difference between an Ophthalmologist, an Optometrist, and a Licensed Optician?
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialized in vision care.  They are able to perform eye examinations, test and treat eye diseases, prescribe medication and perform surgery.

An Optometrist has specialized in eye exams and fitting contact lenses.  They are also able to test for eye diseases and depending on the state, they may also be able to diagnose and treat certain eye conditions with medication.

Licensed Opticians are able to fill the prescriptions and can fit patients’ eyewear.

When should my child’s eyes be examined?
Most doctors will test your child’s eyes as a part of their routine medical examination and may refer your child to an eye doctor if they notice any sign of an eye condition.  It is recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics that newborns receive their first vision screening in the hospital.  Pediatricians will be checking your child’s vision function when your child is 2, 4, and 6 months old.  Additional screenings will be given to your child when they are 3 and then annually when they start school.

If you feel that your child has decreased vision, you should contact your ophthalmologist.  We are able to test vision in infants and young children.

When should an adult’s eyes be examined?
We recommend that adults have eye exams on a regular basis.  Young adults who are 20-39 should have their eyes checked every 3-5 years.  Adults who are 40-64 should have their examined ever 2-4 years and adults over age 65 should have theirs examined every 1-2 years.

If you are considered a “high risk adults,” you should have your eyes examined more frequently.  High risk adults include people who have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma, people with diabetes and people with HIV or AIDS

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Contact our board-certified ophthalmologists at Northwest Eye Physicians today to learn more about the procedures
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