LASIK is a highly popular procedure that is safe and effective, and used to treat a wide range of common vision problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In Portland, Oregon, as well as the rest of the United States, it is currently the most frequently performed elective surgery. Laser vision treatments involve the use of a laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea. By adjusting the curve of the cornea, the focusing system of the eye is changed, allowing the patient to see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses. By measuring the eye before surgery, applying advanced objective diagnostic equipment, and using mathematical formulas developed from analyzing thousands of patient outcomes, we know how to program the laser to achieve the best results.
The excimer laser changes the curvature of the cornea, directly altering the focusing system of the eye. There are two techniques to apply the laser to the eye – LASIK and Epi-LASIK. In LASIK, the treatment is placed under a flap, with Epi-LASIK the treatment is applied directly to the surface of the cornea. After undergoing the procedure, it usually takes patients a few days to heal, and during the initial healing period a protective contact lens must be worn. This lens will be placed on the cornea at the time of surgery and removed by the eye doctor three to four days later.
The KAMRA Inlay is the first FDA approved procedure in the United States to virtually halt the advancement of presbyopia. The KAMRA is a permanent procedure yet reversible. The KAMRA allows patients over the age of 45 to almost completely eliminate the need for readers. Contact Teplick Custom Vision to see if the KAMRA is right for you.
Some patients seek the convenience of refractive surgery at our Portland area offices, but are not good candidates for LASIK. These people may be able to take advantage of phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs). In this procedure, a prescription lens is implanted into the eye without disturbing the existing natural lens. The eye's natural lens can continue to function by maintaining the ability to see up close, reducing the need for reading glasses. The entire procedure can be completed in our office and only takes a few minutes. Read More
There is currently no cure for presbyopia, but we offer several choices for many people over 45 can enjoy good distance and near vision using a technique called monovision. During the monovision procedure, we intentionally correct one eye for distance and one eye for near vision. If you are already nearsighted, we merely leave some of your nearsightedness in one eye for reading. If you are farsighted to begin with, we intentionally create some nearsightedness in one eye with the laser. By correcting one eye to focus for distant vision and one eye to focus for near vision, our brain will suppress or filter out the image from the eye that is not in clear focus. Another great option is the KAMRA Inlay.
We are happy to co-manage your pre-operative and post-operative care with your family eye doctor if you choose, provided that the doctor is qualified and trained to understand and manage the course of modern laser eye surgery. Many patients have a long-standing, positive relationship with their family optometrist. Additionally, it may be inconvenient for some to travel to our laser eye surgery centers in the Portland, Oregon area for all of their care. In these cases, patients may choose to 'co-manage' and have their own eye doctor perform some of the pre-operative and post-operative care. Because optometrists do not perform laser eye surgery, but are experts in dealing with the optical system, they can be an objective and unbiased source of pre-operative information as well as a trusted resource for care after laser eye surgery. Read More
In addition to our many visual services, Oregon Laser also provides BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to rejuvenate patients' looks. This procedure dramatically reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. The treatment is particularly effective in smoothing out frown lines between the eyebrows and forehead wrinkles. Improvement is gradual, with the full effect appearing within two weeks.