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If you wear glasses or contacts, you know how they bring everything into focus when you put them on. LASIK and other vision correction procedures can keep the world looking sharp and clear 24-7.


How LASIK corrects your vision

You may think of LASIK, glasses and contacts as all the same—they help you see better. While they all give improved vision, there is a fundamental difference. LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and refractive lens exchange (RLE) don’t just compensate for your eye’s irregularities—they correct them.

Does vision correction make life better?

LASIK has the highest satisfaction rate of any elective surgery, with 93 percent of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better! Corrective surgery can mean no more . . .

  • Hunting for your glasses
  • Squinting at the alarm clock at night
  • Stumbling around if you get up without corrective lenses
  • Buying prescription sunglasses, swim goggles or sports glasses
  • Protecting your glasses or contacts during sports, or worrying about your child, grandchild or pet knocking your glasses off

Is LASIK as safe as my contact lenses?

Researchers have found LASIK is safer than long-term contact lens wear, which poses a risk of eye infection. Vision correction surgery also makes life simpler. Many patients get tired of buying lenses, solution and eye drops, packing lens supplies for every trip and remembering their glasses. If you’d like to get rid of glasses or contacts, vision correction could be for you.

LASIK and other vision correction

LASIK is the most popular vision correction procedure, but there are other options. For example, about 20 percent of people choose PRK, and refractive lens exchange (RLE) may be a good option if you are over 50 or have signs of cataracts. Your physician can explain your choices and advise you on the best procedure for your eyes and lifestyle.

Experienced LASIK providers

My colleague Dr. Tim Denman and I were among the first eye physicians in Oregon to do refractive surgery. We have many years of experience and both put patient safety first.

Oregon Eye Specialists uses the latest technology for LASIK and other vision correction procedures. We have helped thousands of patients vastly reduce their dependence on contacts or glasses.

If you’re interested in learning more about LASIK or other vision correction procedures, contact Oregon Eye Specialists at 503-935-5580 or request an appointment. We have 10 convenient locations. Whether you choose vision correction surgery or other eye care, it’s always our privilege to help you make the most of your vision.

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About the Expert

Dr. Martin Balish joined Oregon Eye Specialists in 1998, and has particular expertise in cataract surgery utilizing IOLS. He is Portland’s most experienced Crystalens provider and the first and only surgeon in Portland to use the micro-incisional cataract surgery technique. Dr. Balish also has 16 years of experience in laser refractive surgery and LASIK. His practice includes everything from general eye examinations to treating patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Learn more about Dr. Martin Balish »
Portland LASIK Surgery: How 20/20 Vision Can Help You Live Better

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