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Vision Correction

Alaska Vision Center provides consultation and referrals for these common vision correction surgeries and procedures.

Vision correction is a general term used to describe a variety of optometric techniques for correcting less-than-perfect vision. For your convenience, we have included here a brief description of the most common vision correction procedures along with low-vision support information.  More specific information about lenses and frames or contacts can be found on their respective pages.


LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea. Patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or astigmatic may benefit from this type of procedure.  RK (Radial Keratotomy) or PRK (Photorefractive Keratotomy) are other types of surgical procedures available for vision correction.

While millions of patients have seen successful results from LASIK, the procedure is not right for everyone. Your optometrist will need to thoroughly examine your eyes to determine which type of vision correction best fits your needs.  Our doctors are experienced in providing pre- and post-operative care for patients interested in LASIK procedures and can recommend a surgeon that specializes in LASIK surgery.

Low Vision Therapy

Low vision is a general term that refers to a partial loss of vision that cannot be adequately corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications or surgery. Common causes of low vision include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal degenerative diseases, glaucoma and optic nerve atrophy.  Specialized testing may be necessary to determine the procedures and/or therapies that would best help the patient.  The goal is to maximize the use of the patient’s available vision for reading, writing, hobbies and work-related tasks such as working at a computer.  Our doctors can evaluate your need for low vision therapy and refer you to support groups in your area.

Alaska Vision Center has the experience and equipment necessary to provide consultation and referrals for the vision correction surgeries and therapies detailed above. For more information regarding these vision correction options, call to schedule an appointment.

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