Evergreen Eye Center Offers the Latest MIGS Procedures

Medical treatments and procedures are continually evolving as technology and knowledge advances. The ability to correct glaucoma and cataracts in the same procedure is an example of the evolution in eyecare treatments. For more than a decade, MIGS (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries) have expanded exciting options for treatment. Before MIGS, patients had to decide between medicine and laser or a big surgery to create drainage for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve and is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years old. Typically, a buildup of fluid creates abnormally high pressure in the eye, but the symptoms are silent. Without regular screening, it often goes undetected so when a patient notices a loss of sight, it may be too late and irreversible.

By contrast, cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that develops slowly over time and is more apparent. For some patients, the newest MIGS procedures can correct cataracts and glaucoma issues through the same incision. “Many patients with cataracts are great candidates to also treat their glaucoma issues in the same procedure, adding very little extra time to the surgery but with the same recovery time, “ said Dr. Roger Anderson of Tacoma’s Evergreen Eye Center.

Following his retirement from the Army in 2020, where he reached the level of Colonel, Dr. Anderson was attracted to working with Evergreen Eye Center because of their commitment to patient care. According to Anderson, who specializes in cataract, trabeculectomy and MIGS, “Evergreen has a great combination of support and an investment in the latest and best technology allowing for the best outcomes.”

Evergreen Eye Center is the Puget Sound’s trusted leading-edge, patient-centered eye care for cataracts, LASIK, dry eye and MIGS. Look for locations in Tacoma, Auburn, Federal Way, Burien, and Seattle.

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At one-year anniversary, Aurora LASIK

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In June, Rhodes had LASIK eye surgery at Aurora LASIK in Lacey.  “My vision is now 20/15. Even as a teenager my vision was never this good. I can actually see the textures on trees.”

As Aurora LASIK has it’s first anniversary in November, its founder, Dr. Jay Rudd, has been impressed by the results seen by his patients over the past year.

“We were the first LASIK surgery center in Washington to invest in the WaveLight Refractive Suite, and it has paid huge dividends to our patients,” said Rudd. “Over 95% are seeing 20/20 vision or better. And more than half are seeing 20/15 or better.”

Rudd said the outcomes of today’s LASIK exceed what many people enjoy with contact lens correction, without the ongoing costs and inconvenience.  “I’ve performed more than 3,700 LASIK procedures,” notes Rudd. “But I’ve never tired of seeing the excitement in people’s faces when they are able to see so clearly without glasses or contacts. It’s a very rewarding procedure for both me and the patient.”

“The WaveLight Refractive Suite bladeless technology provides the most precise mapping and quickest recovery possible, says Rudd. “The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. And most patients are able to return to work the following day, with much clearer vision.”

A fellowship-trained cornea, cataract, and refractive surgeon, Dr. Rudd has performed more than 15,000 vision correction surgeries since 2000. “Because of our experience with vision correction, we feel confident in also backing our LASIK procedure with our signature Lifetime Enhancement Policy. It’s extra peace of mind for our patients.”

Visit AuroraLASIK.com to learn more about LASIK eye surgery.