Laser Vision Correction and Refractive Surgery Clinic

Refractive surgery is one of the most common elective procedures done in the United States. The procedure improves vision by changing the shape of the cornea (clear front “window” of the eye). Eye specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics offer a variety of laser-based treatments designed to improve vision.

UI Hospitals & Clinics offers the newest, safest, and effective options for laser vision correction surgery. Our doctors are highly-trained specialists in the field of corneal and refractive surgery. 

Types of Refractive and Laser Surgery Options

PRK (Photo-Refractive Keratectomy)

Treat low to moderate levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Surgeons correct your vision by removing a thin layer of tissue from the surface of the cornea and reshaping the cornea.

LASIK (Laser In-situ Keratomileusis)

Treat higher range of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Corrects your vision by reshaping the corneal tissue beneath the surface of the cornea. Custom LASIK creates a unique laser treatment for each patient.

LASEK (Laser Sub-epithelial Keratomileusus)

Combines elements of PRK and LASIK.

INTACS (corneal ring segments)

Treat low levels of nearsightedness. Alternative treatment to laser vision correction. Segments are placed in the periphery of the cornea, thereby allowing it to flatten in the center.

Interested in cosmetic and plastic surgery options? UI Hospitals & Clinics has specialists who can help you achieve the look you desire. Visit our Plastic Surgery page for more information.

We offer consultative appointments and free seminars to discuss different refractive surgery options. Consultations and procedure coordination is arranged by Lisa Leavy, Refractive Surgery Coordinator. Contact us via email at or call 1-319-353-7625 to learn more or request a consultation.

We offer financing through the Green State Credit Union. Ask our staff about our financing program. 

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