For 15 years, Dr. Jay Rudd has been a partner, ophthalmologist and surgeon at Clarus Eye Centre in Lacey, performing, among other duties, the elective eye procedure known as Lasik.
Lasik removes the need for glasses or contacts by correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
But at Clarus, Rudd, 47, could only squeeze in one day month to do Lasik procedures because of the clinic’s growth, leaving little dedicated space for the procedure and requiring that technology be leased.
Now all of that has changed because Rudd, backed by Clarus, has opened Aurora Lasik in a 4,000-square-foot location at Freedom Plaza in Lacey. That development also is home to The Ram Restaurant & Brewery and Northwest Harley-Davidson.
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“It was a logical way of helping us deal with our growth,” said Dr. Stephen Reck about the decision to open Aurora Lasik. Reck is also a partner at Clarus Eye Centre.
Aurora Lasik — so named for the eye-dazzling Aurora Borealis — opened this month; Rudd has already performed his first surgeries.
The centerpiece of the new surgery center is the “wavelight refractive suite,” offering the latest in laser-based Lasik treatments.
The suite has two lasers, both of which were manufactured by Alcon, a division of pharmaceutical giant Novartis.
One laser prepares the eye by creating a flap of tissue in the cornea, while the second laser corrects the vision, Rudd said. Given the improvements in laser technology, the corrective procedure, per eye, is five times as fast and much more accurate from previous technology, making it easier for patients during surgery, he said.
“Speed makes it safer,” he said, adding that the procedure is blade-less, which allows patients to heal faster and improves vision results.
“The precision and outcomes we’re seeing with this technology are unprecedented,” Rudd said.
The focus at Aurora is on surgery. It does not offer routine eye care, but does have space for pre- and post-operative care.
“We have room to grow,” Rudd said.
Reck said Rudd is the go-to guy for Lasik.
“He is a fantastic surgeon, a good person and is active in the community,” Reck said, adding that his participation in the community includes philanthropy.
Aurora charges $2,200 per eye for Lasik, but that price covers the cost of future refinements, if needed, he said. Rudd said he is offering $1,000 off through the end of the year.
Rudd also is offering a procedure called the “Kamra inlay,” which corrects the need for reading glasses. His first Kamra inlay surgery is set for Dec. 17.
Location: 8050 Freedom Lane NE, Suite A, Lacey.
Years in business: New. Aurora Lasik opened in November 2015.
Type of business: Surgery center for Lasik, the laser-based procedure for the eyes that removes the need for glasses or contacts by correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays; Saturdays by appointment.
Did you know? Dr. Jay Rudd is one of four partners at Clarus Eye Centre, the longtime eye clinic in Lacey on College Street across from Lacey City Hall. Rudd is an ophthalmologist, who also has specialized in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery since 2000. According to the Clarus Eye Centre website, Rudd received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, followed by his Doctorate of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He did his residency at Wills Eye Hospital. He also studied at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah for his cornea/refractive surgery fellowship. Rudd also will be doing continuing education classes at Aurora Lasik for optometrists.