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LASIK FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are laser vision correction procedures covered by insurance?

Few insurance policies cover Laser Vision Correction, however, we would be happy to check yours when you come in for a consult. Remember patient financing plans are also available.

Is there any pain involved with LASIK?

Because we make every effort to make sure the eye is numb, patients tell us they feel only slight discomfort, not pain during the procedure. After the procedure, most people report a slightly irritated eye for a few hours, similar to an eyelash getting in your eye. But pain is subjective, and when you learn more about the procedure you’ll form your own opinion of what to expect.

Has anyone ever gone blind form a Laser Vision Correction Procedure?

To this date there have been zero reported cases of total loss of vision.

Are there any side effects with Laser Vision Correction?

As with any type of surgery, side effects and complications can occur. All potential side effects and complications will be discussed further at the time of the Laser Vision Correction consultation.

Is Laser Vision Correction for everyone?

Laser Vision Correction is not necessarily for everyone. The best way to determine your candidacy is with a proper vision screening and thorough evaluation.

What is involved in LASIK? How long does it take?

The procedure takes 5-7 minutes per eye. It is done under topical anesthetic drops. During LASIK, an instrument called a microkeratome is used to lift a thin layer of the cornea and using a laser to remove a precise amount of corneal tissue. After the laser treatment, the flap is laid back into position and kept in place by natural suction, no sutures. Eye drops are used and plastic shields are placed over the eyes to protect them until the following day. Results are almost immediate, with minimum discomfort during the first 24-hour period.

What about recovery?

Recovery is fast. The first couple of hours after surgery, the eye feels somewhat irritated, with a burning sensation and some tearing. Vision is typically blurry during this time. Most patients nap for a couple of hours to rest the eyes. After several hours, the irritation goes away and the vision begins to clear. The day after surgery, most irritating sensations are completely gone and vision is remarkably clear.

I hate to have anything in my eye. What if I am really nervous?

A mild sedative is available prior to surgery to encourage relaxation during the procedure and to encourage sleep afterwards. The surgeons and operating room technicians often talk throughout the procedure to put patients at ease.

Are both eyes done at the same time?

Some patients may prefer to have each eye done on different days. In most cases, however, both eyes are done on the same day. This avoids the period of imbalance that occurs if one eye still needs correction while the other one doesn't. This is a discussion that you should have with the surgeon so that you can decide what is best for you.

I need reading glasses. Can LASIK correct my vision?

LASIK only corrects the distance vision. If LASIK is performed such that distance glasses are not needed, and the patient is over 40, it is likely that they will need to put on a pair of glasses to read. The exception to this is when patients opt to have monovision, when one eye is corrected fully for the distance and the other is left nearsighted. Only about 10 to 20 percent of patients opt to have monovision correction, and it is only recommended in patients who have tried it with contact lenses and liked the results.

Who is a good candidate for LASIK?

LASIK can treat a very broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The best way to determine who i 's a good candidate is with a thorough eye exam. Candidates must be 21 years of age or older, in good general health, and have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma.

How long will the LASIK procedure take?

The LASIK laser vision correction procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes in the operating room. The actual laser time is approximately 1 minute.

Are there any risks associated with LASIK?

Some potential complications include conditions such as dryness, night glare, under or over-correction, and loss of best-corrected vision.The risks of surgery should be discussed fully with the doctor prior to the procedure. Additionally, proper post-operative care helps to identify and address any potential healing complications