LASIK FAQ’s

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Why does LASIK technology matter?

All LASIK is not created equal. LASIK technology has improved over the years, making the procedure safer and more effective than ever before. The earlier generations of LASIK technology are still FDA approved, but the newer techniques often provide better results. Sometimes these older technologies are offered at lower prices, so make sure you do your research and know exactly what technology you’re getting for your money.

Is new LASIK technology on the horizon?

It is not anticipated that there will be any major LASIK technology innovations in the immediate future. Today’s advanced LASIK technology produces fantastic results for most patients, so there is no better time for LASIK than now.  

Should I wait for the cost of LASIK to go down?

The price of LASIK will probably remain fairly stable for the foreseeable future. Due to the advanced technology that is used, it is not anticipated that LASIK costs will go down. If you are concerned about the financial aspect of LASIK, contact us to discuss the affordable payment options that we offer.

Are there any risks of LASIK?

Any surgical procedure carries some degree of risk, and LASIK is no exception. That said, patients report a less than 3% complication rate from the over 14 million Americans who have undergone the procedure. The potential risks include:

  • Dry eyes

  • Corneal scarring

  • Corneal edema

  • Persistent eye pain or discomfort

  • Glares and halos, especially at night

  • Decreased ability to see well in dimly lit conditions

  • Enhancement surgery for residual nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism

  • Partial or total loss of vision (in very rare and reportable situations)

The potential for many of these complications, including nighttime side effects, has been reduced with advancements in LASIK technology. This is another reason to make sure you choose a surgeon who is on the cutting-edge of technology. 

Will I ever have to wear glasses again?

LASIK can reduce or eliminate the need for prescription lenses for many patients. However, it’s important to note that even after LASIK your eyes can continue to change. After age 40, most people experience a condition called presbyopia, where the natural lens of the eye becomes less flexible. This causes difficulty seeing things up close, and it’s the reason why so many adults have to wear reading glasses. This reduction in reading vision affects all people with normal distance vision, whether or not they have had LASIK. There are LASIK techniques available, such as monovision that can provide some help with near vision for patients who are in this age group.

Can anyone have LASIK?

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK. Our LASIK Consultation will ensure that you meet certain criteria, such as:

  • 21 years of age or older

  • Stable prescription for one year or more

  • Prescription within –1.00 to -11.00 diopters of myopia, or up to +5.00 diopters of hyperopia, or an astigmatism up to 5.00 diopters

  • Eyes healthy and free of disease or serious ailments

  • Corneas thick enough to allow for optimal vision correction

Besides the physical aspects of your vision, we will also make sure you are informed about the risks and benefits of LASIK, know about the alternatives to LASIK and have realistic expectation about how LASIK can improve your vision.

Does LASIK hurt?

Every patient has a different threshold of pain; however, most of our patients report that their LASIK procedure was virtually painless. They often say that they only felt a little pressure on their eyes during the creation of the corneal flap, but the numbing eye drops help to minimize any possible discomfort. As your eyes heal over the next few days, you may experience some discomfort, itching and redness, but this can be controlled with medicated eye drops.

When will I be able to see?

Most patients are amazed that they can already see better immediately after the procedure, but it typically takes up to one month for the eyes to fully stabilize and for the full effect of LASIK to kick in. Most patients can return to their normal activities the day after the procedure, including driving without lenses.

Will my LASIK procedure be ruined if I blink during surgery?

It’s very common to be nervous when you come in for surgery, and many of our patients worry about involuntary twitches during the procedure. This is where our advanced LASIK technology can set your mind at ease. We use a special retainer to keep your eyelids open for the few minutes it takes to perform the procedure. Our excimer laser incorporates ActiveTrack 3-D Active Eye Tracking technology to track every minute movement of your eye 400 times per second. This technology automatically repositions the laser to account for any shifting to assure perfect placement of treatment.

There are so many LASIK surgeons – how can I be sure I’m choosing the right one?

Getting LASIK surgeon recommendations from friends or family members who have had the procedure is a good place to start. However, you should never make such an important decision without researching all of your options for yourself. You want a surgeon who has extensive experience and a proven track record of success. You want a surgeon who uses the latest and greatest LASIK technology. You want a LASIK center that is modern, clean and comfortable. Finally, you want a surgeon who will provide you with comprehensive information about every aspect of the procedure and satisfactory answers to your questions.

Our free LASIK screening will allow you to get a feel for our high standards, meet our staff and determine if we are right for you.

 

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