Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction?
By having a consultation and eye examination at our office, our
doctor will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for
laser vision correction. Patients who are at least 18 years of age, have
healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any
eye diseases are generally suitable. Many patients who are nearsighted,
farsighted or have astigmatism are potential
candidates. We will also discuss your lifestyle needs to help you decide
if LASIK is the best alternative for you.
How long does the surgery take?
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes,
and about 5 to 7 minutes per eye.
After LASIK how soon can I return to work?
Most patients are back to work the day after surgery, depending on
the work environment. We do ask that you try to relax for a couple of
days if possible
Generally, patients under the age of 40 still read well without
the use of glasses following the surgery. Patients over the age of
40 may need reading glasses for small print. Presbyopia is a term that
refers to the natural weakening of the muscles that occurs in our early
to mid 40s, causing us to need reading glasses. LASIK does not
correct or prevent presbyopia. Should you fall into this age
category, we will be happy to discuss monovision with you
at your consultation. This is an option that allows many patients
the convenience of near and distance vision without the use of reading
Are follow-up visits included?
Our patients are always seen the day following the procedure and
then again at one week, one month, three months, and six months
following surgery. On occasion, patients require being seen more often.
We offer our services twenty-four hours-a-day should you have any
questions or concerns
We will require that you have someone drive you home following
your procedure. However, you may drive when you feel comfortable enough
to drive safely, possibly the next day.
What type of anesthesia is used during the surgery?
Topical numbing eye drops are used during your procedure.
Sometimes an oral medication is offered to help you relax. We do
not use any needles during your surgery.
Does LASIK hurt?
The treatment itself is painless. We will place a few numbing
drops in your eye(s) to make you more comfortable. You will feel
pressure on and around the eye during the procedure. Some patients may
experience a feeling of "something in the eye" for a day or
two after treatment.
Will I be able to have both eyes treated at the same time?
Surgery can be performed on both eyes on the same day if your
doctor feels you are a good candidate. Should you wish to have one eye
done at a time, the doctor will discuss this with you and we can
accommodate this as well.
Do you offer payment options?
Our Refractive Surgery Coordinator will be happy to discuss financing
information based on your personal needs. Check with your human resources
department for any insurance plan or pre-tax dollars options which may help
pay for surgery.