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LASIK FAQs

During your LASIK consultation, we will answer any and all questions you may have about LASIK. Below are the most commonly asked questions about LASIK.

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Are both eyes done at the same time?
Yes, we generally perform LASIK in both eyes at the time. But can space the eyes apart if requested.
Can you guarantee 20/20 vision?
LASIK has proven overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses although the degree of improvement may vary from individual to individual. How well and how quickly your vision improves depends on how well you heal and the severity of your prescription. Although we can’t promise patients “perfect” or 20/20 vision, 96% of LASIK patients are within the 20/20 range.
Are my activities restricted after LASIK?

Many patients return to work the next day. You will need to restrict the activities mentioned below. Otherwise, as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions, you should be free to resume all your normal activities.

  • Wait one full day before taking a shower.
  • Resume driving after one day to one week, as your doctor advises.
  • Sunglasses should be worn for the first few days.
  • Read and watch TV in moderation the first few days.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for four days.
  • Do not rub your eyes for four days.
  • Do not exercise for one week.
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs, and whirlpools for one week.
  • Avoid gardening and dusty environments for one week.
  • Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.
How do I prepare for my procedure?
There are no restrictions on eating, drinking or medications immediately prior to your procedure. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea. Since this is the area that’s treated, it’s important to allow time for your cornea to return to its normal curvature. Soft contact lenses should be removed at least 72 hours (3 days) before your procedure. Hard or gas permeable contact lenses should be removed at least 4 to 6 weeks before your procedure. Patients who have worn rigid contact lenses for over 20 years may need to remove them for up to 8 to 12 weeks. Your eye doctor can help you make this determination.
What are common complications?

It is extremely rare to have a complication secondary to LASIK. But possible complications can include:

  • UNDER-CORRECTION AND OVER-CORRECTION  Less than 5% of our patients require a second procedure or enhancement to touch-up their final results. Patients with much higher prescriptions are at higher risk of having issues of over-correction or under-correction. If necessary this is generally performed 3 to 4 months following the initial LASIK procedure.
  • INFECTION Infections are very rare. Primary due to the usage of antibiotic drops both before and after the procedure.
  • NIGHT GLARE Even before having laser vision correction, many people experience poor night vision or night glare such as halos and starbursts. Night glare is common immediately following the procedure and lasts for about three or four months. Some patients may benefit from glasses when driving at night.
  • CORNEAL FLAP RISKS While LASIK offers a faster recovery, this procedure does have specific risks due to the creation of a corneal flap. A corneal flap which is irregular, too short, or too thin can prevent the procedure from being completed. In such a case, the corneal flap is closed, and the eye allowed to heal. Three to six months later, the procedure can be performed. As long as the corneal flap heals smoothly, patients can achieve an excellent result. However if irregularities in the flap persist, a loss of best-corrected vision may result. Other corneal flap risks include displacement of the flap and epithelial ingrowth. Epithelial ingrowth means that epithelial cells grow beneath the corneal flap prior to the sealing of the corneal flap margins. Although most cases do not require any treatment, severe epithelial ingrowth can disrupt corneal flap integrity. It is usually treated within one month by lifting the flap and cleaning the area.
What is Custom LASIK?
Custom LASIK is a procedure that involves the use of a Wavefront analyzer and enables your surgeon to customize the Conventional LASIK procedure to your individual eyes. This customized laser vision correction procedure can result in patients seeing clearer and sharper than ever before.
How many post-operative visits are necessary after LASIK or PRK?
Patients are seen at least one day, one week, one month, and three months after surgery.
What is all Laser LASIK?
One laser (Femtosecond) is used to make the Flap in the Cornea and another is used to reshape the Cornea (Excimer). Before All Laser Lasik was developed a razor blade was used to make the Flap in the Cornea.
Is LASIK covered by insurance?
In most cases, LASIK is not covered by insurance although there are several insurances who do cover part or all of the treatment.
Will I have stitches?
No. LASIK is a sutureless surgery. The flap on the surface of the eye self seals.
Will I feel pain during the LASIK procedure?
No. Prior to entering the LASIK procedure room you are given a medication to help you relax. Numbing eye drops are used to desensitize the eye. During the actual procedure, a slight pressure is noted by most patients. Not pain.
Any post-operative pain?
Some patients have described having a slightly “sandy” or “gritty” feeling in their eyes immediately after the procedure; however this feeling will go away as soon as your prescribed eye drops are administered. Over-the-counter pain medications should adequately control any discomfort.
How long does it take?
The procedure itself takes only a matter of minutes. Most patients spend 15-20 minutes in the surgical suite. For planning purposes, you should plan to be with us about 2 hours on the day of your surgery.
Will I need to leave my contacts out before my LASIK evalution?
Yes, soft contacts should be removed from your eyes at least two weeks prior to your appointment. Gas permeable or hard lenses should be removed for a minimum of three weeks. Removing your contact lenses allows your cornea to return to its natural shape.
How well will I see after surgery?
This, of course, varies with each patient. Vision for most patients begins to improve within 24 hours although it may take as much as three months to achieve your best vision in rare instances.
What happens when I blink during surgery?
Blinking is actually stopped by the placement of an instrument called a lid speculum, which gently holds back your upper and lower eyelids. This is put into place after anesthetic drops.
Will my LASIK procedure “fade” over time?
LASIK is a permanent change to the cornea, so it will not fade. However as the eye ages, vision problems that are unrelated to the corneal surface can still occur, namely presbyopia (over-40 vision) and cataracts, and patients will need glasses to read.

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