LASIK Frequently Asked Questions
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What kind of refractive errors can be helped with laser vision correction?
A: Currently, most degrees of nearsightedness and astigmatism can be treated with laser vision correction. Mild to moderate degrees of farsightedness can also be corrected.
Who is a candidate for laser vision correction?
A: At EyeHealth you will undergo a thorough pre-operative exam to determine if you are a good candidate. Our surgeons will not perform laser vision correction on a patient unless they believe they can achieve the patient's desired outcome.
What is the difference between LASIK and PRK?
A: LASIK and PRK use the Excimer laser to reshape the cornea.
LASIK reshapes the internal surface of the cornea after a thin flap has been made using a microkeratome. Because the flap is placed back into its original position, the eye heals much more quickly. After LASIK most patients have little or no discomfort within a half day and notice a remarkable improvement in vision the next day. Final visual results generally occur within one to two weeks after LASIK. PRK was the first procedure using the Excimer laser to be performed in the United States. This procedure reshapes the outer surface of the cornea after the outer cell layers have been removed with a special instrument. After the laser treatment, the outer surface of the cornea re-heals over three to four days and final visual results are usually attained in three to four weeks after PRK. Both LASIK and PRK correct vision for nearsightedness, astigmatism, and farsightedness.
Is there pain during the laser vision correction procedure?
A: Patients experience no pain during the procedure because their eyes are numbed using anesthetic drops. After the procedure, some patients report slight discomfort.
Is laser vision correction permanent?
A: LASIK and PRK are considered to be permanent procedures with little or no change in refraction after the first month. Having laser vision correction, will not change the normal aging process of the eye called "Presbyopia".
Does insurance pay for laser vision correction?
A: Currently, there are insurances that offer discounts for vision correction. Call your insurance company or talk with one of our laser vision coordinators to see if your insurance offers discounts.
Is financing available?
A: There are several different financing options available to our patients, including no interest, no payment for six month plans. Our laser vision coordinators can review the choices with you to find one that best suits your needs.
What will I be able to see the next day?
A: Most patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision and can resume their normal daily activities, including driving and exercising. Most patients will notice continued improvement in their vision over the next 7-14 days.
How long does laser vision correction surgery take?
A: The surgery for both eyes takes less than 30 minutes. You will be at the EyeHealth Laser Center for less than two hours.
Will I need to miss work?
A: Most patients can resume their normal activities, including work, the day after surgery. During your no-cost consultation, your EyeHealth laser vision coordinator will advise you what can be expected based on your type of work.
Can LASIK surgery be performed on both eyes the same day?
A: Most patients can have laser vision correction performed on both eyes during the same visit. This is a choice that you and your EyeHealth surgeon will make depending on your individual needs.