LASIK FAQs /Refractive Surgery Questions
Below are frequently asked questions we receive from patients in both our Elkton, MD and Newark, DE offices regarding LASIK eye surgery. Should you have further inquiries, please don't hesitate to call us today at (302) 993-0722.
What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis, which is the most commonly performed type of laser eye surgery. This procedure is generally safe, effective, and has very few side effects. LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of personal and professional reasons.
What Can LASIK Do For Me?
LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however, it is a highly successful procedure that can at the very least reduce a person's dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people. These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options.
Is there any pain involved with LASIK eye surgery?
No. Patients tell us they feel only slight discomfort, but no pain during the procedure. After the procedure, most people report a slightly irritated eye for a few hours. But pain is subjective, and when you learn more about the procedure, you'll form your own opinion of what to expect.
How long is the recovery time for LASIK surgery?
Recovery time from laser eye surgery varies, but most patients can see significant improvement immediately following the procedure. You’ll need to arrange transportation as you won’t be able to drive until after initial recovery which requires rest from 24 to 48 hours. After that time daily administration of drops are required for several weeks. Full recovery from LASIK surgery (when you can open your eyes under water) can take at least six months.
What Are the Risks Associated with LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a surgical procedure performed on the cornea, the front surface of the eye. It is crucial that patients are well educated on the potential benefits and risks of this procedure. As with any type of surgery risks are involved. After your pre-operative evaluation you will have a good idea about the risks and what they imply to your specific situation. It is important to discuss any concerns with your surgeon and weigh the risks and potential benefits. Each patient's vision is different and different treatment options are available in order to give the best possible results. The only way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to come in and discuss your options with our LASIK coordinator.
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Are there any side effects with Laser Vision Correction procedures?
As with any surgery, side effects and complications can occur. However, the majority of our patients have been very pleased with how their eyes feel post-surgery. Take a look at our patient reviews. All potential side effects and complications will be discussed further at the time of your Laser Vision Correction consultation. Did we mention your first consultation is FREE?
Could I go blind? Has anyone ever gone blind from a Laser Vision Correction procedure like LASIK or PRK?
No. There have been zero reported cases of total loss of vision.
What does laser eye surgery cost?
It varies. The two types of laser eye surgery we offer are LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). You will find that the cost of both these surgeries vary among surgeons but typically range from $2,000 to $3,000 per eye. Many eye surgery centers (including us!) offer financing options for patients who want laser vision correction. Request an appointment today to learn more or give us a call at (302) 993-0722.
Are laser vision correction procedures covered by insurance?
Yes, and no. Although few policies cover Laser Vision Correction (LVC), we would be happy to check yours when you come in for a complimentary consultation. Remember patient financing plans are available subject to credit approval – ask us about the details. Request an appointment today to meet with us and learn more!
Why not go to a discount Laser Vision Correction center?
With Laser Vision Correction, safety, outcomes, and patient satisfaction should be the deciding factor behind the center you choose, not cost. After all, you only have one pair of eyes. Here at Lavenburg Medical Group, we care about each of our patients, and we strive to help them achieve their goals of improved vision by providing them with all the details.
Are you offering any LASIK surgery special discounts at this time?
Yes! Take a look at our current special:
LASIK Special: Only $3,495 for Both Eyes - Retail Price: $4,995.
Call 844-800-EYES (844-800-3937) to claim this offer
and schedule your complimentary consultation.
How does LASIK Laser Vision Correction work?
Laser Vision Correction is a surgical procedure that reshapes the cornea to improve vision. The cornea (surface of the eye) plays a key role in how you can see images because of its ability to bend (refract) light as it enters the eye. Too much or too little curvature of the cornea usually results in nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. By removing microscopic pieces of corneal tissue, your ophthalmologist improves corneal focusing to sharpen your visual acuity.
How is LASIK Laser Eye Surgery Performed?
During LASIK the surgeon first applies anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. The cornea is then marked with water-soluble ink to guide replacement of the flap. Next a suction ring is applied that is designed to hold the eye steady and also confirms the pressure of the eye. The surgeon then creates a thin corneal flap using a device called a microkeratome. The surgeon tests for laser alignment and walks the patient through the fixation process. The corneal flap is lifted up, and the laser beam is applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea to reshape the tissue. The computer-controlled excimer laser removes the tissue under the flap and reshapes the cornea of the affected eye.
In less than 60 seconds, high-energy pulses from the excimer laser actually reshape the internal cornea with accuracy up to 0.25 microns, or 1/4000 of a millimeter. The flap is then replaced over the treated area. This corneal flap serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and expedites the healing process. Your doctor will then watch the eye for five minutes to ensure proper healing. Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place postoperatively.
What is The Excimer LASER?
LASIK involves the use of an excimer laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea, or the outer layer of the eye. The EXCIMER laser, which is a specific type of"cool" laser, generates its power from light in the ultraviolet range. It cannot be visualized by the human eye. Because the laser does not generate any heat, there is no tissue damage from the laser. As the treatment with the laser proceeds, microscopic layers of tissue, approximately 1/10th the width of a human hair, are removed. The laser is programmed to remove precisely the amount of tissue needed to achieve the desired result.
Is Laser Vision Correction for everyone?
No, not everyone. Laser Vision Correction is not necessarily for just anyone wanting to improve their vision. The best way to determine your candidacy is with a proper screening and thorough evaluation. Give us a call at (302) 993-0722 or request an appointment today.
Will I have 20/20 vision after my LASIK surgery?
No, not necessarily, however, most patients do see a significant improvement almost immediately. The outcome of your surgery depends on several factors – no surgeon can guarantee you perfect vision. Our patients have great success and can enjoy hobbies, sports, and daily activities without glasses or contacts. But, don't take our word for it. Read our patient reviews!
How long will vision correction last?
Laser vision correction is mostly permanent. However, as each of us gets older, there are natural changes that will occur regardless of whether or not you had LASIK surgery.
What is the difference between PRK and LASIK?
PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and LASIK are both safe, FDA-approved procedures that correct vision using a computer-controlled, laser energy. While LASIK uses a non-thermal beam of light to reshape the cornea, PRK relies on an excimer laser (a type of ultraviolet laser) that removes the cornea's outer (epithelial) layer so that the cornea is completely exposed. Once this layer is gone, your ophthalmologist will carefully reshape the cornea's stromal layer and correct refractive errors causing vision problems. Results of LASIK and PRK surgery are comparable, but patients are slower to recover from PRK due to the regeneration of epithelial cells.
Can both eyes be treated simultaneously with LASIK or PRK?
Yes, you can have the procedure performed on both eyes in one session. However, because of PRK's longer recovery time, your ophthalmologist may do one eye and wait a week before treating the other eye with PRK depending on a few factors.
I am very busy at work. What type of time commitment is needed to have LASIK?
Very little. LASIK is a state-of-the-art procedure, which requires a minimal time commitment for the patient. The actual procedure lasts less than 10 minutes per eye. Most patients can go back to work the very next day.
How long does LASIK eye surgery take to complete?
Within 15 to 20 minutes, your ophthalmologist will have completed the procedure in one eye and be ready to move on to the other eye. Having LASIK surgery performed on both eyes takes about an hour. When the procedure is finished, your doctor will put ointment or eye drops in your eyes, give you a few minutes to relax and then release you. Most patients see more clearly immediately after the treatment and enjoy progressive improvement over the following several weeks. Colors are much more bright, and distant objects are seen in high-definition clarity.
When can I start driving again?
You can start driving as soon as you can see well enough to drive. Driving on surgery day is not recommended since you will need to rest your eyes and avoid straining them. Most people return to work within 24 to 48 hours of undergoing LASIK.
How many follow-up appointments will I need after LASIK surgery?
You will need to return the following day, then again one week later and one month later. How many visits you make depends on the outcome of the surgery. Most patients make one more visit in six months and then do not need to return for any more check-ups.
We hope you have found this information helpful. You can learn more about our LASIK Laser Eye Surgery services here.
As always, if you have additional questions, please call us at (302) 993-0722 or request an appointment today.