Am I a good candidate for laser vision
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.
Will I need reading glasses after my surgery?
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 glasses.
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
How soon can I drive after the surgery?
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
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
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.
Will I still need glasses or contact lenses?
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence
on glasses or contact lenses. An occasional patient may need
to wear a thin pair of prescription glasses for driving at
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.