LASIK FAQs

Will I be guaranteed 20/20 vision after surgery?

The majority of patients achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 without glasses or contact lenses. If, after the first LASIK procedure, the desired result is not fully attained, a follow-up procedure known as an "enhancement" may be performed to further refine the result.

 

What if I move my eyes during surgery?

Modern Excimer lasers use a tracking system to track the eye, and instantly tracks and responds to any eye movement. If your eye moves outside the range of the tracker, the procedure is immediately suspended until normal conditions can be restored. This ensures safe and precise treatment.

How long does it take?

The LASIK procedure itself usually takes less than a minute. While preparing the eye and positioning the laser take some time, the total time for a single eye is usually around 15 minutes.

How long will my recovery be?

Recovery times from LASIK vary based on each individual's own healing time. A nap immediately following the procedure is advisable to allow your eyes to rest. Almost everyone experiences some dryness in the eyes and fluctuating vision in the days following the procedure, but most people are able to return to work and normal activities the next day.

Will I be in any pain?

During the LASIK procedure the patient is awake and comfortable. The eye is numbed using "e;eye drop"e; anesthesia and the patient may feel pressure but not pain. After the procedure it is typical that patients experience some discomfort such as itchiness, dryness, or watery eyes, but these symptoms usually disappear in the following days. Normally, the patient is given eye drop medication to help control any such discomfort they might experience.

Will the treatment be permanent?

The cornea is reshaped during the LASIK procedure. Unless the prescription of the eye changes due to other internal or health factors (genetic factors, diabetes, cataracts, etc.), the vision correction will be permanent.

Will I ever need glasses again?

Since most patients achieve 20/40 vision or better, the need for glasses under normal conditions is virtually eliminated. Some patients continue to use glasses in specific circumstances such as night driving. Most people (whether or not they have had LASIK) will need reading glasses as they reach middle age.

Is LASIK safe?

Over 2 million LASIK procedures have been performed in the United States since 1996. While no surgery is completely risk-free, the LASIK procedure is remarkably safe and successful. Nationwide, less than one percent of patients have experienced any kind of serious vision-threatening complications.

Am I a good candidate?

The ideal candidate for LASIK:

  • has healthy eyes, free from disease or injuries,
  • has had stable vision for one year,
  • and is at least 22 years of age

 

A quick screening can determine if your vision is within the acceptable corrective range for LASIK. People with certain medical conditions or women who are pregnant may not be good candidates for LASIK.