Frequently Asked
Questions About Lasik

Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

We know LASIK can be a big decision, which is why we’re here to provide you with support and answers to some common questions our doctors get asked. Use this guide from our experts as a resource for you when choosing LASIK, and as you prepare for your surgery and recovery.

Is LASIK Really Safe?

LASIK has always been safe, and today is one of the most common and successful surgeries in the world. Most patients only have to worry about temporary dry eye.

DOES THE LASIK
PROCEDURE HURT?

We numb your eyes before surgery: all you should feel is slight pressure.

HOW LONG WILL
LASIK TAKE?

The LASIK procedure can take just 10 minutes, but your whole appointment will take a couple of hours.

ARE THERE ANY
LASIK SIDE EFFECTS?

Temporary discomfort, dry eye, or visual discomfort can occur just after surgery. Most people fully recover from these within a day or so.

HOW MUCH DOES THE
LASIK PROCEDURE COST?

LASIK is more affordable than ever. It’s also significantly cheaper than a lifetime of eyewear and related expenses. We’ll discuss pricing, insurance benefits, and financing options during your free consult.

HOW LONG IS LASIK
RECOVERY? DOES IT
REQUIRE TIME OFF WORK?

Every case is different, but most people are recovered enough to resume normal work and activities within a day or so of surgery. We’re happy to help you plan your procedure with time off.

HOW DOES LASIK
COMPARE TO PRK?

Basically, LASIK creates a minuscule, self-healing flap, so we can reshape the cornea tissue underneath. PRK painlessly reshapes the top of the cornea. Outcomes are generally identical, but the specifics of your case — such as your corneal thickness — may make one procedure preferable.

ARE THE RESULTS FROM
LASIK PERMANENT?

LASIK permanently reshapes your cornea, and permanently corrects your refractive vision error. It’s important to note that other eye conditions and aging can still affect your vision over the years.

DOES LASIK CORRECT
READING VISION?

Yes! Reading vision issues can be centered in the cornea, which is called hyperopia. They can also come from issues with the lens, or presbyopia. LASIK directly solves myopia and can counteract presbyopia by correcting the cornea against the lens.

CAn the LASIK Procedure
help with astigmatism?

Astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness) have virtually identical success rates with modern LASIK. It’s only with extreme astigmatism that we may look for other solutions.

How do I know if i'm a
candidate for LASIK?

You need to be 21, have a stable vision prescription, and possess healthy, thick corneas. Beyond that, we can easily confirm your candidacy during a free consultation — and if you aren’t a candidate, there are LASIK alternatives like PRK that can help you achieve your vision goals.

WHAT IF I BLINK DURING
THE LASIK PROCEDURE?

Don’t worry! Even if you can blink after we numb your eye, the Custom LASIK platform’s automatic eye tracking will instantly stop LASIK if you blink, sneeze, or move too much.

CAN I REQUEST TO BE PUT
TO SLEEP DURING LASIK?

You shouldn’t need to "go under" for LASIK, but we want you to feel as comfortable with your LASIK procedure as possible — we can discuss anesthesia and alternatives during your free consultation.

HOW DO I NEED TO PREPARE
FOR THE LASIK PROCEDURE?

During your free consult, we’ll provide comprehensive, easy-to-follow instructions for the days leading up to LASIK. Many are as straightforward as not wearing contacts for a couple of days.

HOW MUCH WILL
MY VISION IMPROVE?

Your post-LASIK vision is likely to be 20/20 or more, as with most patients. LASIK can correct astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness) for crystal-clear sight.
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