- Will I go blind from LASIK?
- Will I need reading glasses after I have LASIK?
- How long am I unable to work after LASIK?
- How old do you have to be to get LASIK?
- Are you awake for the LASIK procedure?
- Does LASIK hurt?
- Does LASIK last forever?
- How much does LASIK cost?
- What's the difference between Custom LASIK and traditional LASIK?
- Does it matter what doctor performs my LASIK procedure?
The simple answer is no. To the best of our knowledge, in over 10 million cases performed in the U.S., no one has ever gone blind from LASIK. Early LASIK procedures subjected people to more complications and LASIK risks than today's LASIK procedures.This was due to lack of surgeon experience and inferior equipment. Some individuals who had LASIK in the 90's and even early 2000's have had LASIK induced visual distortions and in some cases, had to undergo corrective surgical procedures like corneal transplants to correct these LASIK complications. But today's LASIK is much different from early LASIK. The biggest risk in today's LASIK procedure, as with any surgery, is the possiblity of infection (many infections after LASIK are self-induced through patient negligence). Proper LASIK procedure today is to prophylacticly apply antibiotic drops for a week following the procedure, which virtually eliminates onset of infection (wearing contact lenses has shown to be as much as 5 times more likely to result in infection than having LASIK). Choosing a qualified surgeon, using the newest technology and carefully following your post-operative instructions, virtually eliminates any chance of going blind from LASIK. You actually have a much higher chance of dying in a car accident on the way to the doctors.
Will I need reading glasses after I have LASIK?
For people under the age of 40, reading glasses are almost always unnecessary. People under the age of 40 who have LASIK are usually able to see well up close and at a distance being totally independent on prescription lenses. As people approach the age of 40 whether they have worn glasses or not, the lens of the eye looses it's focusing ablility. It's at this point in time people who wear glasses usuallly need bifocals.
For people over the age of 40, chances are you will need reading glasses at some point in the near future after LASIK. There is one option called monovision. Monovision allows people over the age of 40 to get through most tasks without relying on corrective lenses. Please call us to find out more about monovision because it is not a good fit for every individual.
How long am I unable to work after LASIK?
LASIK is an outpatient procedure that requires only anesthetic eye drops to successfully perform the procedure. The visual results are usually very rapid and within hours of the surgery, most patients have functional vision. By the next day, most individuals are seeing well enough to drive and go back to work; however, individual results depend on a number of factors including age, amount of correction, and individual healing characteristics. It is not uncommon for vision to fluctuate for several weeks to several months as the eyes heal. If you have a specific question regarding your personal situation, please call us toll free @ 866-942-4001.
How old do you have to be to get LASIK?
The minimum age for LASIK is 18 years of age. But having LASIK done this young is dependent on several important factors. Most importantly is stability. We want to make sure that the eye is done growing and the prescription has not changed much in the previous 2 years. Younger people are more likely to need an enhancement (a fine-tuning) down the road. We also will look at the shape and thickness of the cornea as well as the severity of the prescription. Talking these decisions over with the surgeon and reviewing all your options is recommended.
Are you awake for the LASIK procedure?
LASIK is a quick painless 10 minute procedure. Numbing drops are used and a lid holder is put in place to keep you from blinking. Most people say LASIK is easier than going to the dentist. It's just the fear of the unknown that most people have a hard time dealing with.
Does LASIK hurt?
Most people say the LASIK procedure was easier than they expected afterwards. Numbing drops are used on the cornea, but your eye lids are not numb. Some people experience a little discomfort from the lid holders. Others feel a little pressure while the LASIK flap is created. But the vast majority of people say they felt little or no pain during the entire LASIK process.
Does LASIK last forever?
We are permanently reshaping the cornea which is responsible for most of your vision. Sometimes other factors can cause your vision to change and it is necessary to tweek or "enhance" your vision down the road. The majority of people who have had LASIK in the 1990's still have vision of 20/20 or better.
How much does LASIK cost?
With the advances in today's technology, LASIK prices have risen over the past 7 years. The national average cost for LASIK is about $2300 per eye. Envision Laser Centers is well below the national average to try and make LASIK affordable to all of our patients. We also offer multiple financing options to make LASIK fit within your budget.
What's the difference between Custom LASIK and traditional LASIK?
In short, traditional LASIK treats all people with the same prescription the exact same much like glasses or contacts do. Custom LASIK treats individual aberrations in the cornea (minute imperfections that can cause visual differences), often leading to better vision than may have been possible with glasses or contacts. People who have night time glare problems may benefit greatly with a custom LASIK procedure.
Does it matter what doctor performs my LASIK procedure?
Yes, all doctors and all lasers are not the same! Many people price shop for LASIK but do not take into account the importance of a good surgeon and advanced laser technology. Your vision is something you will live with for the rest of your life. A good surgeon may be the difference with being happy or being discouraged with your LASIK outcome. Dr. Patel and our surgical team have been together for 10 years. We are experts in the LASIK field and can make a difference with your vision.