Although we do have an FAQ section on our site, we thought we’d put together a list of the MOST COMMON questions we get regarding LASIK. If you have other questions, please let us know by emailing [email protected]!
What is laser vision correction? Is it different than LASIK?
LASIK is a type of laser vision correction. “Laser vision correction” refers to a category of procedures that use a laser to reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors and reduce dependency on glasses and contacts. PRK and SMILE are other widely practiced types of laser vision correction that we also perform.
For those who do not know, a refractive error is an incorrect bending of light. Basically, when we see, light enters your eye and is bent and shaped by your cornea and the crystalline lens. When the cornea or lens does not bend the light correctly, it does not focus on your retina. If the light doesn’t focus on the retina, the image you see is blurry. If the light focuses in front of the retina objects far away are blurry. This refractive error is known as myopia or nearsightedness. If the light focuses behind the retina, objects close up are blurry. This refractive error is known as hyperopia or farsightedness.
Does LASIK hurt?
The LASIK procedure generally takes less than 5 minutes per eye and is virtually painless. Your ophthalmologist will place numbing drops on your eye before the procedure. You might feel a bit of pressure while the flap is being created or lifted, but it is not typically painful. We use a laser called the Zeiss Visumax to gently create the flap – this laser has a curved eyepiece. The curved eyepiece produces less pressure on your eye than a typical flat eyepiece. This generally means less discomfort and no loss of vision during the procedure.
How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of LASIK varies depending on your level of correction. Please call us for more details. Financing through CareCredit is offered for qualified patients.
Is LASIK safe?
LASIK has had FDA approval since 1995. Since then over 16 million procedures have been formed in the USA. As with any surgery there are risks, so the skill and experience of the surgeon is extremely important when considering LASIK. As of February of 2018, Dr. Filutowski has been practicing for more than 27 years and has completed over 41,000 LASIK procedures. Serious complications with LASIK are very rare. In a 2016 study, 98% of patients were satisfied with their vision post-surgery, and over 90% achieved 20/20 vision. You can read more about the study that consisted of 67,893 procedures on the American Refractive Surgery Council website.
Does insurance cover LASIK?
Very few insurance plans cover LASIK. However, flex spending or health savings accounts can be used to cover or reduce the cost of LASIK.
When can I return to work after LASIK?
Most patients return to work and normal activities the following day.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK or laser vision correction?
In order to know if you are a candidate for LASIK, testing must be done to assess the level of correction needed and your general eye health. Some patients might be better candidates for other refractive procedures such as PRK, SMILE or RLE.
In general, the ideal LASIK candidate:
- Is an adult over 18 years of age
- Has healthy corneas with no history of eye disease
- Is not pregnant or nursing
- Has had a stable prescription prior to testing
How do I schedule a LASIK consultation?
Easy! Just call us at 800.EYE. EXAM or fill out this form and we’ll contact you!