Q. What is LASIK?
A. LASIK is a procedure that improves vision by changing the shape of the cornea with a laser and is a very effective treatment for a wide range of vision problems. LASIK laser eye surgery continues to grow in popularity and is the number one elective surgery in the country.
Q: Are there patient financing companies available? (or: Are there patient financing companies available to help pay for my purchase over time?)
A: We offer financing with approved credit through Wells Fargo. There are a number of special financing promotions available. Please contact us for details.
Q: Is LASIK painful?
A: Most patients experience NO pain but some experience a mild discomfort just after the procedure. Within 24 hours and solid rest most LASIK patients feel no pain.
Q. Why do people have LASIK surgery?
A. Research has shown that there are four main reasons that people choose to have LASIK. They are:
- Life simplification: No longer having to deal with glasses or contacts
- Independence: Freedom from dependence on glasses and/or contacts
- Performance: Ability to perform better in sports-related activities
- Ability to see 24/7 when it counts: Better vision for all occasions (e.g., at a play, evening out, playing golf)
Q. What results can a person hope to achieve?
A. LASIK has proven overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Clinical studies show that most LASIK patients (with mild to moderate prescriptions) have the potential to achieve 20/20 vision or near 20/20 vision. Generally, this means they no longer need or have reduced their dependence on glasses or contacts to drive, play sports, watch movies and TV, or participate in careers requiring excellent vision.
Q. Who is a good candidate for LASIK?
A. LASIK can treat a very broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The best way to determine who is a good candidate is with a thorough eye exam. Candidates must be 21 years of age or older, in good general health, and have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma.
Q. How long will the LASIK procedure take?
A. The LASIK laser vision correction procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes in the operating room. The actual laser time is approximately 1 minute.
Q. Are there any risks associated with LASIK?
A. Some potential complications include conditions such as dryness, night glare, under or over-correction and loss of best-corrected vision. The risks of surgery should be discussed fully with the doctor prior to the procedure. Additionally, proper post-operative care helps to identify and address any potential healing complications.
Q. Can I go swimming or get in a hot tub?
A. Avoid any pool or hot tub water in your eyes for at least 2 weeks. You can shower, but try not to get water in your eyes. Some people hold a washcloth over their eyes to block strea water when showering. Lake water should be avoided for about 3 to 4 weeks.
Q. Can I wear make-up?
A. We recommend not wearing eye makeup for up to 1 week after surgery. Be gently removing any eye makeup you decide to use.
Q. What can I do during the day leading up to surgery?
A. Please do not wear mascara or eye liner, cologne, or perfume on the day of surgery
Q. Can I work the day after surgery?
A. Yes, but only if the doctor says that your vision is okay.
Q. Can I go to the gym or work out?
A. Try to avoid any strenuous exercise and weightlifting for 7 days after surgery. If you have to do anything that involves perspiring, please wear a headband.
Q. What if I work in a dusty environment?
A. Always wear protective eyewear if you are in a situation where you may get something in your eyes. If you do get something in your eyes during the first post operative week, try to flush the eyes with preservative-free tears. Also, use UV protective sunglasses for your outdoor activities.
Q. Can I drive right after surgery?
A. NO! You will need a driver the day of surgery. On your one day post-op you may drive yourself.