Q. What is LASIK?
A. LASIK is an acronym for LaSer In-situ Keratomileusis, which refers to the use of the excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct a wide range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Q. How long has LASIK been performed?
A. LASIK has been performed internationally for over 20 years. It was first performed in the United States in clinical trials in 1989. However, ophthalmologists have been reshaping the cornea for over 50 years and using the excimer laser since the 1980’s.
Q. How much does LASIK cost?
A. Generally, the procedure costs about $3,900.00. This fee includes the screening consultation and examination, the surgery and all follow-up visits for one year. Payment-in-full is due prior to surgery and can be paid by cash, check or credit card. Financing plans are also available, and you may apply quickly and securely via the web at http://www.carecredit.com or by calling (800) 365-8295.
Q. Is LASIK covered by insurance?
A. Generally, it is not covered by insurance, but you need to check with your individual insurance company. Many of our patients use their flex-spending accounts to pay for LASIK.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. No, the actual excimer laser procedure does not hurt. Patients are given anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye. Some patients do experience discomfort for a few hours following the surgery.
Q. How long will I be off work after the surgery?
A. Most people return to work within one or two days; however, it depends on your occupation. If your job requires a great deal of reading or computer work, you might not have adequate vision to perform your normal tasks.
Q. Can I play sports after LASIK surgery?
A. Most normal activities can be resumed after surgery. However, for at least two weeks after surgery, you should avoid activities that would cause perspiration to run into the eyes. You should also wear safety glasses while playing contact sports and avoid swimming for several weeks.
Q. How long will it take before I can see well?
A. Most patients achieve good vision within a few hours of the surgery. However, vision can continue to improve, and best vision can take two to three months to occur.
Q. Will I still need reading glasses after LASIK surgery?
A. Most people in their 40’s will need reading glasses. This condition, known as presbyopia, cannot currently be treated by surgery.