LASIK FAQs

Every patient is unique and so are your eyes – each eye requires a careful examination with the most advanced technology.

How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

The decision to have laser vision correction treatment depends on the results of a thorough preoperative evaluation. Every patient is unique and so are your eyes – each eye requires a careful examination with the most advanced technology. Most patients who are mildly to moderately near-sighted and mildly farsighted with or without astigmatism qualify. Other vision treatment options are offered for patients who are ineligible for LASIK. A free consultation is available to determine whether or not you are a candidate for laser vision correction.

How old do you have to be to get LASIK?

Patients must be at least 18 years old to get LASIK eye surgery. It’s important that your vision remains stable for a 1 year before getting LASIK surgery. Your doctor can help you know if your prescription is stable.

How safe is LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery was first approved by the FDA in 1998 and it is safer now than ever. There are risks associated with LASIK that we discuss with each patient. Still, recent research indicates that LASIK has a 99% success rate in achieving 20/40 vision or better, and a 90% success rate in achieving 20/20 vision or better. LASIK is a safe, successful procedure for most patients.

How long do I have to keep my contact lenses out?

Prior to your free consultation, and leading up to surgery, soft contact lenses should be removed for 2 weeks, soft contact lenses that correct for astigmatism or rigid gas permeable lenses will need to be out longer. An initial screening can be performed prior to discontinuing contact lens wear. Your doctor will determine the specific length of time required to remove your contact lenses.

How long does the LASIK eye surgery procedure take?

The procedure typically takes 5-10 minutes per eye, with the actual laser treatment time lasting less than one minute per eye. Patients are usually in the surgery suite for no more than 15 minutes and at our facility for an average of 1.5 to 2 hours. Patients need to have someone drive them home following their procedure.

Is there any pain involved with LASIK eye surgery?

Prior to treatment, anesthetic drops are used to numb the eyes to keep you comfortable during the procedure. You will feel a mild pressure sensation, but, should not experience pain. Your doctor will also prescribe post-operative medications and lubricating drops to prevent infection and keep you as comfortable as possible as you heal.

How much time do I need to take off from work?

Doctors recommend taking off the day after your surgery. Occasionally it will be recommended that more time is taken – but that is usually only when you work in a high-risk environment. It is important that there is not a great risk of exposure to infection or injury in the days following LASIK. Some patients are comfortable and released to return to work the next day.

Are laser vision correction procedures covered by insurance?

LASIK is considered an elective procedure. Most insurance companies do not provide coverage. We accept all major credit cards and offer flexible financing options. If you have an HSA or FSA/ Flex account you may be able to pay for LASIK with pre-tax dollars.

How long does it take to recover from LASIK?

The immediate recovery time following LASIK surgery is usually about 48 hours, but it varies from patient to patient. Blurred vision and some discomfort are normal during this time. Most patients are able to return to work after 1-2 days unless the environment is dirty or dusty. Recovery after LASIK is a gradual process, and it’s important to maintain your post-operative care with your eye doctor. It can take up to 6 months for a LASIK patient’s vision to fully stabilize.

How long will my vision be blurry after LASIK?

Blurry vision immediately after LASIK surgery is expected. But how long should that blurriness last? Even though you should notice improved vision within 48 hours after the procedure, some patients experience blurry vision for up to 2 weeks. Eye drops can help clear up your vision.

How long does LASIK last?

One of the most common questions asked by patients is how long do LASIK results last? LASIK surgery permanently changes the vision of patients with issues such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. That doesn’t mean vision won’t change over time. Everyone develops presbyopia—age-related vision changes—in their 40s. This condition makes it difficult to read or do other tasks that require near vision without the use of reading glasses.

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