LASIK FAQs

Every patient is unique, and so are their eyes—each eye requires a careful examination with the most advanced technology. Our eye surgery specialists evaluate each patient who visits our Oklahoma City (OKC) LASIK vision center from the OKC region, including Edmond, Norman, Moore, and surrounding areas to ensure they receive the most appropriate treatment. Review our LASIK eye surgery FAQs for the answers to questions we are commonly asked.

How much does LASIK eye surgery cost in OKC?

The cost of LASIK eye surgery can vary, depending on the severity of your vision correction needs, but on average, LASIK eye surgery ranges from $1,500 to more than $3,000 per eye in Oklahoma City. It is important to complete a full examination with one of our OKC eye surgery specialists so that we can provide a customized quote for your LASIK eye surgery procedure.

How safe is LASIK?

The FDA first approved the technology for LASIK eye surgery in 1998, and it is safer now than ever. Thanks to the leading-edge laser eye surgery technology and the latest techniques we use here at nJoy Vision in OKC, LASIK is safer and more effective than ever before. 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.

How long does the LASIK eye surgery procedure take?

The procedure typically takes 5-10 minutes per eye, with the laser treatment 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 1.5 to 2 hours. Patients need to have someone drive them home following their procedure.

Does LASIK hurt?

No, LASIK is not painful. We use anesthetic drops to numb the eyes prior to treatment to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Patients feel a sensation of mild pressure but should not experience pain during surgery. 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 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. Most patients qualify if they are mildly to moderately near-sighted or mildly farsighted with or without astigmatism. We offer other vision treatment options for patients who aren’t good candidates for LASIK. A free consultation is available to determine whether or not you are a candidate for laser vision correction.

Who should not have LASIK eye surgery?

Patients who are in poor health or who have dry eye, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, or glaucoma ae usually not good candidates for LASIK surgery. It is important to have a consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist to assess the condition of your eyes to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.

Can I get LASIK if I have astigmatism?

Yes, LASIK eye surgery effectively treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK is able to treat more than 95% of all refractive conditions.

How old do you have to be to get LASIK?

Patients must be at least 18 years old to get LASIK eye surgery. Your vision must remain stable for one year before getting LASIK surgery. Your doctor can help you know if your prescription is stable.

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

You should stop wearing soft contact lenses two weeks before your free consultation and leading up to surgery. Rigid gas permeable lenses and soft contact lenses that correct for astigmatism need to be out longer. An initial screening can be performed before discontinuing contact lens wear. Your doctor will determine the length of time required to remove them.

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. Lens Replacement at nJoy Vision is a treatment option for presbyopia and ensures that cataracts won’t develop later in life.

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 much time do I need to take off from work after LASIK?

Our LASIK doctors recommend taking off the day after your surgery. Occasionally, our doctors recommend taking more time off—but that is usually only when you work in a high-risk environment. It is important that there is not a significant 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.

How long will my vision be blurry after LASIK?

Blurry vision immediately after LASIK surgery is expected. 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.

When can I drive after LASIK surgery?

In many cases, your LASIK doctor will give you permission to drive the day after your procedure. Every patient is different, however, so your case may vary.

How long do I have to wait to shower after LASIK surgery?

We recommend waiting 24 hours before showering or washing your face. You should postpone swimming in a pool for at least a week.

Does insurance cover LASIK?

LASIK is considered an elective procedure, so most insurance companies do not provide coverage, although some insurance plans do offer a LASIK benefit. If you have an HSA or FSA, you may be able to pay for LASIK with pre-tax dollars. We accept all major credit cards and offer financing options.

Is the choice of a LASIK doctor really that important?

LASIK is a serious medical procedure. It’s important to choose a LASIK specialist in OKC who has extensive training and experience. Our LASIK doctors are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and exceptionally skilled in microsurgery for the eye.

Schedule Your LASIK Consultation in OKC Today

Are you looking for a LASIK eye surgery specialist in OKC? You can schedule a free consultation at nJoy Vision or call our office at (405) 842-6060to discuss your options with one of our specialists. You can also submit a LASIK self-evaluation test to learn if you’re a good LASIK candidate.

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