LASIK FAQs

Every patient is unique, and so are your eyes—each eye requires a careful examination with the most advanced technology. Our specialists evaluate each patient at our LASIK vision center in Oklahoma City (OKC) to ensure they receive the most appropriate treatment.

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.

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 safe is LASIK?

The FDA first approved the technology for LASIK eye surgery 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.

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

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 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.

Is there any pain involved with LASIK eye surgery?

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. 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 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does insurance cover laser vision correction procedures?

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 flexible financing options.

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.

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.

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) 467-2271 to 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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