Lasik Surgery

13 Common Questions about LASIK surgery

Lasik SurgeryWhat is LASIK surgery exactly?

LASIK surgery refers to a specific type of refractive surgery. A laser is used to improve the acuity of vision by reshaping the eye’s cornea.

What are some alternate terms for LASIK surgery?

LASIK surgery is sometimes called “laser vision correction” as well as “laser eye surgery.”

What problems make me a candidate for LASIK surgery?

LASIK is used to correct astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), and hyperopia (farsightedness).

How safe is LASIK?

LASIK surgery is considered to be safe, but keep in mind that there are risks associated with any surgery. Most patients do not experience complications and, if they do have them, there are usually very few. Some possible complications, however, include dry eyes, partial loss of vision, under-correction, and over-correction.

Can someone who wears bifocals have LASIK?

Absolutely, you can have LASIK surgery if you have bifocals. Be sure to ask your doctor about your specific situation before undergoing the procedure.

How much work will be missed as a result of surgery?

The good news is that you probably won’t miss much work at all. Most patients are able to return to normal activities, including work, the day after having LASIK.

Will my insurance company cover LASIK?

The answer to that is maybe. It’s not common for insurance companies to cover it, but they may under some circumstances. Some insurance companies will cover it at least partially or offer discounts. Be sure to call your insurance company to ask for details of your own vision coverage when it comes to laser vision correction.

How much does it cost?

While the figure can vary, most LASIK surgeries will cost between $1,000 and $4,000. You should go over the details with your eye care professional regarding the estimated cost of the procedure that you need well before the day of the LASIK surgery.

Does LASIK surgery hurt?

This should not be a big concern. LASIK surgery typically causes very little pain for patients on both a short-term and long-term basis. If any discomfort is felt, only a small amount of discomfort, not pain, is typical. You receive an anesthetic eye drop prior to the LASIK surgery as well as calming medication.

How long does the procedure last?

The procedure is actually quite quick! It generally takes only about 10 minutes to complete both eyes.

Is LASIK surgery a permanent solution?

Yes, it is. Performed by an ophthalmologist, it typically gives patients a permanent solution to eye problems and eliminates their need for contact lenses or corrective glasses.

Can LASIK surgery be performed during a pregnancy? 

Unfortunately, no. The increased hormones that come along with a pregnancy effect the cornea, softening its collagen and making it too delicate to operate on with a laser. It is also not recommended that you have LASIK surgery if you are nursing.

Can I have LASIK done on both eyes at once?

Most patients can have LASIK surgery on both eyes at once without a problem. This is part of standard practice. You should speak to your doctor regarding your unique situation, though.


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Troy Cole works for Kleiman Evangelista, a leading LASIK and eye care provider in Dallas, TX. Check us out on Facebook here.

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