Here at Price Vision Group, we work hard to make sure our patients receive the best possible outcomes with care customized to their unique needs and eye physiology. Below, we have included a list of frequently asked questions we receive from those who call into our office.
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For most people, yes, it will. For years we have been able to correct reasonable amounts of astigmatism with LASIK thanks to advances in technology. If you have extreme astigmatism, other options such as an implantable contact lens (ICL) may be a better option for you. A consultation with one of our doctors can determine what is best for your individual eye physiology.
If you are 18 or older, your eyes have probably finished developing. Most people have a stable prescription by age 21. To see if you are a candidate, schedule a free evaluation today.
People often have LASIK in their 40s and 50s, though sometimes a refractive lens extraction may make be a better option. An evaluation with our doctors will help you figure out what is best for you!
Perhaps. Many people hear this from other providers, but then come to our practice and find out that they are actually a good LASIK candidate (example). Having a thin cornea can be associated with keratoconous, which would disqualify you from traditional LASIK. However, many people have thinner than normal corneas absent of other conditions and are fine candidates for LASIK. As experts in identifying and treating a broad spectrum of eye conditions, our doctors are exceptionally qualified to make these determinations.
For those who truly are not candidates, we offer alternatives such as implantable contact lenses (ICLs) and PRK which many patients find to be great alternatives, with some kind enough to write about their experiences with these other procedures.
Numbing drops are used during surgery so patient discomfort is minimal. During the portion of LASIK where the flap is created, patients will feel some slight pressure on their eye as a device flattens the cornea to create the flap. This pressure is very brief as our femtosecond laser takes about 6 seconds to create a LASIK flap.
LASIK is very safe, and in fact, is actually safer than contacts in a number of ways. In our recent 1800 patient study comparing patients wearing contacts to patients that had LASIK, patients wearing contacts were more than twice as likely to have incidences of corneal infection, corneal ulcers, and corneal abrasions.
Numerous clinical studies have shown that the risk of serious complications from LASIK is low. In our recent 1800 patient study, only 1% of patients thought that they were worse off after LASIK compared to contacts when asked three years following surgery. In the rare cases when LASIK does not work for someone, reverting to wearing glasses or contacts can usually correct the issue.
No. With over 30 million people treated worldwide, there have been no reports of blindness.
This question (unlike the first three) is a bit more nuanced. In our 1800 patient study, the group of patients who wore contacts and then had LASIK had a higher proportion report having some level of dryness in the first year after year after surgery compared to before surgery. However, this group on average got better in years 2 and 3, with lower percentages of patients reporting dryness than before surgery.
For those who had LASIK to replace wearing glasses, a higher proportion reported having some level of dryness in the first year after year after surgery compared to before surgery. While this proportion improved in years 2 and 3, it did not reach the pre-LASIK level. This was consistent with many of the glasses wears actually being unable to wear contacts comfortably.
The use of artificial tears after surgery can be extremely helpful for maintaining comfort and limiting dryness. Many patients who complained of dryness also reported not using any artificial tears, which is not optimal from either a comfort or medical perspective.
In thousands of cases, we have actually never met anyone who likes the idea of having their eye operated on; however, all of them have done fine with LASIK. The actual LASIK procedure takes only a few minutes at most, so it is over quite quickly. Additionally, our expert staff will keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure and your eyes will be numbed with drops.
Many of our patients report being more sensitive than average or more scared than average, but in the end, get through surgery just as well as everyone else!
Yes. The recovery is so fast (typically one day or less) that almost everyone prefers to have both eyes treated on the same day. This adds the convenience of having one surgery date and one recovery period. Additionally, this means that your vision will be matched in both eyes, which is easier on your brain.
You can usually drive within one to three days, we recommend resting on the day of surgery. Most people drive themselves to our practice for their post-op exam the next morning.
You can usually return to work the next day, although it is advisable to take 24 hours off following surgery, particularly if you work in dusty environments or perform strenuous work. We recommend that you leave some cushion in place though, and not schedule important meetings or major trips immediately in the rare case healing takes a couple extra days.
While you typically have excellent vision on day 1, there can sometimes be small changes in the cornea for the next 3-6 months. After that, your correction is permanent. Any additional need for eyewear, such as reading glasses, after that will most likely be due to natural aging processes of the natural lens inside your eye rather than refractive changes in the cornea.
People heal differently, and this matters especially for high levels of refractive correction where minor differences in healing will make a bigger difference. In the event that you heal such that vision is less than expected after your initial LASIK treatment, we can simply perform an enhancement. Enhancements within the first year after LASIK are included in the price of LASIK performed by Dr. Price or Dr. Feng
Almost no one chooses to do this. In the small percentage of cases where there is residual refractive error, people usually just elect to have an enhancement. Enhancements are included in the price of LASIK performed by Dr. Price or Dr. Feng if done within the first year after LASIK. If you were a good contact lens wearer before LASIK you could go back to wearing them, but probably will choose not to.
One of the common myths about LASIK surgery is that it causes people to need reading glasses. When we are young, assuming our cornea has the correct curvature, our natural lens allows us to focus both up close and far away by changing its shape. As we reach age 40-50, regardless of whether we have had LASIK or not, our natural lens will get stiffer and stop changing focus as well. The change in the natural lens causes us to either need bifocals or a special lens implant, called a multi-focal IOL, in order to see well both near and far.
Most LASIK patients, even those in their 40s and 50s, choose to have LASIK to ensure that they have excellent distance vision, since that is what is most important for activities where wearing glasses is a hindrance. However, other patients prefer to have one eye optimized for near vision and one eye for distance vision.
We have two types of appointments. The first is the free screening, which is for those that want to talk to a doctor and determine if they are a candidate before deciding whether to pursue LASIK or other refractive surgery. This is shorter than the full exam, and can be scheduled at any time.
The second is the full exam. This is for those that are interested in LASIK or a similar type of refractive correction procedure such as PRK or ICL. Following the exam, we will have done all the testing needed to proceed with surgery (assuming you are a candidate). This exam requires that you not wear contacts for at least two weeks prior to ensure an accurate refraction. The exam cost is credited toward your surgery costs if you elect to have surgery.
Surgery can take place immediately following your exam, with many of our patients scheduling their exams to be the day before their surgery.
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