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LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs

LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How does LASIK work?
A: The eye surgery only takes about 30 minutes at the most. After supplying eye-numbing drops, the surgeon cuts the top layer of the cornea before reshaping the middle layer using laser pulses. The cornea is replaced and the procedure is complete.

Q: Am I a candidate for LASIK?
A: Qualifying candidates have specific eye conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Both eyes must also be healthy and in good condition due to the healing necessary following the procedure.

Q: Am I too old to have LASIK?
A: As long as a patient has good eye health, good eye condition and a vision problem that can be properly corrected through LASIK eye surgery, then age should not be a factor for those looking to undergo the procedure.

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Q: How safe is LASIK?
A: The most common side effects of LASIK include dry eyes or vision that isn’t improved as much as patients would prefer. While it is possible for a patient to experience a further loss of vision, this is a very rare reaction.

Q: Does LASIK hurt?
A: Patients looking to undergo the procedure are given eyedrops that numb the feeling in both eyes. Though there is a surgical incision made in both eyes, patients will not feel this or the laser pulsating the corneas.

Q: How long does it take to do LASIK?
A: It should not take any longer than 30 minutes to complete the procedure in both eyes. In fact, many patients are finished with the procedure in as little as five to ten minutes.

Q: How accurate is LASIK?
A: LASIK eye surgery has a success rate in the high 90s. However, whether this success rate holds for a patient ultimately boils down to the skill and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure.

Q: What if I blink or move during the procedure
A: This is not a problem for LASIK surgery. The eyes are held open using a shaft to prevent blinking, and the laser is designed to follow the eyes should the patient move involuntarily in the middle of the procedure.

Q: How soon after the surgery will I be able to see?
A: Most patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery will notice an improvement in vision immediately. Either way, patients should still be able to see right after the procedure is over.

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Q: When will I be able to drive?
A: Surgeons typically want to see patients the next day to determine driving eligibility. A signed form will be provided for those who previously needed glasses to drive, and a new license will be provided at the DMV with this form.

Q: What are the possible complications?
A: Uncommon complications include dry eyes, double vision or no correction in vision. The rarer complication can be a further loss of vision, though it is rare as stated.

Q: I’ve heard that LASIK causes night vision problems… is this true?
A: Swelling can occur as a side effect of LASIK surgery in some cases, which can lead to seeing halos, glare or seeing poorly in dim lights, often collectively referred to as night vision problems.

Q: How long will the effects of LASIK last?
A: LASIK is a long term procedure, so the vision correction should last for years, though no absolute value can be given. If adverse side effects last for months, an eye exam should be scheduled.

Q: How often will I have to see the doctor following my surgery?
A: This will depend on the doctor, though the patient will usually have to return to the facility the following day to determine eligibility to resume driving.

Q: Can I wear my contacts before my surgery?
A: Wearing contacts can result in changes to the cornea that would need to be resolved prior to the LASIK eye surgery procedure. As such, it is recommended that patients do not wear contacts for at least three weeks prior to the date of the surgery. This will avoid any potential problems later on.

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