How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK?
With the help of a complete eye examination, it will be confirmed if you are a candidate for laser vision correction. Our highly trained LASIK surgeons will evaluate your eyes and let you know if you are an ideal candidate for Lasik.
How do I choose a LASIK surgeon?
The success of a LASIK treatment depends on an experienced surgeon evaluating your visual needs along with an accurate pre-operative assessment. All of our LASIK surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and have over twenty years combined experience doing laser vision correction.
How long does a LASIK treatment take?
The entire procedure may take 5-7 minutes for each eye. It takes place under topical anesthetic drops. During LASIK, a microkeratome is used for lifting the upper thin layer of the cornea. Then the laser removes a precise amount of corneal tissue. After the procedure takes place, the flap is laid back in its previous natural position. No sutures are used. Eye drops and plastic shields are used for protecting the eye for the day. Results are more or less immediate. Slight discomfort might take place for the first 24 hours.
How does the laser work?
The excimer laser uses a cold beam of light to sculpt the surface of the cornea to its desired shape. It helps in correcting farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism as determined by our surgeons at your preoperative one on one consult.
Does LASIK hurt?
With the help of eye drops, the cornea can be easily numbed. During the procedure, patients feel no discomfort. Some patients experience minimal pain after surgery. Most patients require no postoperative pain medication.
What about the recovery process?
In LASIK treatment, recovery is usually very fast. For the first few hours after surgery, patients might feel some minor irritation or a tearing and burning sensation. At this time the vision is generally blurred. Many patients nap at this point of time to rest their eyes. After a few hours, the irritation stops as the vision becomes clearer. One day after surgery most patients are pain free and the vision is quite clear.
I just cannot tolerate anything in my eye!
Using modern LASIK techniques our patients feel relaxed and are pain free. Using our state of the art Allegretto Laser, the average LASER time is 10 seconds per eye.
Will it be possible to do both eyes at the same time?
Most people prefer to have both eyes corrected at the same time. Our experienced LASIK surgeons will let you know if this is the best treatment option for you.
What will happen if I move or blink my eye during the procedure?
During the procedure, you will be lying on the comfortable Lasik stretcher and staring straight at a fixation light. A lid speculum will prevent any blinking. The laser has a built in eye movement tracker and the surgeon has full control of the laser, and can stop the procedure if it becomes necessary.
Will I need glasses after the surgery?
You cannot get a guarantee of perfect vision with any medical procedure. Most people enjoy clear vision and can legally drive without glasses. It is an important point to note that LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses if you are over 40 years old. During your free consultation, your surgeon will discuss your treatment options.
How much time do I have to take off from work?
In most cases, patients return to work the day after surgery.
Will LASIK affect my lifestyle?
Contact sports should be avoided for two weeks after surgery and it is always a good idea to wear eye protection. We advise against hot tubs, swimming and saunas for two weeks as well.
How long will the correction last?
LASIK is a permanent correction. Most patients experience years of excellent vision without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. As we age, especially for patients over the age 40, the need for reading glasses is not uncommon.
Is it true that LASIK takes six months to improve vision?
No, visual improvement is more or less immediate, even though some fluctuations in vision may take place intermittently until the eyes are completely healed.
How safe is LASIK?
LASIK is quite safe. With any kind of surgical procedure, complications might arrive. There are some vision threatening complications, but these are extremely rare. These complications include infections (1 in 5,000) and irregular healing process, which may result in irregular astigmatism and less than 20/20 vision. During such instances, contact lenses or further surgery might be necessary. Most complications are minor and may lead to blurriness for a short time and use of contact lenses or glasses for a short time. Occasionally an additional laser treatment is necessary. In most cases, patients recover without any problem. Your LASIK surgeon will be happy to discuss all aspects of your surgery at your free consultation.
How successful is LASIK?
If our experienced LASIK surgeons determine that you are a good candidate for excimer laser vision correction, 95% of our patients achieve 20/40 vision or better and can legally drive without the use of any correction.
Can LASIK treat farsightedness?
Our state of the art excimer laser can correct up to six diopters of farsightedness. Your surgeon will determine if you are able to have LASIK at your consultation.
What to do regarding astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is oval and not round. With the help of laser treatment, we can easily treat most levels of astigmatism.
Can LASIK help my dry eyes?
Most patients who have dry eyes can successfully have LASIK surgery. Your Surgeon will evaluate your tear function at your preoperative exam and determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
I use reading glasses, can LASIK help me in this regard?
LASIK is only used to correct distance vision. Patients over 40 years of age will probably need reading glasses eventually. Some patients opt for monovision correction where one eye is corrected for distance, and the other for reading. Ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for monovision.
What is the price range of LASIK?
Norwich Ophthalmology Group offers many payment options so you can easily afford your newly improved eyesight. Ask our LASIK coordinator for all your payment options.
Will my health insurance pay for LASIK?
Most insurance companies will not pay for LASIK. However, there are some special programs that do cover the cost of LASIK. You should ask your insurance representatives about your benefits and coverage.
Please contact our Norwich LASIK surgeons at (860) 889-5980 for more information and to schedule a Complimentary initial LASIK Consultation.