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Laser eye surgery offers more precise, customized treatments
Laser eye surgery is the most popular procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and even astigmatism. With LASIK, an ophthalmologist uses a laser to reshape the cornea at the front of the eye, improving the way the eye focuses. The procedure only takes 5 to 15 minutes; however, allow for 2 hours in-office on the day of treatment.
Patients see the results of LASIK treatment immediately with better vision that continues to improve as the eyes heal and adjust to their new shape.
The top 10 questions LASIK
1What is LASIK?
LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to reshape the cornea. In LASIK, a thin flap is created on the cornea before the laser reshapes the cornea. This flap can be created using either a bladed microkeratome, or a laser, which is the more popular and advanced method. This flap is then replaced and the cornea heals quickly.
2What does LASIK correct?
LASIK corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.
3Does LASIK hurt?
Before the procedure you'll receive numbing eye drops, so you'll feel very little or no pain. But you may feel slight pressure during the procedure and mild discomfort immediately following the procedure. Patients describe this as a sensation of an eyelash being in the eye and is remedied through the use of wetting drops.
4What happens before and after my procedure?
Before – Get an examination from a LASIK provider to make sure you're a good candidate for LASIK. The doctor will map the imperfections on your eyes and measure your pupil size, cornea thickness and prescription.
After – You'll see clearer as soon as the procedure is finished, but your vision will be somewhat blurry at first. This blurriness will improve throughout the day. Your eyes may get watery and red, and you may feel like there's something in your eyes, like an eyelash. Don't worry; these symptoms should improve within a few days. When you get home, nap for 3 to 4 hours. Then, within 24 to 48 hours, you'll go to your first post-operative care visit. Your doctor will tell you if you need any additional follow up visits.
5How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of LASIK depends on which doctor you choose and what technology is used, however, procedures may average around $2,000 per eye. With your EyeMed membership, you get 15% off standard LASIK prices or 5% off promotional LASIK prices. Receive more value, such as free LASIK exams and attractive financing, at LasikPlus, a featured EyeMed provider.
6Will I still need my reading glasses after LASIK?
LASIK doesn't correct presbyopia, which is the difficulty reading small print and focusing on objects close up which is caused by the natural hardening of the lens within the eye. If you are interested, Monovison LASIK may be an option. Monovision LASIK is a specialized technique in LASIK surgery which can reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses. Monovision LASIK works by correcting one eye for distance and the other eye for up-close vision, thus reducing or preventing the need for reading glasses after the procedure. If you have LASIK (non-Monovision LASIK), you may need over-the-counter reading glasses, or "cheaters", after your procedure when reading small print.
7What's the difference between traditional and custom?
Traditional – Traditional laser eye surgery reduces or eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. This method uses optical machines such as an auto-refractor, a corneal topographer and a pupillometer to take measurements of your eyes in order to determine the appropriate laser treatment. This technology can only be used for correcting lower order aberrations.
Custom – This method is also called wavefront-guided treatment. More precise than the traditional method, it uses light to create a 3-dimensional map of the eye that produces an image as unique as a fingerprint. You may consider custom treatment if you have certain types of optical irregularities that cannot be corrected with glasses.
8What if I blink or move during the procedure?
The speculum prevents you from blinking during the procedure. Plus, the lasers have built-in tracking systems that can detect any movement of the eye during treatment.
9What kind of follow up treatments might I expect?
In some cases, enhancements may be necessary to fine tune optical corrections. All in-network providers offer free enhancements for the first year after LASIK and LasikPlus offers free enhancements for life.
10How do I find a nearby LASIK provider?
There are more than 600 locations nationwide. Call us directly Monday-Saturday at 844-898-2020
More helpful information about laser eye surgery
Is LASIK right for you?
Since the FDA approved LASIK for use in 1998, millions have decided it’s the right choice for their vision correction. LASIK surgery offers individuals greater freedom from traditional corrective eyewear. In fact, more than 40 million people in the U.S. are candidates for laser correction. You might be one of them.
If you’re considering LASIK, it’s important to understand what it is, what to expect and what factors make someone a good or poor candidate for the procedure.
Open Your Eyes to Lasik
Tired of glasses or contacts? LASIK might be for you. Since the FDA first approved LASIK for use in 1998, millions have decided it was the right choice for their vision correction. LASIK surgery offers individuals greater freedom from traditional corrective eyewear. In fact, over 40 million people in the U.S. are candidates for laser correction, and you may be one of them. If you’re considering LASIK, it’s important to understand what it is, what to expect and what factors make someone a good or poor candidate for the procedure.
Nearly a quarter million Americans undergo LASIK surgery every year.