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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for refractive surgery?

A complete eye examination and consultation with your eye care professional will help determine the answer to this question. Your body and your eyes must be healthy, and your vision prescription must be stable.

How long will I be at the surgery center?

Your visit on the day of the procedure will usually last about two hours; you will be in the laser suite for about twenty minutes. The rest of your stay will consist of signing the consent forms, preparing you for your procedure and post-procedure instructions.

Will I feel any discomfort?

During the procedure you will feel a slight pressure while the flap is being created. This will last for about ten seconds. During the rest of the procedure, you should feel nothing. After the procedure you may feel some discomfort for the first few hours. Many of our patients tell us that the sensation is similar to having a hair in their eye. We recommend that following the procedure, you should go home and rest with your eyes closed. Ideally, you should try to get some sleep.

Will both of my eyes feel the same?

It is common for one eye or the other to be more uncomfortable during the initial healing process. This should stabilize by the day after your procedure.

Will I see clearly right away?

Immediately after your procedure your vision may be a bit blurry, almost as though you are looking through a glass of water. This is to be expected. Over the next two weeks, you should regain 80% or more of your distance vision. One eye may recover clear vision more rapidly than the other. This too will even out as the recovery time progresses.

How soon can I return to work?

Most people return to work 1 – 3 days after having the LASIK procedure.

Can I resume playing sports after LASIK?

You can resume most normal activities the day after your surgery. You should, however, avoid contact sports for two weeks after the surgery.

Will I have any bruising?

No, there will be no bruising from the procedure. You may, however, experience some “redness” in and around your eyes. This should clear up within several days.

Will it take more than one procedure to correct my vision?

Under or over response to the procedure is possible and is seen most often in patients with fairly high prescriptions. An enhancement procedure can be performed to remedy this and achieve the desired results, in most circumstances.

I wear bifocals now, will I still need them after the procedure?

Your distance vision will be corrected with the LASIK procedure. Presbyopia is part of the aging process we all experience. It develops as the lens of the eye loses some of its flexibility. This typically occurs between ages 40 – 50. Mild myopia counteracts presbyopia. That is why if you are slightly nearsighted, you can remove your glasses and still be able to read, even after presbyopia sets in. After having Laser Vision Correction, your myopia may be gone, but you may need reading glasses to see fine-print, at near, like other presbyopic people with normal vision.

What about sensitivity to light?

You may find that during the healing process you are a little light-sensitive. In addition, halos and glare during night driving may be more noticeable in the early post-operative period. These conditions should decrease with time.

Do I need to keep my contacts out? What about make-up?

Yes, you need to remove your soft contact 2 weeks prior to the evaluation to determine if you are a candidate. If you wear rigid contacts, remove them for 4 weeks prior to your evaluation. Contacts should be left out until the procedure. Do not wear eye makeup for 2 days prior and for 1 week after the surgery.

What is included in the price?

Included in the price is the pre-operative testing and consultation, the LASIK procedure, and post-operative appointments for a year. If an enhancement would be required, this procedure is not included in the initial cost.

What are my payment options?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, Personal Check, Money Order or Cash. The fee for the procedure needs to be paid the day of your surgery. Financing is an option offered through Capital One HealthCare Finance. Click here to apply online.

To learn more about LASIK, call Regional Eye Associates at 1-877-325-2745