LASIK questions to ask at Broberg Eye Care should generally be centered around the procedure’s safety, efficacy, recovery timeline, and candidacy requirements. In addition, before undergoing the procedure, you will have a private consultation with one of the doctors at our Austin, TX, practice to discuss the procedure in detail and give you a good understanding of what to expect during surgery. Patients who are prepared are more likely to achieve better results.
Is LASIK safe?
This surgical procedure uses laser technology to reshape the cornea, or outer surface of the eye, correcting the effects of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. By reshaping your cornea, it allows your retina to produce sharper, clearer images. Approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), this procedure is proven as both safe and effective. Because it is performed with computer-controlled, state-of-the-art laser technology, like our Wavefront system, it offers optimal precision with reduced risk for complications.
Will I have perfect vision after a LASIK procedure?
Although patients are able to significantly improve their vision with LASIK surgery, we cannot guarantee 20/20 vision. However, many of our patients are able to participate in activities, such as reading, driving, and playing sports without wearing contacts or glasses.
To achieve a smooth and quick recovery, we encourage our patients to follow their post-surgical instructions carefully.
Can I have LASIK performed on both eyes at the same time?
Yes, both eyes can be treated simultaneously.
Are the results permanent?
Although results are long-lasting, they are not permanent. Certain changes related to your age, particularly presbyopia, can cause impaired vision or blurriness later on in life. In some cases, when results are not ideal, you may consider LASIK enhancement.
Can I have LASIK if I have cataracts?
There are certain eye conditions that could prevent you from undergoing LASIK, including cataracts, severe dry eye, glaucoma, eye herpes, and other infections.
Does LASIK hurt?
Before undergoing LASIK, anesthetic eye drops will be administered to numb the eyes so you should remain comfortable throughout treatment. Afterwards, once the anesthesia wears off, your eyes may feel tired, irritated, and sensitive to light. Our team will provide you with a list of post-surgical instructions and prescribe eye drops to assist you in achieving a smooth recovery.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure can typically be completed in less than 30 minutes.
How can I qualify for LASIK vision correction?
To determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK, one of our doctors will perform a thorough eye and physical examination, carefully reviewing your complete medical history. General guidelines to determine candidacy include patients:
- With good ocular health, stable eyesight, and no history of eye infections, diseases, or disorders
- Over the age of 18
- Who are not pregnant or nursing
- Not participating in high-contact sports
- With no history of degenerative or autoimmune diseases
How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of LASIK varies from patient to patient and is dependent on a number of factors, including the type of LASIK performed, the complexity of the procedure, whether both eyes are being treated, and your insurance coverage.
What are the side effects or risks of LASIK?
According to the FDA, possible side effects include dry eye, sensitivity to light, halos, or difficulty driving at night. Most side effects subside with time and can be treated with medicated eye drops.
What happens on the day of the procedure?
On the day of the procedure, you will be taken to one of ours rooms and comfortably seated in a reclining chair. Once anesthetic eye drops are administered, the doctor will stabilize your eye with an eyelid speculum. The laser will then be properly positioned to reshape the cornea. Each eye takes about 15 minutes.
What precautions should I take for a fast recovery?
To achieve a smooth and quick recovery, we encourage our patients to follow their post-surgical instructions carefully. This may include:
- Not wearing makeup or using eye creams
- Not smoking
- Limiting your reading and screen time
- Applying eye drops as prescribed
- Attending follow-up appointments
When can I return to work?
As long as your job does not involve contact sports or strenuous activity, you can return to work within 24-48 hours. However, if your job involves reading or viewing computer screens, your eyes may easily tire or become irritated. This will subside within the first week.
When can I drive after LASIK?
If you see well enough the day after surgery, you can resume driving. Most patients can resume normal activities 24-48 hours after surgery.
When can I wear makeup after LASIK?
You will be encouraged to avoid wearing makeup or using lotions and creams around your eyes for the first week. Once you resume wearing makeup, throw out the old products and start with fresh ones to reduce your risk for infection.