LASIK FAQs

Is LASIK for everyone?

To be eligible for LASIK, your eye must be in good health and your vision must be stable. However, some people are better candidates than others and some may be better suited to another surgery technique or a combination of techniques. Your eye surgeon will tell you more about benefits and possible complications.

What is required to prepare for laser vision correction?

A comprehensive eye exam is necessary to confirm your prescription and the health of your eyes. If you wear contacts, you must remove them before your evaluation: for soft contact lenses, two weeks; for hard or gas permeable contacts, three to four weeks.

How long does the procedure take and does LASIK hurt?

The procedure takes about 10 minutes to complete and both eyes can be corrected on the same day. Surgery is painless, but mild discomfort, if any, may occur in the first hours after surgery. Some people experience some tearing with a scratchy feeling. This usually ends within a few days.

How fast will my vision recover?

After LASIK, most patients notice dramatic improvement in their vision within a day or two. People with severe nearsightedness or who are farsighted may find recovery is a little slower. Your wound healing response will also affect how quickly your best vision is achieved.

What is the success rate with laser vision correction?

While we cannot guarantee vision results, the vast majority of patients see 20/40 or better after surgery. This is the measurement needed to pass a driver’s exam. However, an overwhelming majority of patients achieve 20/20.

Patients over 40 years old who have surgery to treat nearsightedness may find they need reading glasses for close work after surgery.

What is required for after-surgery care?

Following surgery, you will need to go home and rest. Sleep is very helpful to the eyes and ensures quicker healing. You will also use antibiotic eye drops for one week.

When can I expect to return to my normal daily activities?

Although there will be minimal restrictions for swimming or sports for about one week, most patients return to daily activities, including work, within a day or two.

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