LASIK Eye Surgery FAQs
Is LASIK permanent?
The change to the shape of the cornea created by the LASIK procedure is permanent. However, the lens inside the eye continues to change due to the aging process. This is why many patients will need to start wearing glasses again in their 40’s and 50’s. Initially people will need to wear glasses for reading but often the patient will need to wear glasses for both reading and distance vision. When this occurs, it is likely that the patient may have the beginning of cataract formation.
What should I expect before LASIK and during my evaluations?
We offer a FREE consultation to determine if you are a candidate. You should expect to be in our office no longer than 30 minutes for that consultation. If you are a candidate for LASIK, you will be asked to not wear your contact lenses for two weeks leading up to your full LASIK evaluation. Wearing contact lenses changes the shape of the eye. By discontinuing contact lens wear, we will be able to obtain optimal measurements. During your pre-op evaluation you will be dilated, which could result in blurry vision for up to 24 hours. You should expect to be in our office for your pre-op for 1 ½ hours.
Will my LASIK eye surgery be performed in the office?
All exams and post ops are performed in our office. The actual LASIK procedure will be performed at our laser center, Suburban Excimer Laser Center. The address for the laser center is 3999 Dutchmans Lane, Medical Plaza 1, Suite LL-F.
How long does LASIK eye surgery take to perform?
The surgery itself only takes 1-2 minutes per eye. You will need to plan on being at the surgery center for 1 hour the day of surgery. This will allow our staff to retake and confirm all measurements and to prepare you for the procedure.
What is the recovery time for LASIK?
Typically, most people can go back to work the day after having the procedure. Most people that have LASIK done see well enough that they can drive the day after the procedure. The main restrictions are no swimming for one week, no make-up for one week and you must avoid any eye rubbing for one week.
How old do you have to be to get LASIK?
The FDA mandates that near-sighted patients must be 18 years of age prior to having LASIK and their prescription cannot have changed more than a half diopter in the previous 12 months. If the patient has nearsightedness and significant astigmatism, the patient must be 21 with a stable prescription prior to the procedure.
What type of anesthesia does Dr. Burns use for LASIK eye surgery?
How many appointments will I need after LASIK eye surgery?
Does LASIK eye surgery hurt afterwards?
What is the main risk of having LASIK?
How long will it take my vision to clear after LASIK eye surgery?
How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK eye surgery?
The first step is to schedule your free LASIK evaluation to discuss if you would be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If so, we will schedule you to come back for a full dilated exam prior to scheduling LASIK eye surgery.
How long do LASIK eye surgery results last?
If I decide to have LASIK performed, will my insurance cover any of the cost?
No, unfortunately insurance does not cover LASIK. Your cost at our office will be $1795.00 per eye.