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Answering Five Common Questions About LASIK

Tuesday, May 25 2021 9:53 PM

If you’ve been considering LASIK, you probably have a lot of questions about the procedure and if it’s the right choice for you.

That’s perfectly normal, and asking the right questions to make an informed decision is an important part of the process.

Some questions—especially those related to costs, HSA/FSA eligibility, or whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK—are common. But sometimes the answers are different and specific to each patient’s circumstances. In those cases, it’s best to consult directly with a LASIK provider to get the right answers. 

Other, more common questions, are often based on myths and misconceptions about LASIK.

That doesn’t necessarily make them “bad” questions, though. Any questions you have related to your vision—and how to decide the right course of treatment to correct it—are valid and important. 

A good provider takes the time to listen and answer anything you want to ask before you make your decision. So in that spirit, let’s address five questions patients frequently ask about LASIK and set the record straight.

Is LASIK painful?

We prefer "temporarily uncomfortable" to "painful." Think of it as an itch. Does it hurt? No. Is it annoying? Only temporarily.

This is because the excimer laser removes extremely thin layers from your cornea. No other part of your eye is touched or affected by the laser. 

But because we're physically reshaping your eye, there will be some irritation. Again, you'll be back to normal within a few days. 

How long is the recovery process after LASIK?

Each patient’s recovery time can vary, but normally, your eyes will feel better within a couple of days. 

Here at Grene Laser, it’s the reason we schedule surgeries on Fridays. You’ll be able to use the weekend to heal and get back to work by Monday. The procedure itself takes about 15 minutes, but you’ll be in our office for an hour or so.

You’ll have to decide whether a few days of lying on your couch with your eyes closed for a lifetime of better vision is worth it to you.

Will I experience night glare/halos/dry eyes after LASIK?

Some experience dry eyes. Some don’t. Some experience temporary halos. Some don’t. 

Every patient is different and these possibilities always exist. 

There’s really no definitive answer. However, most times, those who experience these side effects only experience them temporarily—for a few weeks at most.

What happens if my vision isn’t fully corrected after the procedure?

The vast majority of the time (95%) LASIK achieves the desired outcome. This is partly because we do extensive testing before your surgery, making sure your expectations are appropriate. 

Also, in a rare case where we don’t achieve the desired outcome, we can go back in to correct the remaining prescription. 

Of the patients that have refractive surgery, about 4% come back in the future for an enhancement. Enhancement procedures at our facility are free within the first year of your initial procedure.

Can I get rid of my glasses permanently after LASIK?

LASIK only reshapes your cornea, the lens on the outside of your eye. It has no effect on the ability of your natural lens to shift from clear distance vision to clear near vision, which is the real cause of your need for reading glasses. For those patients over the age of forty, reading glasses may still be needed after surgery or in the near future. 

For patients under forty, the natural lens still has the ability to focus up close and you should be glasses-free.

That said, LASIK provides crisp distance vision for many years for most patients.

Get the answers to all your questions with a LASIK consultation

Because everyone’s eyes and vision are different, the best way to get the answers to any questions you might have about LASIK is to schedule a free consultation

There, your doctor will evaluate your vision and prescription, and be able to help you determine if you’re a good candidate to have your vision corrected through LASIK.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask all the questions you may have about LASIK and get straight answers from a professional. Then, you can be confident in making an informed decision that’s right for you and your vision.

Contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation.

Justin Best
"After having to wear contacts for 20 years, I knew it was time to throw them away when I became a firefighter. I now wake up to respond to an alarm with clear vision and I don't have to worry about my eyes. It truly was an amazing and life changing experience."
Justin Best, Newton Fire / EMS - Newton, KS

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