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What is Lasik?

LASIK has become the most popular and successful vision correction procedure worldwide. LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgery permanently changes the shape of the cornea, so patients can be freed from the constraints of glasses and contacts.

How does Lasik work?

Lasik is performed in three steps:

  • 1. Corneal flap is created
    The eye is prepared by placing numbing drops into the eye and an instrument is used to prevent blinking. In LASIK, a flap is created in the cornea, and is gently lifted.
  • 2. Cornea is reshaped
    Using a cool-beam excimer laser, the cornea is reshaped for improved vision. The laser is programmed specifically for you based on your pre-surgery vision evaluation.
  • 3. Corneal flap is laid back down
    Then the flap is laid back into place, and immediately begins healing. The procedure itself takes only two to three minutes per eye.
    Click here to visit the FDA website for additional information about the LASIK procedure.
  • What are the differences between Lasik and PRK?

    The consultation exam is the same but the difference lies within the surgical process. During Lasik surgery, a flap is created on your cornea and then laid back into place, which immediately begins healing. With PRK, instead of a flap being laid down a contact lens in placed over the eye.

    ADDITIONAL FAQ

    How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK?

    The only way to be sure is to schedule a Lasik consultation, which is free. Most patients (80-85%) are excellent candidates!
    The most common qualifications to being a Lasik candidate: over the age of 18, no cataracts, no glaucoma, not pregnant or breastfeeding, stable prescription.

    Can I have Lasik surgery after cataract surgery?

    Yes it is possible, but more often than not you will not need Lasik surgery after cataract surgery. Often times, your cataract surgeon can fix your near or distance vision with an intraocular lens (IOL).

    Can I have Lasik surgery if I have cataracts?

    Due to the fact that Lasik cannot treat cataracts and more often than not cataracts worsen over time, Lasik surgery is not recommended.

    Can I have Lasik surgery if I’m currently pregnant, nursing, or breastfeeding?

    No. Lasik surgery may only be performed three months after you are done pregnant, nursing, or breastfeeding. The reasoning behind this timeline is due to your body’s hormones. During this time they are changing which can affect your eyes, thus making it unsafe to perform surgery. Also on the day of surgery and after you will be taking various prescription medications that may be unsafe for the baby as it is growing.

    Can Lasik or PRK fix my astigmatism?

    Astigmatisms are a common vision problem and can be corrected with LASIK and PRK.

    What happens if I blink during surgery?

    During surgery we use an instrument to hold your eye open and also place numbing drops in your eye to help minimize the feeling of needing to blink.

    What happens if I move my eye during surgery?

    With our advanced technology, our lasers have a tracking system called ETS. This feature allows the laser to track your eye by following your pupil, the black part of your eye. Therefore if your eye moves the laser does too, and continues treatment.

    What is the recovery time after surgery?

    After your Lasik surgery you will immediately go home to take a nap (4-5 hours) and rest for the remainder of the day. Your eyes will begin to rapidly heal, but it is normal to experience slight blurred or fluctuations in vision. Generally, most people return to work the next day after their procedure and are able to drive.

    How long does vision correction take?

    The actual procedure takes only a matter of minutes but you should can expect to be in our office for about an hour and a half. This allows Dr. Keil and our vision care team to conduct any final measurements on your eye, teach you about your drop schedule and answer any questions.

    Is Lasik surgery painful?

    Anesthetics are used to eliminate the pain sensation. However, although your eyes will be numb you may feel a mild pressure sensation.
    No, laser eye surgery does not hurt. However, you will experience some mild pressure at one point during your surgery. It may feel like you pushed on your eyes for 30 sec

    Can Lasik get rid of over the counter readers?

    Though Lasik surgery cannot rid the need for reading glasses, we do offer a procedure called the KAMRA™ Inlay to treat your near vision loss. To find out more information, please visit our Reading Solutions page.

    Will I still need to use reading glasses after Lasik surgery?

    Generally, if you are under the age of 40 you will not need readers after your Lasik surgery procedure. However, when you entire into your early 40s, you may need reading glasses due to the natural aging process of the lens inside your eye. If you would like to learn about some solutions to rid the need for readers check out our reading solutions page here.

    How many surgeries has Dr. Keil performed?

    Dr. Keil has performed over 8,000 surgeries.

    Can I drive myself home after my Lasik procedure?

    No. You may experience blurred or sensitive vision immediately after your surgery, so plan to have someone else drive you home.

    Will my improved vision be permanent?

    Studies show that vision treated by Lasik offers long-term results. In the rare occurrence that your vision needs an adjustment, Keil Lasik will provide free Lasik enhancements for life.

    When can I return to work?

    You should be able to resume your normal schedule the day after your procedure.

    Is Lasik vision correction safe for teenagers?

    The Lasik procedure is FDA approved for anyone 18 years and older. The procedure works best when the eyes have stopped changing and a steady prescription has been reached.

    What’s the difference between regular Lasik and All-Laser Lasik?

    The only difference is in the way the cornea flap is created. All-Laser is bladeless, and uses a laser to create the flap whereas regular Lasik uses a microkeratone. The benefit of All-Laser Lasik is more precise cornea flaps and a reduced risk of experiencing dry eyes after the operation.

    How many people have had this surgery?

    There have been more than 30,000,000 treatments performed around the world, making this surgery the most common voluntary medical procedure.

    Do insurance companies cover this surgery?

    Being a cosmetic/elective procedure insurance companies do not cover LASIK in full. However, some insurance companies will offer a slight discount; so make sure to bring your insurance card with you to your consultation visit.

    Are there any side effects?

    The side effects of Lasik surgery are minimal. Some patients may experience dryness of the eye following surgery, which is easily treated with medicated drops or artificial tears. Others may experience glare at night around lights (halo effect), but this is usually no different than the glare of wearing glasses or contacts and typically goes away in days to a few weeks.

    Are there any activities I need to avoid following my surgery?

    While there is a very short recovery time after Lasik surgery, you should be careful with the eye area (cheekbone to eyebrow) immediately following the procedure.
    We also recommend for you to avoid rubbing your eyes, wearing eye make-up, pools/hot tubs, and any racquet or contact sports for one week following your surgery.

    How long has Lasik surgery been performed?

    The first LASIK procedure was performed in the 1980’s and was later approved in the United States by the FDA in the 1990’s.

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