Can’t Find Your Question Here?
Have a couple questions or concerns about the Blade-Free All-Laser LASIK procedure? Below is a list of some common questions that you may come across when considering the LASIK procedure. If there are any additional questions you may have, please feel free to ask our friendly and supportive staff at 1(800) 321-EYES (321-3937).
- What is LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical procedure in which a laser reshapes the inner cornea of the eye.
- How is the LASIK procedure performed?
With the LASIK procedure, a thin layer of the cornea is lifted to create a “flap” that stays connected on one side. Next, the excimer laser sculpts the cornea with a cool, ultraviolet light. Finally, the “flap” is returned to its original position for a quick, natural recovery without stitches.
- Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
Potential candidates are 18 years of age, have stable vision for 12 months or longer, have healthy eyes, and have realistic expectations.
- How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of the LASIK procedure varies from patient to patient, depending on the amount of correction that is needed. Virginia Eye Consultants offers a free screening/consultation so that we can find out if you are a candidate and then we can discuss your financing options.
- Is LASIK covered by insurance?
Generally, most insurance plans do not cover LASIK, but the surgery coordinator at Virginia Eye Consultants can check your individual company.
- What can I expect during the LASIK consult?
When you arrive for your LASIK consultation, first you will be asked to fill out patient information forms. Next you will meet with one of our technicians for your initial measurements. Then you’ll watch a video about the LASIK procedure and meet with Dr. Scoper. The initial LASIK consultation takes between 2-3 hours because of the extensive testing that will be performed to determine if you’re a good candidate.
- What tests do I need before the LASIK procedure?
Several tests are done at the LASIK consultation: topography/orbscan, dialated eye exam, pachymetry, measuring pupil size and refraction/cyclo-refraction.
- Does the LASIK procedure hurt?
No, the actual laser procedure does not hurt. Some patients do experience mild discomfort during the first 12-24 hours but this is typically just a minor annoyance.
As with any treatment or operation there are risks, even though they are rare. The risks and benefits will be thoroughly explained to you during your screening/consultation.
- How quickly will my eyes recover?
You should be able to see better in 1-2 hours after the treatment, but you’ll notice the dramatic difference when you wake up the next day. Most people get back to their normal routine quickly-even going back to work the next day. You may need to avoid contact sports and swimming for 2-3 weeks. Your eye doctor will advise you of what is suitable for your individual needs.
- Does LASIK really work?
Yes! Excimer Laser Surgery is being performed around the world. A large majority of patients who have the procedure obtain normal vision and many others are happy to lessen their dependence on glasses or contact lenses.