Do you have any questions or concerns about the blade-free, all-laser LASIK procedure? See below for answers to commonly asked questions to help you understand what the process entails. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us, and one of our friendly and supportive staff members will be happy to assist you.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical procedure in which a laser reshapes the cornea, the surface of the eye, to correct your vision.
How is the LASIK procedure performed?
To begin the LASIK procedure, a thin flap is created on the cornea, which remains attached on one side. Using an excimer laser, your doctor will then treat the exposed inner corneal tissue by directing cool, ultraviolet light to the area. This corrects the refractive errors and improves your ability to focus on objects. The final step is to gently lay the flap back in place, which proceeds to heal naturally, without the need for stitches.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
To be eligible for LASIK, you must be 18 years or older with stable vision for at least one year. You should also have generally good eye health as well as realistic expectations with your potential results.
How much does LASIK cost?
Virginia Eye Consultants offers a free screening/consultation so that we can determine 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 our LASIK 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 meet with a surgeon to find out if you’re a good candidate and go over any questions or concerns you may have. 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. These include topography/orbscan, refraction (check refractive error and best corrected vision), dilated eye exam, pachymetry (measuring the corneal thickness), measuring pupil size and cyclo-refraction (vision check after dilation).
Does the LASIK procedure hurt?
No, LASIK is a virtually painless procedure. You may feel mild discomfort for up to 24 hours, but this is typically minimal and should fade quickly. Like any surgery, LASIK holds potential risks, and these will be explained during your screening.
How quickly will my eyes recover?
You should notice improvement within one to two hours of having LASIK. The most dramatic change is typically noticed the morning after the procedure. Most patients can return to their normal activities within one day. Our doctors may recommend you avoid contact sports and swimming for 2-3 weeks though. When you come in for your appointment, you will be given further details on your recovery.
Does LASIK really work?
Yes! LASIK is a revolutionary procedure that is being performed all around the world. The majority of patients are able to completely eliminate their need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
If you have further questions and would like to learn more about LASIK, please contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists in Virginia Beach or another office location.