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LASIK FAQ

Is LASIK safe?

Over 14 million Americans have had LASIK over the years, and most report it to be an extremely safe procedure. As with any type of surgery, there are potential risks, including dry eyes and vision complications. In rare cases, there can be vision loss. However, some ophthalmologists believe that the long-term risk of wearing contact lenses is actually higher than the risk of LASIK.

Does LASIK hurt?

Most of our patients are amazed about two things during their LASIK procedure – that it doesn’t hurt and that it is so quick. Because we numb your eyes with eye drops before the procedure, you’ll only experience a slight pressure during the first step of the process. There may be some itching and redness as your eyes heal, but that can be easily soothed with eye drops.

How long will I be off work?

Another thing our LASIK patients are amazed about is how quickly they recover from LASIK. Most people can return to normal activities – even work – the very next day. However, it’s not a bad idea to take one day off. Most people are even be able to drive the day after your procedure. Your eyesight will continue to improve as your eyes stabilize.

Can I really get rid of my glasses?

We cannot promise that you won’t need reading glasses in the future after LASIK, but most of our patients are able to live life without glasses or contacts after surgery. As you age, the natural lens of your eye may become less flexible, making it difficult to see things close-up. This is called presbyopia and can occur whether or not you have LASIK.

Will LASIK work for me?

The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK is by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation with Dr. Blanton. Good candidates are those who:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Are tired of dealing with glasses or contacts
  • Have a stable glasses prescription
  • Have overall healthy eyes and appropriate corneal thickness
  • Have no signs of cataracts
  • Have no serious medical issues that may impede healing
  • Set realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery

All LASIK is the same, right?

Absolutely not! LASIK technology has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, but there are still centers that use outdated technology to promote bargain-basement prices for LASIK. This older technology, while still FDA approved, does not provide results that are as accurate or safe as the new technology. Do your research to make sure you are getting the very best treatment for your eyes.

What if I involuntarily blink or move during the surgery?

Our LASIK technology takes into effect that patients are nervous. You don’t need to worry about compromising your surgery by involuntary blinks or movements. Your eyelids are held open with a special mechanism, and the laser we use has technology that precisely tracks eye movements.

Should I wait for new LASIK technology or wait for the price to drop?

Probably not. LASIK technology is not likely to undergo major changes in the near future, and the cost of LASIK probably won’t go down. You may be able to take advantage of financing options to make LASIK more affordable right now. Best of all, you won’t waste years of your life with inferior vision.

How do you choose the right surgeon?

While it’s nice to get referrals from family and friends, your ultimate LASIK surgeon decision should be your own. You need to feel comfortable and confident in your surgeon’s LASIK experience, technology and chair-side manner. You may have to visit several different surgeons before you find the right one for you. Just make sure that you receive an in-depth evaluation before you proceed with the surgery to make sure you are a good candidate.