FAQs

This is a question and answer section that answers the most common questions. If you need any further help please use the contact us page and we will respond as soon as possible.


  • Can I have laser vision correction while I am pregnant or trying to conceive?
  • Do I need to take time off from work?
  • Does LASIK cause dry eye?
  • Has anyone gone blind because of LASIK?
  • How long does the procedure take?
  • How long will the results of the surgery last?
  • How old do I have to be for laser vision correction?
  • If I choose to have monovision, does that mean I'll never need reading glasses?
  • Is all laser vision correction the same?
  • What about nighttime effects?
  • Will both eyes be corrected on the same day?
  • Will I have 20/20 vision following laser vision correction?
  • Will the procedure hurt?
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    Q: Can I have laser vision correction while I am pregnant or trying to conceive?
    A: Pregnancy can affect your vision. Therefore, if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, you should not have laser vision correction. You should wait several months after your pregnancy, or after you finish nursing, before having laser vision correction.
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    Q: Do I need to take time off from work?
    A: Following LASIK, most patients return to work the day after their procedure. With PRK or LASEK, the covery time may be a little longer.
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    Q: Does LASIK cause dry eye?
    A: Following a LASIK procedure, every patient has temporary dry eye, which can be treated most often with eye drops. This dry eye sensation usually clears up in eight-12 weeks, except in rare cases where it may take longer.
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    Q: Has anyone gone blind because of LASIK?
    A: In the many thousands of LASIK cases performed worldwide, we know of no recorded incidence of anyone losing their eyesight due to this procedure.
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    Q: How long does the procedure take?
    A: Since both eyes are usually treated during the same appointment, you will be in the surgery room for approximately 30 minutes. Once you are in the laser room, your eye will be cleaned and prepared for surgery. The surgery itself usually takes only 5 minutes or so per eye.
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    Q: How long will the results of the surgery last?
    A: Laser vision correction is considered to be permanent. However, your eyes can still change as you age, which may cause a need for glasses or contacts or additional vision correction procedures in the future. As people age, they develop presbyopia and begin to need reading glasses. If you are over 35, you might want to consider monovision.
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    Q: How old do I have to be for laser vision correction?
    A: You need to be over 18 years of age and your glasses or contact lens prescription should not have changed in the last year. If your eyes are still changing from year to year, you should not have the procedure until the cornea is stable.
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    Q: If I choose to have monovision, does that mean I'll never need reading glasses?
    A: Not neccessarily. The effects of presbyopia continue to worsen as you get older, whether or not you have monovision. At some point in time, readin gglasses or another vision correction procedure may become necessary. The benefits to having monovision is tat there won't be a complete dependence on glasses for close vision. Many who have monovision are able to see well enough both at distance and near to do things at any age without corrective lenses.
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    Q: Is all laser vision correction the same?
    A: No many of the discount LASIK centers want you to believe that LASIK should be purchased like a commodity and that the surgeon's experience, lasers, diagnostic technology and follow-up care don't matter. This procedure will affect the way you see for the rest of your life. You should make the decision to have laser vision correction carefully. You are encouraged to talk with our doctors about any questions you have so you can make an informed decision.
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    Q: What about nighttime effects?
    A: You have probably seen new stories about people having difficulty driving at night after refractive surgery. Nighttime side effects may include halos, starbursts, and glare around lights and blurry vision. Some of these can be caused by overcorrection, undercorrection, or residual astigmatism. These effects usually diminish as the eye heals in the first three to six months.
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    Q: Will both eyes be corrected on the same day?
    A: For most procedures, both eyes will be corrected on the same day.
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    Q: Will I have 20/20 vision following laser vision correction?
    A: The goal of any refractive surgical procedure is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. However we cannot guarantee you will have 20/20 vision. Our commitment to you is that we will not perform laser vision correction on you or anyone we feel does not have a good possibility of achieving independence from glasses and contacts.
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    Q: Will the procedure hurt?
    A: There is no pain during any of the laser vision procedures since anesthetic eye drops numb your eyes, although some patients experience mild discomfort or a pressure sensation during their procedure. After LASIK you might experience mild irritation for a few days. An over-the-counter pain reliever or use of eye drops will generally take care of this discomfort.
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