Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. It is a type of refractive surgery of the eye that involves reshaping of the cornea, so that light is correctly focused on the retina. It is also known to some as laser eye surgery and laser vision correction for astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia. This innovative surgery is done by an ophthalmologist, or an eye surgeon who reshapes the cornea in such a way that the clear part in front of your eyes properly transmits the light to your retina.

The procedure normally involves the creation of a very thin flap on the eye using a highly accurate and automated tool. The flap is then folded back and an excimer laser is used to extract a specific amount of corneal tissue underlying the flap. This process aids to reshape the cornea so that it is better positioned to accurately focus light onto the retina. The flap is then restored to original position where it is left to heal naturally. The purpose of LASIK for shortsightedness is to flatten the cornea while for farsightedness, it is to steepen it.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a LASIK procedure usually ranges from as low as $500 to as high as $4000 per eye and sometimes a bit more.  Like with most other goods and services the phrase “you get what you pay for” probably applies here as well.

What is the recovery time after a LASIK procedure?

LASIK recovery time greatly varies from person to person, but a high percentage of individuals will begin to see and notice the improvements after 2 days of having the LASIK surgery. The average length of recovery time (the time needed to get good vision) is approximately two to seven days, and with the proper eye care and maintenance, a full LASIK recovery can extend up to 6 months in tot

Most patients report an increase in vision clarity the day after the surgery is conducted, with some even having noticeable change right after the LASIK surgery. There are even some people who are able to get back to work the following day after they had LASIK surgery. Patients who have higher prescriptions are more likely to see the effects faster than those who have lower prescriptions. Certain factors such as the LASIK surgeon’s skill and the refractive procedure type can also play a role in recovery time.

Is LASIK safe?

Those of you considering laser eye surgery have probably read your share of horror stories on the Internet. Rest assured in knowing that this kind of scaremongering could not be further from the truth. When performed properly, LASIK surgery is incredibly safe.

As a matter of fact, not only LASIK surgeries have a very high success rate, but they also come with almost no complications that will threaten your sight. Eye infections are practically non-existent, since the corneal flap is strong enough to act as a natural bandage. The most common risk you’re facing is that your vision might not be completely corrected, but it’s fairly negligible and happens in less than 1 percent of cases.

Before going down this route, you should first make sure you’re a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Going to your eye doctor and undergoing a diagnostic eye exam should give you all the answers you need.

If you do require refractive surgery, the most important precaution you can take is choosing an experienced and skilled LASIK surgeon. That’s still not a guarantee of success, but it’s pretty close to one.

Will LASIK work for me?

LASIK surgery provides a great, and often permanent alternative to people who rely on contact lenses or eyeglasses to see their way through the world. LASIK is best for individuals suffering from nearsightedness (nearby objects can be seen clearly, while far objects are a blur), farsightedness (opposite of nearsightedness) and astigmatism, where near and far objects cannot be seen clearly.