There are many questions, curiosities and misconceptions circulating about the popular vision correction procedure known as LASIK. To clear up any confusion, the team at Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons answer commonly asked questions about LASIK here.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical procedure that improves vision by reshaping the cornea, or the clear surface of the eye, so it can better focus images onto the retina. During the procedure, the LASIK surgeon creates a flap in the cornea, gently folds it back to expose the underlying tissue and uses a laser to sculpt the tissue.
What type of laser is used in LASIK?
An excimer laser is used to reshape the corneal tissue. Although some surgeons use a blade or similar instrument to create the corneal flap, we use a femtosecond laser for an all-laser procedure. We believe our patients deserve the highest level of care and the most advanced technology.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
You may be a suitable candidate for LASIK if you want to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. You should be at least 18, in good health, not pregnant or nursing and have a stable prescription that has not changed in the past year. We can discuss your LASIK candidacy during an in-person evaluation.
Does LASIK hurt?
No, LASIK does not hurt. Your eyes are numbed prior to the procedure and you may take a sedative to relax you, so you should not feel any pain.
How long is the LASIK procedure?
From start to finish, the procedure takes about 15 minutes. The laser correction itself can be completed in less than a minute.
Can both eyes be treated on the same day?
Yes, both eyes can usually be treated the same day.
How much does LASIK cost?
The cost of LASIK depends on factors such as the specific procedure, the surgeon and the area in which surgery is performed. We offer financing options to help you pay for LASIK over time with low monthly payments.
What is the LASIK recovery like?
Normally LASIK patients are able to resume most of their normal activities, including driving and working, as soon as the day after surgery. There are some limitations on activities like swimming and contact or collision sports, which our team will discuss during consultation.
Where can I learn more about LASIK?
For more information about LASIK, please call or email Berks Eye Physicians and Surgeons today.