LASIK, Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis, is the most commonly performed laser eye procedure in the world. It is a safe and effective way to correct vision.
Patients who achieve a successful LASIK outcome can eliminate their need for glasses and contact lenses, and enjoy the freedom of clear vision at all times. Patients can play sports, swim, spend a day at the beach, and participate in various activities free from the constraints that come with prescription glasses and contact lenses.
Thin corneas? PRK may be your vision correction solution.
Photo-refractive keratectomy (PRK) is a type of laser eye surgery designed to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, the same as LASIK. PRK is still performed frequently and regularly today. LASIK and PRK have the same overall effect on your vision outcome, however, the outcomes are achieved a bit differently surgically. Both surgeries work by changing the shape of the cornea.
Any procedure can seem scary, including LASIK! Here’s a list of some our most frequently asked questions.
If you're not scared of LASIK, you may be concerned about the price tag. Clarus partners with many insurance plans in the area! Check out our Insurance information for a full list of providers. Reach out to your insurance plan. LASIK is often a voluntary procedure (please reach out to your specific insurance carrier and find out LASIK options in your plan.). We also accept CareCredit to pay for LASIK treatment, check out our Patient Financing for information. Still have questions? Call us to see if your insurance is one of the many that we accept!
When it comes to a procedure like LASIK, this is the number one question we get. After all, a procedure that involves your eyes seems like it would hurt, but it doesn’t! Before you ever get LASIK, we will numb your eyes using special eye drops.
These drops ensure that you won't feel anything during LASIK. After LASIK, your eyes may feel a little scratchy or irritated, but this is normal. If you find that the discomfort is too much, you can take Tylenol to help your eyes feel better.
Unlike other procedures, LASIK has a short recovery time.Most LASIK patients report having clearer vision immediately after the procedure is complete.
From start to finish, your eyes will require a year to fully recover from the procedure. During the three month mark of recovery, any side effects of LASIK; like halos or dry eye, will dissipate.
LASIK is one of the most popular vision correction procedures, but it's not right for everyone. A good LASIK candidate:
If you are a good candidate for LASIK, we'll start by scheduling your procedure. On the day of the procedure, we will begin by filling out any paperwork that needs completion.
Then, we will put numbing eye drops in your eyes so you don't feel anything during LASIK. If you are anxious about the procedure, we may give you medication like Valium to help you relax.
After the numbing eye drops, we will take you into our LASIK operating suite. The whole procedure takes just seconds per eye to complete! You will be asked to look at a light while your LASIK surgeon gets your eyes ready.
There may be a slight amount of pressure as your eyes are held in place. You can blink as much as you need to, and can't ruin the procedure. We will do one eye at a time to make sure you are comfortable. Before you know it, the procedure is over!
LASIK has an incredible 96% success rate among patients! We cannot guarantee that you'll have 20/20 vision after LASIK, but many patients end up with better than 20/20.
The first day or two after LASIK, your vision may seem smoky or hazy, but this goes away. In the days after LASIK, many patients find that their vision gets better and better.
LASIK is a permanent procedure. During LASIK, the cornea is reshaped, resulting in clearer vision. It's important to note that you will still need reading glasses later on in life.
This is because LASIK corrects refractive errors like farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Even when getting LASIK, you will not be able to prevent presbyopia or reading glasses as you get older.
Have more questions about LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation with the experts at Clarus today!
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