Laser Eye Surgery in New Jersey – Campus Eye Group – FAQs
Q. What is laser vision correction?
It is an outpatient treatment that uses a cool beam of light to gently reshape the surface of the eye – the cornea – thereby improving vision.
The light gently pulses to remove a microscopic amount of tissue, modifying the curvature of the cornea and allowing images to be more sharply focused on the retina.
Our facility uses the Wavelight Allegretto Laser from Alcon with wavefront optimized technology. Even when you are unaware, your eyes are constantly making fine movements, many of which are beyond your control. Wavelight technology tracks eye movements, thereby maintaining accurate placement of the beam and offering precision treatment. We use only the latest technological advances, and our Pennsylvania and New Jersey LASIK eye surgery specialists have performed thousands of LASIK procedures. In fact, our surgeons have had LASIK performed on themselves.
Q. How does laser vision correction improve nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism?
The cool beam of light gently reshapes the surface of the cornea, making it more like a normal eye. Light can then focus at the back of the eye, on the retina, making images on the retina clear, thereby improving your vision.
Q. Is laser vision correction safe?
Yes, more than eight million patients worldwide have had this treatment performed on them successfully.
The FDA has recognized laser vision correction for Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, and Astigmatism, and found the treatment safe and effective for eligible patients.
Q. Does laser vision correction hurt?
No, the treatment itself is painless. Some patients may experience discomfort for one to three days after treatment.
Many patients compare this to the sensation of sand in the eye. Pain medication can be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort during the recovery.
Q. How do I know I can have laser vision correction?
Your Physician will be able to tell you if laser vision correction is right for you.
Some guidelines are:
- You must have healthy eyes and be at least 18 years old for nearsightedness
- or farsightedness and 21 years old for astigmatism
- Your vision must be stable for at least one year before the laser procedure
You are not a good candidate if:
- You have degenerative or autoimmune diseases
- You're pregnant or nursing
- You have a condition that makes healing difficult
Q. What happens before the treatment?
Your Campus Eye Group physician will conduct a thorough examination to determine whether your eyes are healthy and suitable for the laser procedure.
Your eye is photographed and a computerized map, called corneal topography, is made to assess the shape of your cornea. This is one of the many diagnostic tests the doctor uses to help ensure highly accurate results.
Q. What can I expect the day of the treatment?
This is an outpatient procedure. The laser treatment takes less than one minute for most patients. The entire procedure usually takes fifteen minutes. And your visit will be complete in less than an hour.
First, you will relax in a reclining chair. Anesthetic drops will be placed in your eye, then your eye doctor will position your head under the laser, and a retainer will be placed to gently and comfortably hold your eyelids open during treatment.
The treatment begins when you focus on a blinking light. Microscopic amounts of tissue, less than the thickness of a human hair, will then be removed from your cornea by the gently pulsing light. Afterwards, some drops or ointment will be placed in your eye for protection and comfort.
Q. How soon can I return to work?
Some people go back the day after treatment.
Two or three days of rest are suggested.
Q. How well will I see after laser vision correction?
Typically, your vision improves immediately after treatment.
Some patients may experience small vision changes during the first few months: this is a normal occurrence.
Q. How much will it cost?
Consider the laser vision correction as cost-effective compared to what you would have to spend on glasses, contact lenses, and lens care over the course of twenty years. The difference is, you'll have reduced or eliminated dependence on glasses and contacts.
Some medical plans may cover the cost. However, most medical plans consider LASIK surgery an elective treatment and therefore do not pay for the procedure. Ask your health insurance provider.
Call our office for the current fee schedule. We offer payment and financing plans for qualified applicants.