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Top Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a LASIK Surgeon

    1. If you start each day by looking in the mirror trying to picture yourself without eyeglasses, constantly misplace your prescription shades, and are tired of poking yourself in the eye with contact lenses each morning, you may be considering laser vision correction.Ever since its FDA approval in 1999, LASIK has been very popular. Also known as refractive surgery, laser eye surgery changes how the patient’s eye refracts light, improving their vision. When the cornea is not perfectly round, the light focuses irregularly on the retina in the back of the eye, causing a refractive error. LASIK corrects refractive errors in nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism (an irregularly shaped cornea) by changing the cornea’s shape.

      Before your LASIK procedure, make sure you have a consultation with a reputable LASIK surgeon. There are just a few things you should ask during your consultation to ensure you’re receiving the best care:

      Am I a good LASIK candidate?

      Unfortunately, not everyone makes a good LASIK patient. Some people have eye conditions that will prevent them from having a LASIK procedure. To be a good candidate, you should have generally good eye health, sufficient corneal tissue for reshaping, and no current eye diseases, such as cataracts or glaucoma.

      If you have a medical condition, consult with your physician before having any medical procedure. Your doctor should go over your medical history with you to determine if you’re a good LASIK candidate.

      How many times has the doctor done a LASIK procedure?

      LASIK vision correction surgery is, as the name implies, a surgery. Just as you wouldn’t want a podiatrist to handle your heart attack, you don’t want just any eye doctor to handle your LASIK surgery. Campus Eye Group can help connect you to qualified and experienced LASIK surgeons who are willing to walk through the procedure with you.

      How much does LASIK cost?

      The estimate your doctor gives you should include the procedure itself, any necessary preparation, preoperative exams, surgery center fees, and post-op care. Also, check if the office offers financing options.

      Most insurance companies won’t cover LASIK as it’s an elective procedure, but you can discuss payment plans to ease the financial burden.

      What are LASIK’s side effects?

      All medical procedures have side effects– dry eye is the most common symptom after LASIK surgery. You may also see halos when you look at something bright after surgery. This is called the halo effect, and it happens because fluid is building in your cornea as part of the natural healing process. It is nothing to be concerned about and only lasts for a few weeks.

      Your surgeon should be upfront with you about all possible side effects so you’re making a fully-informed decision. To decrease your risk of side effects, make sure to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions from your surgeon.

      What will my vision be after LASIK?

      Chances are, you will not be able to see perfectly immediately after LASIK surgery. Blurred vision or double vision is common for the first day or two, but you should start seeing much clearer after a few days.

      How much does LASIK hurt?

      LASIK surgery is practically pain-free– the doctor numbs your eyes before the procedure begins. It is normal to feel pressure on their eyes during the surgery, but any pressure that you feel will only last a couple of seconds.

      What is the LASIK procedure?

      There are five parts to LASIK. Each eye goes through the same process:

      1. The doctor gives you eye drops to numb the cornea.
      2. The first laser creates a corneal
      3. The second laser reshapes the
      4. The flap is put back in
      5. The process is repeated in the other


    2. LASIK surgery only takes about 15 minutes for both eyes.

      Is age a factor?

      If you are over 40, you likely need reading glasses, and LASIK does not correct the vision problems that come naturally with age. You can still get the surgery if you are healthy, but additional glasses will be necessary in some cases.

      The Bottom Line

      LASIK eye surgery is a great solution to the annoyance and inconvenience of glasses or contact lenses. Campus Eye Group is here to help you find a solution that works, and walk with you every step of the journey. If you’re interested in improving your vision, schedule your consultation with Campus Eye Group to get answers to all your questions.

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