LASIK Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We understand that surgical vision correction is a big decision that requires a lot of questions and research. We’ve been performing LASIK longer than any other vision center in Indiana and have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.

LASIK Candidacy


  • Am I too young to get LASIK?
  • Am I too old to get LASIK?
  • Will LASIK correct my astigmatism?
  • I have been told my cornea is too thin for LASIK. Is this accurate?
  • If I’m not a candidate for LASIK, are there alternatives?
Am I too young to get LASIK?

If you are 18 or older, your eyes have probably finished developing. Most people have a stable prescription by age 21. To see if you are a candidate, fill out the form below to schedule a free evaluation today.

Am I too old to get LASIK?

People often have LASIK in their 40s and 50s, though sometimes a refractive lens exchange may make be a better option. An evaluation with our doctors will help you figure out what is best for you!

Will LASIK correct my astigmatism?

For most people, yes, it will. For years we have been able to correct reasonable amounts of astigmatism with LASIK thanks to advances in technology. If you have extreme astigmatism, other options such as an implantable contact lens (ICL) may be a better option for you.  A consultation with one of our doctors can determine what is best for your individual eye physiology.

I have been told my cornea is too thin for LASIK. Is this accurate?

Perhaps.  Many people hear this from other providers, but then come to our practice and find out that they are actually a good LASIK candidate (example). Having a thin cornea can be associated with keratoconus, which would disqualify you from traditional LASIK. However, many people have thinner than normal corneas absent of other conditions and are fine candidates for LASIK. As experts in identifying and treating a broad spectrum of eye conditions, our doctors are exceptionally qualified to make these determinations.

If I’m not a candidate for LASIK, are there alternatives?

For those who truly are not candidates, we offer alternatives such as implantable contact lenses (ICLs) and PRK which many patients find to be great alternatives, with some kind enough to share their experiences with these other procedures.


LASIK Safety


  • Is LASIK painful?
  • Is LASIK safe?
  • Has anyone gone blind from LASIK?
  • My eyes are sensitive and prone to dryness, will LASIK make this worse?
  • I don’t like surgery and the idea of my eye being operated on? Will LASIK be too much for me?
  • Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
Is LASIK painful?

Numbing eye drops are used during surgery so there is minimal discomfort. During the creation of the LASIK flap, you will feel some pressure on your eye but most patients will not consider the sensation to be painful.

What our patients had to say about pain and their experience with LASIK.

Is LASIK safe?

LASIK is very safe, and in fact, is actually safer than contacts in a number of ways. In our recent 1800 patient study comparing patients wearing contacts to patients that had LASIK, patients wearing contacts were more than twice as likely to have incidences of corneal infection, corneal ulcers, and corneal abrasions.
Numerous clinical studies have shown that the risk of serious complications from LASIK is low. In that same 1800 patient study, only 1% of patients thought that they were worse off after LASIK compared to contacts when asked three years following surgery. In the rare cases when LASIK does not work for someone, reverting to wearing glasses or contacts can usually correct the issue.

Has anyone gone blind from LASIK?

No. With over 40 million people treated worldwide since 1991, there have been no reports of blindness as a direct result of a LASIK procedure.

My eyes are sensitive and prone to dryness, will LASIK make this worse?

This question (unlike the first three) is a bit more nuanced. In our 1800 patient study, the group of patients who wore contacts and then had LASIK had a higher proportion report having some level of dryness in the first year after surgery compared to before surgery. However, this group on average got better in years 2 and 3, with lower percentages of patients reporting dryness than before surgery.

For those who had LASIK to replace wearing glasses, a higher proportion reported having some level of dryness in the first year after surgery compared to before surgery. While this proportion improved in years 2 and 3, it did not reach the pre-LASIK level. This was consistent with many of the glasses wearers actually being unable to wear contacts comfortably.

The use of artificial tears after surgery can be extremely helpful for maintaining comfort and limiting dryness. Many patients who complained of dryness also reported not using any tears, which is not optimal from either a comfort or medical perspective.

I don’t like surgery and the idea of my eye being operated on? Will LASIK be too much for me?

In thousands of cases, we have actually never met anyone who likes the idea of having their eye operated on; however, all of them have done fine with LASIK. The actual LASIK procedure takes only a few minutes at most, so it is over quite quickly. Additionally, our expert staff will keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure and your eyes will be numbed with drops.

Many of our patients report being more sensitive than average or more scared than average, but in the end, get through surgery just as well as everyone else!

Some of our patients were nervous about LASIK too. They share their LASIK experience and how we helped calm their nerves.

Can both eyes be treated at the same time?

Yes. The recovery is so fast (typically one day or less) that almost everyone prefers to have both eyes treated on the same day. This adds the convenience of having one surgery date and one recovery period. Additionally, this means that your vision will be matched in both eyes, which is easier on your brain.


After LASIK


  • When can I drive after LASIK?
  • When can I return to work after LASIK?
  • How long will LASIK last?
  • Does LASIK ever need to be repeated?
  • Will LASIK make me need reading glasses?
When can I drive after LASIK?

LASIK recovery is pretty fast and most patients can drive within one or two days. We don’t recommend that you drive until after a doctor has seen you for your 1-day post-operative appointment.

When can I return to work after LASIK?

You will be required to come in for a 1-day post-operative appointment but you can usually return to work the next day, although it is advisable to take 24 hours off following surgery, particularly if you work in dusty environments or perform strenuous work. We recommend that you leave some cushion in place though, and not schedule important meetings or major trips immediately in the rare case healing takes a couple of extra days.

How long will LASIK last?

LASIK uses a laser to permanently change the shape of your cornea to correct your vision. There can be tiny fluctuations in your vision up to 3-6 months after your surgery.

Many people that have had LASIK in the past that now require reading glasses might mistakenly think that their LASIK “has worn off.” This is usually incorrect. As we age, we require reading glasses due to the natural aging process of the crystalline lens inside our eye. This condition, known as presbyopia, affects everyone whether they’ve had LASIK or not.

Does LASIK ever need to be repeated?

There is a small percentage of patients that require an additional LASIK procedure, also known as an “Enhancement.” People heal differently, and this matters especially for high levels of refractive correction where minor differences in healing will make a bigger difference. Since your vision can fluctuate for up to 3-6 months after your surgery, we usually have you wait that period before looking at enhancement options. In the event that you heal such that vision is less than expected after your initial LASIK treatment, we can perform an enhancement. Enhancements within the first year after LASIK are included in the price of LASIK performed by Dr. Price or Dr. Feng.

Will LASIK make me need reading glasses?

One of the common myths about LASIK surgery is that it causes people to need reading glasses. When we are young, assuming our cornea has the correct curvature, our natural lens allows us to focus both up close and far away by changing its shape. As we reach age 40-50, regardless of whether we have had LASIK or not, our natural lens will get stiffer and stop changing focus as well. This condition is called presbyopia.
Most LASIK patients, even those in their 40s and 50s, choose to have LASIK to ensure that they have excellent distance vision since that is what is most important for activities where wearing glasses is a hindrance. However, other patients prefer to have one eye optimized for near vision and one eye for distance vision.


And the most important question


  • Why should I come to Price Vision Group for LASIK?
Why should I come to Price Vision Group for LASIK?
Results

At Price Vision Group, we developed our own nomogram to treat our LASIK patients. This nomogram can only be found at Price Vision Group. Using our nomogram, 80%* of our CONTOURA® Vision LASIK patients are seeing better than 20/20!

Experience

Dr. Price is the first person to perform LASIK in the state of Indiana and helped write the guidelines on LASIK for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Price and Dr. Feng are both fellowship-trained cornea experts and were the first two doctors to use the latest in LASIK technology, CONTOURA® Vision. Dr. Price and Dr. Feng have trained over 600 ophthalmologists from 35 countries on advanced eye surgery techniques. When it’s your eyes, go where the surgeons go. Price Vision Group is often referred to high difficulty surgery cases based on our extensive experience and expertise.

Technology

Price Vision Group is proud to be the leader in LASIK. We make sure our patients have access to the latest, safest, and most effective LASIK technology. This passion has led us to be the first in Indiana to perform LASIK, the first in Indiana to upgrade to bladeless LASIK, and the first in Indiana to introduce topography-guided CONTOURA® Vision LASIK.


What is my next step? Your next step is to schedule a FREE LASIK screening today!



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