At LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland, we receive and respond to many questions about LASIK surgery every single day, so it’s no surprise that there are many questions that we hear time and time again. Because they are so commonly asked, we have detailed them here with our responses. Take a look to see if your question might be answered below.
What does “LASIK” mean?
The word LASIK is an acronym that stands for “Laser-assisted In Situ Keramotomileusis,” meaning the laser-assisted surgical improvement of the refractive state of the cornea.
What happens during laser eye surgery?
During LASIK, a special laser is used to reshape the eye’s cornea, which changes its focusing power to correct the three primary vision errors: myopia, or nearsightedness; hyperopia, or farsightedness; and astigmatism, and any combination of these errors. The surgery involves using a laser to lift the eye’s surface by forming a thin, hinged flap. Underneath the flap, a special laser is used to change the shape of the cornea.
Is LASIK safe?
Many people express fears regarding whether LASIK is a safe way of correcting their vision. The resounding answer is, yes, LASIK is safe. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved LASIK processes are deemed safe and effective methods of vision correction.
Will my LASIK surgery cause me any pain?
The best word to describe what you may feel following your laser eye surgery is discomfort, not pain. Sometimes, our patients note minor discomfort that lasts no more than several days, if that. Remember that your eyes will be numbed by eye drops before, during, and after the procedure, so any sensations you experience during surgery will be limited. While you will be awake during the procedure, you will have the option of taking a sedative such as Valium.
How much does LASIK cost?
LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland has a financing partner, CareCredit, which provides a variety of affordable payment plans to, we hope, provide each patient with financing that will work best for them. Our goal is that no one postpones or decides against LASIK because of financing concerns.
We understand that, as you consider LASIK surgery, you will have more questions. Please call our dedicated staff to speak to a member of our team and schedule your free consultation. Call today!