The Answers to Your LASIK Surgery Questions
Q: What is laser vision correction?
A: Laser vision correction is a surgical procedure designed to correct common vision problems for patients that are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. The two most common types of laser vision correction are LASIK and PRK. LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, permanently changes the shape of the cornea using laser technology.
Q: Is LASIK safe?
A: The FDA-approved LASIK process is a proven, safe, and effective way of correcting vision. Refer to the FDA website for detailed information on LASIK. There are no known cases of blindness from LASIK.
Q: Is LASIK painful?
A: LASIK is not a painful surgery. Eye drops that numb the eyes are given before, during, and after the procedure. There is a sensation of pressure during LASIK surgery when the flap is created in the cornea, but it is not uncomfortable. After LASIK surgery, there is some mild discomfort that lasts a day or two.
Q: How long does LASIK surgery take?
A: For LASIK, you can expect to be at the LASIK clinic usually one to two hours. The total time in the surgery suite is about ten to fifteen minutes and the actual laser time is less than one minute per eye. Most of the visit is preparation and discussion with your LASIK surgeon.
Q: Am I awake during LASIK?
A: Yes, you will remain awake during LASIK and keep your eyes open during LASIK. You will also be offered Valium or a similar sedative. The reason why you need to remain awake during LASIK is so that you can follow fixation instructions from your surgeon.
Q: Has LASIK technology changed over the years?
A: Laser vision correction has evolved over the past two decades, and that is reflected in the advanced LASIK technology utilized by LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland. We can perform both wavefront-optimized LASIK as well as Contoura™ Vision, which uses advanced corneal mapping technology to deliver a highly customized LASIK surgery.
Q: How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK surgery?
A: The first place to start is with your own eye doctor. He or she can give you an idea of whether you are a good candidate for laser vision correction and even co-manage your surgery by providing your pre-operative and post-operative exams. During your initial visit to LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland, we will evaluate your eyes with precise optical equipment and discuss treatment options with you.