1. Does Laser Vision Correction hurt?
We typically give patients a mild oral sedative to help reduce pre-surgery anxiety. Anesthetic eye drops are used to numb the eyes prior to beginning the surgery. Most patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure. A slight pressure sensation from the laser or lid holder is normal. We ask everyone to go home and take a nap immediately after their procedure. For any discomfort that remains after your nap, Advil or Tylenol is usually sufficient.
2. How long is the recovery after surgery?
Recovery can vary from person to person; however, most people see well the very next day after LASIK. With ASA most patients have functional vision immediately, however the recovery is longer and your vision will fluctuate over the next few weeks. Most people are able to return to normal everyday activities the day after LASIK and a few days later with ASA. With both surgeries, strenuous activities, swimming and windy, dirty environments in which something could get into the eye should be avoided for at least a week.
3. What are the risks of Laser Vision Correction?
Complications after laser eye surgery are very rare. However, all surgeries have some element of risk including Laser Vision Correction. Potential risks can include:
- Need for glasses or contacts
- Dry eye
- Halos or glare
- Sensation of foreign object in the eyes
- Vision loss (in rare cases)
At BoozmanHof we take great care in reducing risks and complications with thorough pre-operative evaluations and extensive surgical planning. In comparison, an individual is 5x more likely to have a serious sight-threatening problem from contact lens wear than from laser eye surgery.
4. Will my laser treatment last forever?
LASIK permanently corrects your vision by reshaping the surface of the eye. If you have a stable prescription, Laser Vision Correction can last for many, many years. Although laser surgery doesn’t “wear off,” the natural lens inside of the eye can eventually change over time due to aging. The natural aging process can cause presbyopia (the need for reading glasses that typically occurs in your mid 40s) and eventually cataracts (cloudiness of the lens that typically occurs in your mid 60s). There are other technologies available to address these vision issues when they occur.
5. Will Laser Vision Correction work for me?
The best way to determine if Laser Vision Correction (LVC) is the right option for you is to schedule a complimentary analysis and consultation. At this appointment, diagnostic scans of your eyes allow us to make the best recommendation for your vision treatment. Online or over-the-phone questionnaires can help determine whether you are most likely a good candidate, but the only way to know for certain is to review the actual scans of your eyes.
Good LVC candidates:
- Are between 21 and 65 years of age
- Have stable contact or glasses prescription for at least one year
- Have good eye health
- Have no health issues that may affect your eyes
- Are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses