- What is LASIK?
- What is IntraLase?
- How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
- How long does the procedure take?
- Is there financing available?
- What if I find out I am not a good candidate for LASIK, what are my other options?
- How many post op appointments are there?
- How do I keep my post op appointments if I live out of state?
- How soon can I go swimming?
- How soon can I use eye makeup?
- When can I go back to work?
- Will I still need reading glasses?
- Can I use my flex spending or cafeteria plans?
- Will I experience pain after LASIK?
What is LASIK?
LASIK or Laser in situ keratomileusis is a laser eye treatment that corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
What is IntraLase?
In the first step of LASIK, a thin flap will be created in the cornea. The IntraLase laser system is 100% blade-free technology. It produces a more precise and better quality flap than a microkeratome (hand held blade). This results in better vision and less chance of glare and halos.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
To find out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK, we offer complimentary refractive evaluations. The evaluation consists of a detailed eye exam with a doctor, a technician, and our refractive coordinator. They will do a number of tests to see if LASIK or another vision correction option is best suited for your individual needs.
If you meet the following criteria, you may be ready for a vision correction procedure:
- You should ideally be 21 years of age or older.
- Your eyesight must be within a correctable range.
- Your vision should have been stable over the last 12 months, especially if you are under 21.
- You must not be pregnant or nursing.
- Your eyes must be healthy.
To begin scheduling your free refractive consultation to help determine the best procedure for your eyes, fill out our online form or call us today at 800-760-4171.
How long does the procedure take?
The LASIK procedure itself only lasts about 10-15 minutes; however, you will be here for about 1-1/2-2 hours on the day of surgery.
Is there financing available?
Yes, The Eye Institute offers a variety of payment options. Specifically, the Eye Institute offers 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months no interest financing through Care Credit, which means you can have LASIK for as little as $158/month. To learn how to apply for financing, click here.
What if I find out I am not a good candidate for LASIK, what are my other options?
Depending on your exam and the health of your eye, the doctor will provide the best possible treatment options available. In order to find out which options are best for your specific condition, we offer complimentary evaluations. To schedule an evaluation, call 800-760-4171 today.
How many post op appointments are there?
Generally, the LASIK post op appointments are 1 day, 1 week, 3 months, and 1 year. All follow up appointments related to surgery are included in the cost of the procedure for 1 year.
How do I keep my post op appointments if I live out of state?
If you live out of state, you can co-manage with a local doctor for your pre and post op care. In other words, we would see you on the day of your surgery and your optometrist would see you for the remaining visits. If you live out of state and would like to know who to co-manage with, please give our Refractive Coordinator a call at 800-760-4171.
How soon can I go swimming?
You can go swimming in a chlorinated pool 7 days after your LASIK procedure; however, you must wait 30 days after your surgery to swim in natural bodies of water (lakes and oceans).
How soon can I use eye makeup?
You must remove your makeup three days prior to your LASIK surgery and you will have to wait one week after surgery until you can wear any eye makeup.
When can I go back to work?
Generally, most LASIK patients can go back to work the next day. If you have PRK, you may need to take a few additional days off.
Will I still need reading glasses?
If you are in your mid 40s and are wearing reading glasses prior to LASIK surgery, then yes, you will still have to wear reading glasses after the procedure. Anyone under the age of 40, who has LASIK, will still need reading glasses in the future when they are in their mid 40s. If you are around the age of 50 and would like to reduce your dependence on readers, there may be other options available to you. Click here for information on Presbyopia Correcting IOLs.
Can I use my flex spending or cafeteria plans?
Yes, you can use both. Generally, you will pay for your procedure up front and then your company will reimburse you for the cost of the procedure.
Will I experience pain after LASIK?
You may experience mild discomfort or dryness temporarily after the LASIK procedure. Frequent artificial tear use can help. Most dry eye symptoms will resolve in 4-6 weeks, though if you had dryness before surgery it will continue. There are many effective treatments for dry eye whether occuring after surgery or existing previously. Ask you doctor to receive more information on the latest in dry eye therapy.