You will love the freedom that LASIK can bring to your life. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a dedicated student, or a busy parent, vision correction surgery can free you from the hassle of eyeglasses or contact lenses. When you have LASIK at The Eye Institute of Utah you can feel confident that you are getting the best in vision correction.
Our eye doctors, ophthalmologists, and eye surgeons are among the best in their field and are committed to offering high quality eye care for patients in Salt Lake City and the greater Intermountain West. Our team of experts includes experienced LASIK surgeons Dr. Darcy Wolsey, Dr. Zachary Zavodni and Dr. Samuel Passi.
LASIK is a refractive surgery, meaning that it corrects refractive errors. What is a refractive error? In order to see as clearly as possible at a range of distances, light must refract (bend) properly onto the eye’s retina. If the eye’s curvature is irregular, the retina may not be able to appropriately focus rays of light. This leads to refractive errors, which cause images at certain distances to appear blurry. LASIK can correct the most common refractive errors:
LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is a laser eye surgery that is Trusted Source U.S. Food and Drug Administration. LASIK Go to Source FDA approved to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses by reshaping the cornea to correct refractive errors.1
Your first step is a no-obligation LASIK consultation appointment. This appointment is your opportunity to learn more about your LASIK options and get answers to any questions you may have. You will meet with one of our eye doctors who will perform an eye exam and discuss your goals with you in order to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. If you decide that LASIK is right for you, your eye doctor will give you detailed pre-operative instructions, which will include stopping contact lens wear for a period of time before your LASIK procedure.
On the day of your LASIK procedure, your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops and you may be offered a sedative medication to help you relax. Your LASIK surgeon will review your treatment plan with you before beginning your surgery.
The actual procedure involves two steps:
Once the vision correction procedure is complete, the corneal flap is returned to its original position where it self-seals and acts as a natural bandage.
Recovery is different for everyone, but most LASIK patients are generally able to drive, work and resume regular daily activities within 24-48 hours after surgery. You may experience mild irritation, scratchiness, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision in the first few hours after surgery. It is critically important that you follow all of your eye surgeon’s precautions and instructions so that your eyes heal properly.
You will be given special eye shields to wear while sleeping. You should avoid strenuous exercise and vigorous activities for about one week after LASIK. You will need to refrain from swimming for several weeks after surgery.
Ideal candidates for LASIK are 18 or older and in good general health without a history of eye diseases such as glaucoma or keratoconus. Your vision prescription should be stable (no changes within the last year) and Trusted Source American Refractive Surgery Council. Are You a Candidate for LASIK? Go to Source fall within these parameters :2
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Some people who are interested in vision correction surgery are not candidates for LASIK. Common reasons include corneas that are too thin or a high level of nearsightedness. While LASIK is popular, we offer other very effective vision correction procedures. PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy, uses similar technology to reshape the cornea, but it does not involve making a corneal flap so it may be an option for patients with thin corneas. Visian ICL is a great option for patients who have a high level of nearsightedness, as well as those who want an additive technology that does not permanently change the shape of the cornea and can be reversed if needed.
Learn more about LASIK alternatives.
At The Eye Institute of Utah, we are committed to putting better vision within your reach. We offer free consultation appointments, competitive and inclusive pricing, and convenient financing options.*
Our base pricing for LASIK is $2,550 per eye. We regularly offer discounts and special pricing. Vision correction promotions also apply to some other vision correction surgeries, so you can be sure you’ll get the procedure that is best for you.
See how the most popular vision correction options compare.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is a LASIK alternative that can also treat or prevent cataracts. This procedure is customizable and LASIK discounts and vision correction promotions do not apply to RLE. Examples of custom RLE vision packages:
*Free refractive consults available for qualified individuals under the age of 60. Financing from independent lenders available for qualified lenders based on credit approval and subject to lender’s terms.
Yes, most medical spending plans can be used for LASIK. Talk to your plan administrator about your plan details.
No, your eyes will be numbed during the procedure. You may feel slight pressure, but you will not feel pain during the procedure.
Many patients return to work the next day. If you have a job that is very physically vigorous you may need to take a few additional days off of work.
You will need to refrain from using eye makeup for one week after LASIK. We also advise to not use any eye makeup for three days prior to your procedure and to throw out any old eye makeup.
Any surgical procedure carries some risk of complications or side effects, but fewer than Trusted Source American Refractive Surgery Council. LASIK Complication Rate: The Latest Facts and Stats You Should Know. Go to Source 1% of patients experience complications after LASIK.3 The few side effects that are common during the healing period, such as dry eyes, light sensitivity, and halos, are typically temporary.
Yes, and your vision correction from LASIK is permanent. However, your eyes can change as you age. For example, most people will experience an age-related loss of near vision called presbyopia which can create the need for reading glasses at some point in their lives. Retinal and corneal eye diseases or the onset of age-related eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma can also change your vision later in life.
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 801-266-2283.
1 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. LASIK. Available: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/surgery-devices/lasik Accessed May 28, 2021
2 American Refractive Surgery Council. Are You a Candidate for LASIK? Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/general-lasik-candidate-guidelines/ Accessed June 1, 2021
3 American Refractive Surgery Council. LASIK Complication Rate: The Latest Facts and Stats You Should Know. Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/lasik-complication-rate-latest-facts. Accessed June 1, 2021.
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