Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK eye surgery and laser vision correction
Our LASIK counselors are available to answer any questions that you may have regarding lasik eye surgery or other types of laser vision correction. We offer free patient consultations to help you determine if refractive surgery and laser vision correction is right for you. Call us anytime or contact us online!
Q: How much does LASIK cost?
A: The cost of LASIK changes from practice to practice, although most legitimate medical practices have a similar price. Please call us directly to discuss your vision and a free consultation. The FDA does not regulate the pricing with LASIK eye surgery so there are multiple options. There are also many discount LASIK centers that are guilty of bait and switch LASIK marketing. Beware of this type of marketing to get you in the door. Our counselors are happy to discuss LASIK pricing with you anytime.
Q: Is LASIK safe?
A: There are zero reported cases of anyone going blind from LASIK eye surgery. Most people achieve 20/40 vision or better and millions of people have undergone this procedure. However, LASIK is still surgery and there are still risks. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advertising guidelines do not permit the advertising of LASIK eye surgery as safe.
Q: Is LASIK appropriate for me?
A: The only way to determine your lasik candidacy is for you to have a thorough pre-operative eye health examination. You will be educated on the benefits and risks of LASIK eye surgery and a series of tests will be performed to make sure the surgery can be performed on your eyes. Everyone’s eyes are different so this pre-LASIK exam is absolutely necessary. The advancements in recent technology are helping to widen the realm of possibilities for vision correction. Consult us directly to find out more about your new possibilities for vision correction other than LASIK surgery.
Q: Which LASIK technology is best for me?
A: There are several FDA approved excimer lasers for vision correction. The best way for you to determine the best technology is to speak directly with your surgeon. Your surgeon went through an extensive educational process to choose the best laser. Avoid being influenced by corporate literature designed to tell you their laser is the best. Your surgeon is the best qualified to discuss this information objectively with you.
Q: How does wavefront LASIK compare to conventional LASIK?
A: Wavefront LASIK is also commonly referred to as Custom LASIK or customized LASIK. Wavefront adds an automatic measurement of more subtle distortions (called higher order aberrations) This measurement is used to create a more precise laser treatment “In a few studies comparing wavefront-guided LASIK to conventional LASIK, a slightly larger percentage of subjects treated with wavefront LASIK achieved 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses compared to subjects treated with conventional LASIK”. (FDA information 2006)
Q: How can I find out if a particular laser has been approved to treat my refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmastism)?
A: You can find approved devices, their approval date, and a synopsis of the approved indications on the FDA-approved lasers site.