LASIK

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What does LASIK stand for?
2.  How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
3.  How much does LASIK cost?
4.  How long does the procedure take?
5.  What is the recovery like?
6.  Are there any side effects?
7.  Are any needles or blades used?
8.  Is LASIK painful?
9.  Is LASIK considered safe?
10. What are the risks of LASIK?
11. Where is it performed and how much experience do they have?
12. What is “iLASIK?”
13. What is the difference between the free screening exam and the preoperative comprehensive exam?

1. What does LASIK stand for?

LASIK is an acronym for “laser in-situ keratomileusis.”

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2. How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?

 In general terms a good candidate for LASIK should be:

    • Over 18 years of age
    • Have a stable eye prescription for at least one year
    • Have no health issues affecting their eyes
    • Have no signs of glaucoma, cataracts or other eye conditions

These are general standards. A full examination will determine your specific vision problem and what procedure we recommend.

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3.  How much does LASIK cost?

The cost of LASIK depends on the specific procedure and degree of correction needed. We do not sacrifice what we feel is the best to offer for a lower price. Specifically, we believe the femptosecond laser creates a better flap than a bladed microkeratome, but it also costs more. In some cases, a custom wavefront correction may be recommended over a standard correction. We never sacrifice on quality or safety to offer a better price. While it is only natural to want to get the best price, quality and service are extremely important when it comes to eye surgery. After an extensive comprehensive evaluation, we will make a recommendation as to which procedure and what the price will be.

We are aware of some centers advertising a very low, attention getting price which turns out to be far from the usual price the patient actually pays. There is no bait and switch in our office. We can provide you with a range of prices, but the specific price will depend on your particular circumstances.

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 4. How long does the procedure take?

The actually LASIK procedure only takes a few minutes per eye. However, we ask that you arrive one hour prior to your procedure to allow ample time for preparations.

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5. What is the recovery like?

Your vision will be a little blurry after the procedure, so it is important for you to have someone else drive you home. The time it takes for vision to completely clear varies depending on the degree of correction and other factors. Most people are able to resume normal sedentary activities the next day. More vigorous activities such as sports should be withheld longer. We will advise you on when you may resume driving.

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6. Are there any side effects?

After the procedure, you may experience some visual side effects. They are usually mild and diminish over time, but there is a slight chance that some, such as dryness, glare and halos won’t completely go away.

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7. Are any needles or blades used?

No, your eye is numbed with drops. The flap is created with the femptosecond laser, not a blade.

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8. Is LASIK painful?

During the procedure you may feel slight pressure, but not pain. Once the procedure is over, scratchiness, light sensitivity and watering is normal the first day. Over the counter products such as Tylenol are usually adequate.

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9.  Is LASIK considered safe?

The FDA recognizes LASIK as proven, safe and effective. The Excimer laser produces a “cool” beam that does not damage surrounding tissue. Many safeguards are in place to reduce the risk of error and the laser can be turned off by the surgeon at any moment. That is not to imply complications cannot occur. As with every surgical procedure, there are risks.

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10. What are the risks of LASIK?

Every surgical procedure has risks and LASIK is no different. While serious complications are rare, some people experience a loss of best vision, severe dry eye, halos or double vision. Some patients may also get an over correction or under correction. This may require an additional procedure to fix. This is not a complete list. Many of the risks and complications can be reduced or eliminated through careful patient selection and thorough pre-operative testing.

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11.  Where is it performed and how much experience do they have?

Dr. Taustine was one of the original partners in the Suburban Excimer Laser Center.  The Center has performed thousands of cases.

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12. What is “iLASIK”?

This refers to the most advanced technology utilizing the femptosecond laser to create the flap and the custom wavefront feature of the Excimer laser.

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13. What is the difference between the free screening exam and the preoperative comprehensive exam?

For patients who are unsure about vision correction, we offer a free screening exam. Your vision will be checked, information given about vision correction and your questions answered. For patients ready to proceed with surgery, the comprehensive exam is required.  This is an in depth exam with drops and other specialized tests to be sure you are a proper candidate. The exam takes around two hours and is charged as an exam. The full amount of the exam is credited towards the surgery.

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