FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I have perfect vision after the procedure, will I still need glasses?
Experience over the past eleven years has shown us that Laser Vision Correction has been overwhelmingly successful in eliminating of reducing nearsightedness farsightedness and astigmatism. The degree of improvement varies from one individual to another. Overall 98% of typical patients achieve 20/40 vision or better after one procedure (before any enhancements). These people can therefore legally drive, join fire or police departments and play most sports without correction. Upwards of 75% of patients achieve 20/20 uncorrected vision after one procedure. In the majority of cases the need of glasses or contact lenses is eliminated and for the smaller percentage the dependency on correction is drastically reduced, for example to driving at night or sharpening their view of the scoreboard at a ballgame. If eyeglasses are need, the profile of the lens will be very thing.
What is an enhancement and how often is it necessary?
An enhancement is a second procedure to further improve the result if your vision is not subjectively acceptable. The general incidence of enhancement overall is 10%. With mild corrections approximately 2% and greater in patients with extreme corrections.
Will I be able to see right away?
In most cases our patients are back to work within 3 days after the procedure. As each individuals healing response is different it may take several days for your vision or become clear enough to drive. Lasik post-operative recovery is often fast enough allowing the patient to drive within 24 hours. While PRK recovery might take a few more days since it requires a longer healing time. This is why Lasik is rapidly becoming the procedure of choice amongst eye care practitioners.
What is the range of corrections that the laser can treat?
Nearsightedness (Myopia) up to –13.00 diopters, Astigmatism up to 6.00 diopters and Farsightedness (Hyperopia) up to +4.00 diopters are currently within the treatment range of approved FDA lasers in the United States.
When can I exercise after surgery?
Strenuous exercise or heavy weight lifting should be avoided from 2-4 weeks after surgery. Other non-contact sports can be resumed as soon as you feel comfortable and confident to participate.
How soon can I fly in an airplane?
You may fly immediately following Laser vision correction.
How long after Laser correction can I wear makeup?
As soon as you comfortable applying it you can use makeup sparingly always being careful to avoid getting it into your eyes. It highly recommend that you use all new eye makeup to avoid potential eye infections.
How soon can I swim after Laser surgery?
Avoid swimming pools for two weeks and hot tubs, lakes, oceans and ponds for one month. Try your best to avoid getting water into your eyes the first month after the procedure.
Can I scuba dive or snorkel following surgery?
You need to wait one month before you begin these activities, always check with the doctor first.
Can I wear contact lenses if needed after Laser surgery?
Yes you can, this is not like RK (Radial Keratotomy) in which the cornea was left scared and in many cases distorted. After Laser Vision correction the surface of the cornea is smooth and the cornea is not weakened or structurally compromised.
What are the long-term effects of the procedure?
The Laser has been used in refractive eye surgery since the late 1980's, there have been with no exeptions any findings, of long term negative effects on the integrity of the eye after numerous reported clinical studies, inclusive of FDA reports.The correction achieved with both PRK and Lasik appears to be long lasting and very little change is seen after years of follow up studies.The vision you achieve post procedure is generally the vision you will keep for life, barring any changes that would have taken place if you did not have Laser Vision Correction.