Commonly Asked Questions About LASIK Surgery
What Does LASIK Stand For?
LASIK is an acronym for laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis. During LASIK, a laser corrects the eyesight. This is by reshaping tissue under the cornea, which is the round dome at the front of the eye.
This allows light entering the eye to focus onto the retina creating clearer vision.
Why Does Someone Get LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a popular elective procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Most patients who get LASIK end up with 20/20 vision or better!
LASIK surgery is only FDA approved for adults who are 18 years of age or older. To undergo the procedure, you must schedule a LASIK consultation and be a good candidate.
Like any surgical procedure, not everyone can get LASIK. If you have conditions like glaucoma or cataracts, you may not be able to have LASIK. This is one reason why a LASIK consultation is important!
What Happens During LASIK?
Before the procedure begins, you’ll receive anesthetic numbing eye drops. These prevent you feeling any pain during LASIK!
After the numbing eye drops kick in, it’s time for the procedure to begin. It starts with your LASIK surgeon creating a flap in the cornea with the use of a femtosecond laser. Then the corneal tissue gets reshaped with a laser.
Using the computer-controlled laser, the doctor reshapes the cornea to improve your vision. To correct nearsightedness, the doctor flattens the cornea.
To correct farsightedness, the cornea is made steeper. For patients with astigmatism, the doctor uses the excimer laser. This smooths an irregular cornea into a normal shape.
The reshaping of the cornea is often completed in less than a minute. Once the corneal reshaping is completed, the doctor repositions the flap.
This adheres to the patient’s eye naturally and doesn’t need stitches!
What Is The Recovery Like?
After the surgery, most patients report improved vision right away. This improvement in vision will continue in the weeks following the surgery. Patients may resume driving as soon as they can see well enough to drive but cannot drive on the day of surgery. Many people also return to work the day after LASIK.
Doctors often recommend a patient take 2-3 days off to rest afterwards. Some people experience dry eyes, which can be treated with artificial tears and drops.
Another side effect can be experiencing halos or sunbursts around lights. This may occur most often at night, but it also disappears over time.
Patients do report improved vision immediately after surgery. Most go on to have 20/20 vision afterwards, if not better!
How Do I Know If LASIK Is Right For Me?
The first step towards LASIK is having a consultation with your eye physician. It’s important to talk about the procedure to determine if LASIK surgery is right for you.
You will need a complete eye examination and to discuss your medical history in full. If you are a good candidate, your physician will explain the procedure to you.
They will also go over what to expect before, during, and after surgery. If you decide to move forward with LASIK, your eyes will be photographed.
They are also electronically mapped with a machine called a corneal topographer. This will become the map your eye doctor will use during the surgery. It ensures the most precise procedure and successful results afterwards.
How Risky Is LASIK?
An estimated 10 million Americans have had LASIK surgery since 1999. It remains one of the most popular elective surgeries in the country.
LASIK has a 96% satisfaction rate with patients who have had it! As small as 1 percent of patients experience worsened vision instead of improvement.
You should only have LASIK if it’s performed by a board-certified ophthalmologist. All physicians at Huffman & Huffman, P.S.C. are board-certified.
How Much Does It Cost?
At Huffman and Huffman, we accept both private insurance and authorized Medicare benefits. Our billing/financial team will work with you before LASIK.
Is LASIK is an elective procedure, most insurance plans will not cover the procedure. We offer payment plans and will set up a plan for monthly payments based on your circumstances.
Please contact our billing department to get your billing and payment plans set up for LASIK. We also accept CareCredit and can help you apply for it.
CareCredit is a healthcare financing credit card, perfect for elective procedures like LASIK!
LASIK Services in Hazard, Kentucky
Have more questions about LASIK? Wondering if it could be right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation with one of our doctors at Huffman & Huffman, P.S.C. in Hazard, KY today!