Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do people have LVC?
A: Self-improvement, clearer vision from the moment you wake up, enhanced active lifestyle, driving without the burden of eyeglasses, and freedom from irritating contact lenses.
Q: What results can be expected?
A: Most LVC patients with mild to moderate prescriptions can potentially achieve at or near 20/20 vision. Generally there is no need for eyeglasses or contact lenses to drive, play sports, watch movies or work. Many patients see dramatic improvement in their vision in a day, some in a few weeks.
Q: Who is a good candidate?
A: At least 18 years old, stable vision for at least one year in good health, healthy eyes free of diseases, scars, cataracts, corneal and retinal problems.
Q: How long will LVC take?
A: Key to success in our eye care center is the rigorous, mandatory pre-operative testing. This full ophthalmologic examination will take hours and may require several visits. We often repeat the same tests multiple times to ensure accuracy and stability. The procedure itself takes about 15 minutes of which, actual laser time is approximately 1 minute.
Q: What does the recovery process entail?
A: There may be minor discomfort a few hours after the surgery. We ask the patient to relax as much as possible for the remainder of the day. For many patients, clearer vision is noticeable the next day. With PRK and LASEK most patients return to work in 3-7 days and with the “bladeless” Femtosecond LASIK in 2-3 days.
Q: What are the risks?
A: Some potential complications include dry eyes, night glare, under/over correction, and loss of best-corrected vision. Critical to the best outcome is following post-operative instructions. Patients are required to have a full discussion of all risks and benefits with the doctor and staff.
Q: What is “bladeless” LASIK?
A: Breakthrough technology that has revolutionized the field of laser vision correction. The entire procedure can be performed with computerized precision. This “bladeless” no-cut, premium procedure gives precise accurate and predictable results with minimal complications and significantly faster recovery.
Q: What are the costs?
A: LVC is cost effective when compared to the lifelong expense of multiple eyeglasses, prescriptions, contact lenses and solutions. Their inherent upkeep can run well over $20,000 in a 20-year span whereas the average cost of laser vision correction is $1,800 per eye. These are your eyes; consider carefully the value you place on them.