Frequently Asked Questions + LASIK For Life Program

1.   Has laser vision correction technology changed over the years?

Laser vision correction has evolved over the past two decades, most recently with the use of Wavefront technology and laser created flaps (bladeless LASIK). These new technologies have increased safety to a new level in the laser vision correction industry. They have also significantly improved visual results.

2.   Is LASIK or PRK painful? 

LASIK and PRK are not painful procedures. Eye drops that numb the eye are given before, during, and after the procedure. There is a sensation of pressure during the LASIK flap procedure, but it is not uncomfortable. After surgery, there is some mild discomfort with LASIK that lasts a day or two. PRK patients experience a little more discomfort after the procedure because the front surface of the eye is involved. A clear bandage contact lens and soothing eye drops along with oral medications makes the recovery process for PRK easier on the patient.

3.  Am I awake during LASIK or PRK?

Yes, you will remain awake but will have a prescription for Valium. You need to remain awake during LASIK or PRK so you can follow fixation instructions from the surgeon.

4.   Will my eyes be patched?

No.  Patients are advised not to rub their eyes and to not squeeze or squint.  All patients are seen the day after surgery for follow-up care.

5.   How soon after LASIK will I see well?

Each patient is different.  How well and how quickly your vision improves depends on how well you heal and your prescription.  Many patients notice a dramatic improvement within a very short time period.

6.   Will I end up with 20/20 vision?

While no one can promise a patient 20/20 vision after LASIK or PRK, most patients with mild to moderate prescriptions are within one to two lines of 20/20 vision on the eye chart.

7.   How soon after LASIK can I return to driving, work, take a shower, or participate in sports?

Your surgeon will advise you as to the best time frame needed before resuming your activities. Generally speaking, you should not drive the day of your surgery, but after that, you may drive when you feel confident that your visual acuity and eye comfort allow you to drive safely. Other general time frames for returning to various activities after surgery are: Returning to Work, one day; Showering, two days; Using Make-up, 1-2 weeks; Non-Contact Sports, 1-3 days; Contact Sports, 1 month; and Swimming, 2 weeks.

8.   Will I need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK?

Before proceeding with LASIK, it is important that your expectations are realistic.  The most common expectation is to be completely free of glasses or contact lenses.  The best approach is to think  of your laser vision correction as a procedure that reduces your dependence on glasses or contacts.  Results vary for each patient.  Your OPI doctor will discuss with you the possibilities and expectations specific to your vision needs and procedure.

9.   Is the effect of LASIK or PRK permanent?

Yes. Following an initial healing period, the effect of the treatment is permanent. While most patients achieve fully corrected vision within one procedure, some may require and enhancement to complete their correction. Enhancement procedures are usually performed once a patient’s vision has stabilized. Your eye doctor will work closely with you in follow-up visits to determine if additional enhancements are needed.

10.  How many times do I need to be seen following my LASIK procedure?

Follow-up care is just as important to your results as the actual LASIK or PRK procedure. Periodic exams are required to monitor how well you are healing, protect against infection, and measure your visual progress. We strongly recommend a complete eye exam, including dilation, at least once a year.

 

LASIK FOR LIFE PROGRAM

 

Our LASIK for Life program includes free enhancements for life at our surgery facility, LVC, Lasik Vision Centers of Cleveland.

 

Eligibility requirements

  • Vision must be 20/40 or worse to qualify for an enhancement
  • Must complete all post-operative appointments
  • Must have annual exams with eye care provider/LVC Affiliated doctor after your procedure
  • Enhancement surgery must be medically appropriate and safe

 

LVC does not provide annual eye exams and Lasik for Life requires that you visit your eye care professional for an annual exam as part of good eye health practices. The eye care provider must be an LVC Affiliate doctor.

 

If a patient desires an enhancement and the above eligibility requirements are met, the patient will be re-treated at no additional cost. Any changes in vision must be documented by the patient’s eye doctor prior to returning to LVC for an evaluation. Re-treatment must be related to the natural changes in nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.

 

Exclusions:

  • Patients who have failed to complete all post-operative appointments or annual exams
  • Patients whose loss of vision is related to disease, trauma, cataract formation, or cataract surgery
  • Patients for whom further surgery is not medically advisable

 

Every patient is automatically enrolled in our Lasik for Life program. If an enhancement is necessary, a consult at LVC will determine eligibility for further surgery.

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