LASIK FAQs

Does LASIK hurt?

Most patients describe the sensation during LASIK as a slight pressure. At the start of the procedure, your surgeon will apply numbing drops, so there are no injections involved. You may be given oral relaxation medication beforehand. Most LASIK patients are back to regular routines the next day.

How does the procedure work?

LASIK is a two-step procedure. At Gulf Coast Eye Institute, we perform All-Laser LASIK. First, your surgeon will create a thin flap on the surface of your eye using the Victus femtosecond laser. Then, a Technolas excimer laser is used to reshape your cornea.

How long does LASIK take?

It only takes about 10 minutes to complete both eyes. Awesome, right?

Can I see during the procedure?

Yes, you will in fact be able to see. However, you will experience varying degrees of blurred vision during the actual procedure itself. Don’t worry! This is normal.

What happens if I blink while I’m having LASIK?

No worries! Blinking is actually stopped by the placement of an instrument called a lid speculum, which gently holds back your upper and lower eyelids and is put into place after you receive anesthetic drops.

How long is the recovery process?

It depends. Patients who are extremely nearsighted might take longer to recover than individuals who are only slightly nearsighted. Although many wake up the next day with near 20/20 vision, it is normal for patients with stronger prescriptions to take a little more time for their eyes to adjust. Most patients feel comfortable driving themselves to their next-day post-op visits.

Will my LASIK procedure “fade” over time?

No, it won’t. LASIK is a permanent change to the cornea, so it will not fade. However as the eye ages, vision problems that are unrelated to the corneal surface can still occur, namely presbyopia (over-40 vision) and cataracts. When we assess your vision, we will determine if All-Laser LASIK is right for you, or if you may benefit from one of our other advanced procedures.

I have heard some people experience dry eyes after surgery. Is this normal?

Experiencing dry eyes after LASIK is not uncommon. In most cases, symptoms of dryness go away after a few days with the use of your post-operative drops. Before you have LASIK at Gulf Coast, our doctors will perform a test to determine if you have dryness in your eyes. If you do, you will be given samples of drops and a prescription for drops to use a few days before your procedure to address this and to aid in your post-operative healing.

Could I possibly get cataracts from LASIK?

You cannot get cataracts from LASIK and LASIK will not be an obstacle if you find you need cataract surgery in the future.

Can LASIK correct astigmatism and farsightedness?

YES! We use All-Laser LASIK to treat patients with nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and even astigmatism.

Are there risks involved with LASIK?

As with any procedure, certain risks do exist. LASIK complications are extremely rare. During your free screening, our team will explain the risks associated with your procedure, so you can make an informed decision.

Which LASIK surgery is the safest?

In our surgeons’ opinions, the safest procedure available in LASIK laser vision correction is All-Laser LASIK, that we offer at Gulf Coast Eye Institute.

What kind of lasers do you use?

We use the Victus Femtosecond Laser to create the corneal flap and Zyoptix Excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Both of these highly advanced lasers are Bausch & Lomb lasers that are popular choices of top LASIK specialists around the world.

How long has LASIK surgery been performed?

LASIK was approved for use by the FDA in October of 1995.

Is LASIK covered by my insurance?

Because LASIK is considered by most insurance companies to be an elective surgery, they most likely will not cover the procedure. Our staff, however, is more than happy to review your employer’s insurance policy to see if LASIK or a LASIK discount may be covered. We also work to help our patients finance their procedure to develop a comfortable payment plan with affordable monthly payments.

What is the cost of LASIK?

The cost of LASIK is based on several factors, including your specific prescription and the degree of astigmatism possibly found during your exam. This is something we can most accurately determine during your free LASIK screening.

Is LASIK suitable for everyone?

Since a person’s eyes do not fully stabilize until their late teens or early 20s, it is required that patients be at least 18 years of age and have a steady eye prescription that hasn’t changed for over a year. Of course there are some medical conditions that can possibly interfere with the procedure so it is recommended that you learn from your doctor if you are an ideal candidate. If the doctors determine that LASIK is not your best option, they may recommend one of our other vision correction procedures.

I want LASIK on both eyes, can I get them done at the same time?

Absolutely! Although there is no extra charge for choosing to have separate procedures, most patients like the convenience of getting both eyes done at the same time.

I am farsighted and have astigmatism, can that be fixed?

Yes! Contrary to rumors you may have heard, for most patients today, All-Laser LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

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