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Frequently Asked Questions
About Laser Vision Correction (LVC)
What is Laser Vision Correction (LVC)?
Laser vision correction is a precise, computer
-controlled method of reshaping the cornea to
correct myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.
It is like actually shaping a personalized
contact lens specifically for your eye.
During the treatment, a computerized laser
reshapes layers of tissue in the middle of the cornea. As a result, the cornea is flattened (myopia) or steepened (hyperopia)
the prescribed amount so the eye can focus properly. The goal is to eliminate or reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
What is involved in the treatment?
A surgeon, who has been specially trained to
evaluate patients for LVC procedures, performs a comprehensive eye exam to gather the necessary information. During the procedure, the patient reclines in a comfortable chair while a series of drops are placed in the eyes to ensure that the patient feels no discomfort during the treatment.

The surgeon inserts an instrument (lid speculum) to keep the patient from blinking during treatment. After treatment, the PRK patient has a bandage soft contact lens placed on the treated eye, and is then free to go home. If the treatment is LASIK, no bandage lens is used. In all cases, patients must see their eye doctor for a one day post-op visit. You will enjoy your new vision the next morning following surgery, as the new tracking lasers (laser moves with you if you move during the treatment) require that the pupil be dilated,which blurs the vision for a few hours. Most patients can drive the following morning, and resume work in 2 days.
What is the difference between laser vision correction of near-sightedness (LASIK or PRK) and Radial Keratotomy (RK)?
Both are treatments for nearsightedness that
flatten the cornea allowing the eye to focus on
images properly. However, RK is a surgical
technique requiring the doctor to make a series of freehand incisions into the cornea.
In order to work properly the incisions must be cut to nearly 90% depth. On the other hand, laser correction (LASIK or PRK) is minimally invasive treatment requiring a corneal depth of only 10% to 20% (less than the thickness of a human hair) for effective treatment.The computer driven excimer laser precisely reshapes the surface of the cornea according to the patients specific prescription.

Will I be in pain?
The procedure is painless, though some patients may experience eye pressure during the procedure. Typically, patients experience some burning or a "gritty" feeling during the first 3-4 hours after LASIK.

What does the treatment cost? Will my
insurance pay for any part of the procedure?

Depending different insurance plans, the fee
both eyes starts at $3,600.These fees include the pre-operative consultation and post-operative care provided by your eye doctor, and any enhancements. The post-operative care involves a minimum of six visits including: 1 day po, 1 week po, 1 month po, 3 months po, 6 months po, and 1 year po. At this time, several insurance companies are reimbursing for laser vision correction, so be sure to ask your benefits coordinator.
Why do I have to be dilated for surgery?
In order for the tracking technology to work, it
has to have a unchanging reference point.
The tracker uses what we call the pupil/iris margin as its reference point and dilation allows it to stay still. If patients were not dilated, this margin could possibly change through out the surgery, which would not allow the tracker to accurately track the eye.
Who is a candidate for LVC?
The treatment is approved for patients who are 18 years or older. There is no upper age limit for a healthy eye. Your vision must be stable for at least one year, to minimize the chance of returning for an enhancement procedure. Your eyes must be healthy and your overall systemic health must also be taken into consideration. (For example, women who are pregnant or nursing should not have the procedure done, until after delivery.)
What are the side effects?
1. The most common initial reaction is a "halo" or haze effect. This may cause some glare around lights,especially at night. However, these problems are no more severe than what most initial contact lens wearers experience. The hazing normally disappears for most patients within the first few months after surgery.

2. Your eyes may require more artificial tears after surgery due to dry eyes. Dry eye evaluation and treatment will be included in your post-op surgical care.

3. Proper selection of patients is critical for a great outcome. Some patients should not have this surgery. If your cornea is too thin, and you have surgery, a condition called ectasia may develop, which distorts your vision. We will be sure that if you are offered surgery, you are not at an increased risk for this condition.

4. Permanent glare and halos can occur if your laser treatment area does not cover your entire pupil. Measurement of your pupil size will be done during your pre-operative consultation. Most lasers can cover even the largest pupils and track your minor eye movements, dramatically lowering this risk.

5. Any eye can develop a retinal detachment, cataracts, or
glaucoma, but none of these are known to result from LASIK.

6. The possible need for an enhancement or touch-up procedure
results from the variability in healing of elastic human tissue, from dry eyes, and when a patients prescription is larger than average. Overall, it is required in about 10% of patients who have LVC. The touch-up procedure is usually done at the 3-6 months post-op period.
How long does the treatment last? How long is the recovery from LVC?
The treatment will last approximately 10 minutes for each eye.
Candidates best suited for LVC tend to be patients who are dissatisfied with their glasses or contact lenses, given their occupation or recreational activities. However, only a qualified eye doctor trained in laser vision correction, can evaluate whether or not you are a suitable candidate for the surgery.The laser portion of the procedure will last for about 15-60 seconds, depending on the amount of correction required. Both eyes are usually treated at the same time, though this is the patients choice.Improvement is noted immediately following surgery and will continue to improve over 2-3 days following the procedure. For the first two weeks, no pool, spa, or Jacuzzi. You are required to wear protective shields when sleeping for the firstweek. Ladies are asked not to wear eye make-up for the first week
What is the success rate of the treatment?
Almost every patient is able to achieve the vision they presently enjoy with glasses or contacts. In fact, if you are not able to expect this outcome, you may not be considered a candidate for the procedure. Approximately10% of patients now ask for an enhancement procedure in the early post-operative period to refine their vision to its best potential, and there is no charge for this additional fine tuning. Most importantly, at the pre-operative consultation, doctors at the center will discuss with you what your expectations can be, depending on your eye health and amount of vision correction.
Do I need a driver on the day of surgery?
Yes. All patients are required to have a driver on the day of
surgery. As a result of the surgery and dilation,you will
experience some blurred vision, which would make it difficult to
drive home.You should also have someone drive you to your 1
day post-op appointment. At that visit, we will confirm that you
have achieved legal driving vision, then you are allowed to start
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