Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good candidate for LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery can treat a very broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The best way to determine who is a good candidate is with a thorough eye exam. Candidates must be 21 years of age or older, in good general health, and have good eye health with no diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma. Click here for more information on LASIK candidacy

Are LASIK and PRK FDA approved?

Yes, the LASIK procedure is FDA approved.

Is LASIK Painful?

During the LASIK procedure, there is no pain. Instead, there is a sensation of firm pressure for just 8 to 10 seconds while the corneal flap is being created. Following the procedure, patients may experience some mild scratchiness that is relieved by the use of artificial tears and several hours of rest. There is no discomfort at all during the PRK procedure. Following the procedure, you may experience a gritty sensation with some mild to moderate discomfort which we alleviate by putting in a contact lens and giving you anesthetic drops and pain medication to use during the first 24 hours in the event of severe discomfort. All discomfort should be completely resolved within 2-3 days as the surface layer fills in to cover the exposed area. All discomfort should be completely resolved within 2-3 days except in the rarest of cases.

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Most patients undergoing LASIK and PRK prefer to have both eyes treated on the same day since it is more convenient for them, however this is a decision entirely between the patient and the doctor.

Will I be awake as the procedure is being performed?

Yes. Your eye doctor will ask you to look at a blinking light within the laser during the procedure. This will ensure that the laser treatment will be centered properly over the center of your vision during the treatment.

When can I go back to work?

Most patients will be able to return to their normal activities within a few days as long as they work in a

How long do I have to wait before I can take a bath or shower after procedure?

You can shower or bathe the day after procedure. Avoid getting soap or water in the eyes or immersing in the ocean, in a pool or in a Jacuzzi for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

When can I wear eye makeup after procedure?

It is a good idea to buy new mascara after procedure to avoid infection and it is best to wait 1 week before using eye makeup.

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