Is LASIK painful?
This is one of the main questions we hear from patients. While you do remain awake during the procedure, we apply numbing eye drops into your eyes before we start the process to block any sensations that could be felt with our lasers. Of course, every person has their own unique threshold for discomfort, but most patients do not report that the process is painful. As we create the corneal flap (the first step of LASIK), you may feel a sensation of pressure on your eye. However, most of our patients are amazed at how little they feel and how quick the process really is.
How long does LASIK take?
The full LASIK procedure takes minutes, from the time you enter our LASIK suite until you go into the recovery area. While some patients start seeing more clearly immediately after the procedure, it may take a few days for your full vision results to be achieved.
What is the recovery time for LASIK?
Some patients are amazed when they leave our LASIK suite already seeing more clearly. However, for some patients, it takes a couple of days to recover. The healing process begins immediately after surgery so we recommend that you return home to rest after your procedure.
As your eyes undergo the healing process, you may feel a bit of discomfort. This can be reduced by using the medicated eye drops we prescribe or over-the-counter pain medications.
Most patients can return to normal, non-strenuous activities the very next day, although there may be some vision fluctuations as your eyes continue to heal and your vision stabilizes. It is important to keep your follow-up visits so your doctor can monitor your progress.
Is LASIK safe?
When performed under the right conditions, with advanced technologies and physician experience, LASIK is considered safe. In fact, the U.S. military has approved laser eye surgery for our troops, so this lends further credibility to the safety and effectiveness of LASIK.
That said, like any type of medical procedure, there are some risks or complications with LASIK. This is why our LASIK Consultation is so important: it allows Dr. Harish Raja to truly assess your eye health to predict that LASIK would be a safe procedure for your unique eyes. In general, LASIK has a less than 1% serious complication rate among experienced LASIK doctors.
Complications of LASIK can include:
- Starbursts, glare or haloes in low light environments
- Dry eyes
- Overcorrection or undercorrection
- Corneal flap complications
- Blurred vision
Is LASIK permanent, meaning I’ll never need glasses again?
While most patients can achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK in Miami, it is important to realize that your vision is constantly changing. As you grow older (over age 40), you will most likely need reading glasses to read due to a condition called presbyopia. This is a gradual stiffening of the eye lenses that makes it difficult to focus on things up close (restaurant menus, text messages, labels, etc.). There are different surgical methods to correct presbyopia. If you are experiencing this condition and are frustrated with reading glasses, contact us to learn about your treatment options.
What are the requirements for LASIK?
There are several conditions that must be met to be considered for LASIK:
- 18 years or older
- Stable vision prescription for at least one year
- Free of eye disease or other interfering vision conditions
- Proper corneal thickness
- Good overall health
- Realistic expectations
- Full understanding of the potential risks
The only way to know if you meet these requirements is by having a comprehensive LASIK Consultation with us. It’s free and will let you know for sure if this is a safe option for vision correction for you.
Is all LASIK the same?
No. When you are researching LASIK, you’ll come across a wide array of LASIK costs – some that may seem like a good deal. While the price of LASIK is a definite concern for many people, you don’t want to shop for the lowest price if it means sacrificing quality and the type of vision results that you will get with cheap LASIK in Miami. Demand to get satisfactory answers to your questions about:
- The surgeon’s training, experience and results
- Whether or not you will meet your doctor before your procedure day (and after)
- The type of technology being used
- Whether or not the low advertised price will apply to your vision prescription
- Additional hidden fees that will apply
- Inclusion or exclusion of enhancement surgeries and follow-up care
At MedEye Associates, we have invested in highly advanced, blade-free, custom LASIK technologies that provide our patients with the best vision results possible. That, coupled with Dr. Harish Raja’s expertise, are reasons to trust us for LASIK. All of our LASIK equipment is kept on-site in our LASIK suite and Dr. Raja personally performs all procedures. He meets with you before and after your procedure to ensure that all of your questions and concerns are answered.
What if I can’t afford LASIK?
We work very hard to make LASIK affordable for every patient that wants better vision. We accept CareCredit® financing and can help you learn how to apply. If you qualify, you could have LASIK with no money down and pay the procedure off over time with 0% interest financing for up to 36 months.
Can I have LASIK on both eyes at the same time?
Yes. This is called a bilateral LASIK procedure. You can choose to have the surgery on both eyes or just one eye at a time.
When can I wear makeup after LASIK?
Patients should wait 1-2 weeks before wearing makeup. We recommend that patients purchase new eye makeup to avoid infection.
If you have more questions about LASIK, contact us to schedule a free LASIK Consultation.