does LASIK mean?
is an acronym for the scientific term for the procedure. That
“laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.”
is a type of eye surgery that corrects refractive aberrations
cornea. A trained surgeon cuts a flap in your corneal tissue and
the corneas of your eyes to correct deficiencies and improve your
there any risks?
effects and complications do occasionally occur, however they
rare. No surgery is foolproof, so there is a small risk involved.
most frequently occurring complications include dry eyes or inflammation,
under or over correction, and vision loss. Surgeons do their best
these risks by screening for the appropriate candidates. Patients
certain conditions like diabetes or an immunodeficiency condition
increased risks. If you are concerned about your personal risk
ophthalmologist should be able to provide you with more information.
much will LASIK cost?
the procedure becomes more common, the price of LASIK is going
surgery may cost anywhere from $1000 to $3000 per eye depending
surgeon you choose, the method you choose, and the pre and post-operation
my medical insurance cover LASIK surgery?
LASIK is a voluntary procedure for most people, the majority of
insurance providers still consider it an elective or cosmetic
is gaining recognition as a viable alternative to glasses or contact
and in Europe most insurance companies do cover it, but in the
the surgery is rarely considered necessary enough to qualify for
Because LASIK is so rarely covered by insurance, most clinics
services offer a variety of payment plans.
LASIK work for everyone?
is not yet approved to treat all conditions. Furthermore, patients
with certain structural abnormalities of the eye like enlarged
thin corneas have an increased risk of complications. Consult
with a surgeon
to see if there is a procedure that will work for you.
I feel any pain during or after LASIK?
surgery is accompanied by a minimum of pain. During the surgery,
patients register anything above minor discomfort. Before entering
operating room, the surgeon will anesthetize your eyes via eye
drops and may
administer a light sedative to keep you relaxed. Immediately after
you might have a dull soreness in your eyes as they adjust, but
usually effectively treated with little more than an over the
counter painkiller like Tylenol or Aleve.
many LASIK procedures are there?
the technology advances, more and more procedures are being approved.
Currently there are over a dozen FDA-approved forms of LASIK surgery.
of the newest procedures include IntraLase, frequently called
laser” procedure because it uses a bladeless femtosecond
laser to cut the
corneal flap in place of the traditional microkeratome instrument.
LASIK procedure that is gaining in popularity is photorefractive
(or PRK), which removes the outer layer of cells from the eye
reshaping the cornea.
you still have questions about LASIK eye surgery, its risks, and
benefits speak with your ophthalmologist or a qualified LASIK
directly. Additional statistical information is available on the
and Drug Administration’s official website for LASIK at