Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
Generally, LASIK candidates must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years of age or older.
- A stable prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
- Have healthy eyes.
During your free LASIK consultation with Cornea Associates of Texas, we will confirm your candidacy, explain the procedure, and answer your questions - allowing you to make an informed decision. We will also explain what results you can reasonably expect.
In addition, please be aware that if you're not a LASIK candidate now, you may become one in the future. For more information on LASIK, contact us in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas, today.
Will my vision be perfect after LASIK surgery?
The degree of improvement varies among individuals, but LASIK has proven overwhelmingly successful in reducing dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Cornea Associates of Texas' experience has found LASIK laser vision correction to have an impressive record, with 98 percent of patients achieving better than 20/40 vision. Most patients recover 20/20 Vision. This means people can drive legally, play sports and pursue a profession, such as law enforcement or with the fire department, without glasses or contacts.
Will my vision be corrected forever by LASIK?
People often ask how long the benefits of their procedures will last. The first nearsighted patient ever treated with laser vision correction in the United States was in 1987. That patient achieved 20/20 vision following treatment and is still 20/20 nearly 2 decades later.
Can both my eyes have LASIK surgery on the same day?
More than 97 percent of our patients have both eyes done on the same day. The solution that is best for you will be discussed during initial LASIK consultation at our office in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas.
What does the cost of LASIK cover?
The fee for LASIK covers the following services:
- The initial evaluation and comprehensive examination to prepare for LASIK surgery.
- The laser procedure including the facility fee for use of the laser equipment.
- Post-procedure care, including eye care examinations for the next 12-months.
- Enhancement procedures necessary to improve the results of LASIK are covered for 1 year.
Is LASIK covered by insurance or flexible benefits programs?
Most insurance companies do not cover LASIK, but we encourage you to check with your provider. Flexible benefits program often cover the cost.
Will there be any pain during LASIK surgery?
The LASIK procedure is generally painless. There are no needles. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye before surgery. Most patients do report feeling a slight sensation of pressure on the eye during the procedure, while some experience minor irritation the first evening after LASIK surgery. It is highly unusual to have any significant discomfort on the second day. Some patients may notice dryness with lengthy visual tasks such as reading, computer work or watching television. For more information on LASIK, contact us in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas, today.
What about the long-term effects of LASIK eye surgery?
The FDA-approved excimer laser has been used around the world since the 1980s. Many clinical studies investigating the long-term effects of the excimer laser on the cornea have been performed, and all have said that the excimer laser causes no long-term, negative effects.
Are there any risks involved with LASIK?
It is essential that you understand the risks associated with the LASIK procedure. The chance of having any vision-reducing complication has been documented in a number of clinical studies to be less than one percent. However, there has never been a reported case of blindness resulting from LASIK surgery. The possible risks of LASIK include minor irritation, infection, glare at night and light sensitivity. Most of these problems resolve themselves quickly and as the eye heals. To learn more about LASIK, contact us in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas, today.
What's the difference between LASIK and PRK?
LASIK and PRK are effective laser procedures for vision correction. Most doctors and patients prefer LASIK over PRK for the following reasons:
- Faster visual recovery; less risk of discomfort after surgery
- Fewer post-operative visits
- Less risk of infection, corneal haze, or scarring
- Less need for anti-inflammatory eye drops.
LASIK can be used to treat a wider range of prescriptions, because the surface of the cornea (epithelium) is preserved. PRK operates on the corneal surface. Accordingly, PRK takes longer to heal. PRK is useful for lower degrees of myopia.
How long after the LASIK procedure before I can see clearly without glasses or contacts?
Although the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns, most LASIK patients see quite well the following day.
Why should I choose Cornea Associates of Texas?
Simply put, we are specialists in the field of corneal medicine and surgery. We have advanced training and skills in this area. Our experience will serve you well. For more information on LASIK, contact us in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas, today.
How can I get the latest information?
To find out more about laser vision correction, feel free to call us at Dallas 866-790-3510, Fort Worth 817-850-9282 or through our contact form. We will be happy to schedule you a free LASIK evaluation at our location in either Dallas or Fort Worth. We look forward to meeting you!