Am I a candidate for LASIK in Louisville, Kentucky?
The decision to have laser vision correction depends on the results of a thorough pre-operative evaluation. Just as you are a unique individual, each eye requires a unique and careful examination with the best technology.
It is important to understand that not everyone is a suitable candidate for LASIK. Some basic requirements include:
- A stable eyeglass prescription for at least two years.
- The best-corrected vision of at least 20/40.
- No active eye disease.
- Over 18 years old.
How safe is LASIK?
The FDA has approved LASIK as a safe and effective procedure. It is important, however, to remember that LASIK is not the right choice for everybody. Some people are not appropriate candidates, and if treated could have less than optimal results. It is important that you receive a thorough pre-operative evaluation to determine if LASIK is right for you. At Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers, we offer complimentary evaluations for all LASIK candidates. Contact one of our Vision Correction team members for further details.
For more information, visit the FDA’s LASIK information pages.
Does LASIK hurt?
LASIK is considered a relatively painless procedure. While anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eye, some patients do report feeling a slight pressure during the procedure, but no real pain. We offer a mild sedative to help ease your anxiety, and our experienced team will be at your side throughout the process to ensure your comfort.
How long does the procedure take?
The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. However, you should plan on being at the surgery center for approximately an hour-and-a-half to two hours on your day of surgery.
Are both eyes treated the same day?
Most patients who undergo laser vision correction have the procedure on both eyes the same day. However, the procedure can be performed one eye at a time as well.
How soon after the surgery will I be able to see?
Visual recovery varies from patient to patient, however, most wake up the next morning with dramatically improved vision, with legal driving vision or better, and often return to work the very next day. One of the most exciting advantages of the LASIK procedure is that clear vision comes in quickly.
How long will the effect of LASIK last?
In most cases, the treatment effect of laser vision correction is permanent, especially if your eyeglass prescription was stable before treatment. If there is something in your genetics that says your prescription will change in the future, having surgery now will not prevent that from occurring. This change is very uncommon. If necessary, you may be able to receive an enhancement.
LASIK also will not affect the normal aging process of your eyes. So, as most people do when they get older, you may need reading glasses to correct presbyopia. In addition, you could develop cataracts, glaucoma or other unrelated eye problems as you age.
Are there any restrictions after laser vision correction?
Most normal activities can be resumed the day after your surgery. However, it is important to keep your eyes free from irritation, and that you not rub your eyes. You will be asked not to wear eye make-up, swim or engage in any contact sport or other activity that may cause injury to your eyes for a period of time. Your Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers Vision Correction counselor will review the specific restrictions during your consultation.
Can you work with my regular eye doctor?
In order to make the process of care as comfortable as possible for you, we offer to co-manage with your current optometrist. In this case, you may have your pre-operative evaluation, treatment and one-day post-op visit at Bennett & Bloom Eye Centers with the balance of your post-op care provided by your personal eye doctor.
What are the risks of laser vision correction?
No surgical procedure is without risks. Long term sight-threatening complications from ASA and LASIK are very uncommon. The chance of having a serious vision-threatening complication is well below 1 percent. Understanding potential risks allow you to make an informed decision before undergoing laser vision correction. We will discuss potential risks in greater detail and answer any questions you may have during your evaluation.