LASIK & PRK FAQs
LASIK Frequently asked questions:
- What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser in situ Keratomileusis. Essentially, LASIK is a method of correcting the optical power of the eye by reshaping the cornea. LASIK can be a very effective treatment for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and some levels of astigmatism.
- How long will my results last?
Research done in this country so far tells us that LASIK is a permanent procedure. In some instances, however, patients will need to have an enhancement – this is where the surgeon has to repeat the procedure to obtain satisfactory results. Due to the expertise and careful planning of our surgeons and staff, we have an extremely low enhancement rate.
- Will my insurance cover LASIK?
LASIK is considered an elective procedure so most medical insurance companies do not cover LASIK at all. Some vision insurance companies offer a discount, though, so it would be wise to check with your insurance provider about your policy. If you have further questions about your insurance, please feel free to ask a member of our LASIK team.
- Is the procedure painful?
Drops are given to numb the eye, so most patients report that LASIK is a painless procedure. Although, some patients do experience minor discomfort from the pressure sensation felt during the creation of the flap.
- How long before I can return to work/school/other activities?
Most patients resume normal activities within a day of having LASIK surgery. We ask that you clear your schedule for the day of surgery and consider taking the following day off from work to rest. However, many of our patients do successfully return to work the day after their LASIK surgery. You will likely need to wait one week before returning to activities such as high intensity exercising, swimming, and outdoor sports. If you have concerns about specific activities, please ask a member of our LASIK team.
- How do I know if I am choosing the right practice for my LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical procedure that requires a high level of skill and experience. Not only should your surgeon be Board Certified in ophthalmology and a Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, but he should also leave you with a feeling of comfort upon confidently addressing all concerns. Dr. Pramanik believes in offering the most premium service possible, so your LASIK procedure will be CustomVue Blade-Free iLASIK.