Dr. Mariano Answers Your FAQs About LASIK!
Imagine being able to see the Land of 10,000 Lakes to its fullest potential. As one of the region’s only practices to offer blade-free LASIK, we have state-of-the-art technology to provide the procedure to those who never thought it was possible.
Dr. Mariano uses the IntraLase method for LASIK procedures because it offers a 100% blade-free approach using a computer-guided laser. IntraLase is a highly accurate method, allowing the doctor more control to tailor the procedure and create a customized outcome and over 5 million procedures have been performed safely and effectively using this technology!
If you’re considering LASIK, Dr. Mariano has compiled a list of FAQs he receives to help you understand the LASIK process and procedure. At Bonner Eye Clinic, our goal is to provide you with the vision procedure that is right for you!
How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
We recommend you come in for a free evaluation at Bonner Eye. Our refractive counselor and staff will discuss your particular situation and help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.
Are all patients who wear glasses and contacts candidates for LASIK?
Most patients who wear glasses are good candidates for LASIK. Patients with virtually every degree of nearsightedness are enjoying good outcomes with LASIK. We are able to treat mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
What is custom LASIK?
Custom LASIK is a procedure that involves the use of a Wavefront analyzer and enables Dr. Mariano to customize the conventional LASIK procedure unique to your individual eyes. This customized procedure can result in patients seeing clearer and sharper than ever before.
What are the differences between custom LASIK and Conventional LASIK?
Custom LASIK uses a tool called the Wavefront analyzer to accurately measure the way light travels through your eye. The resulting map of your eye is then programmed into the laser, and the laser treats your eye based upon that personalized 3D map. Custom LASIK helps to treat “higher-order aberrations,” which are tiny imperfections in the eye. These aberrations have significant effects on your quality of vision and have not been previously treatable with contacts, glasses or conventional LASIK.
How will I know what procedure I need to have?
Everyone’s eyes are very different so it is best to schedule a free consultation with us and together we can determine what procedure best fits your individual needs.
What are the risks of refractive surgery?
We can discuss with you the benefits, risks, and side-effects of the surgery, and what you may be able to expect from the procedure. 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.
How much work will I miss?
Most patients return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. The refractive counselor can give you more details on what you can expect when you come in for an evaluation.
Will the LASIK procedure hurt?
Most laser vision correction patients find LASIK surgery to be slightly uncomfortable but not painful. Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye just before LASIK surgery begins, and you may also be given a mild sedative to help you relax. After your LASIK surgery, your eye may feel a foreign body sensation or irritation for a few hours, but most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap. You will be given drops for your eyes to counteract any dryness you may experience in the days following the surgery.
How long does it take to do LASIK?
The actual procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Depending on your prescription, and the amount of correction needed, the laser itself only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision. However, you should plan on being in the office for approximately an hour-and-a-half on your day of surgery.
What kind of vision can I expect the day after surgery?
Many patients notice improved vision immediately after the procedure. Most patients are functional without their corrective lenses at the one-day post-operative exam. Patients continue to see a gradual increase in their visual acuity during the first five to seven days after the procedure.
What does LASIK cost?
The price of a LASIK procedure is highly sensitive to the type of technology recommended for your specific condition. The fee you pay includes the procedure itself and post-operative visits for 1 year. Financing options and various insurance discounts may be available to you. We can discuss pricing further during your initial consultation.
Do you have financing plans?
There are various financing plans available, including Care Credit with interest free financing for up to 24 months, and we’ll work with you to develop a flexible payment plan to meet your requirements. Our counselors will be happy to go over the details with you when you come in for your free evaluation.
Does insurance cover refractive surgery?
Most insurance companies consider refractive surgery an elective surgery and it is not usually a covered benefit. However, it is certainly worth checking with your insurance company and we encourage you to call them.