LASIK is remarkably safe. Dr. Coleman and his team have a thorough pre-operative evaluation protocol, a rigorous planning process, and multiple levels of safety built-in during the laser procedure itself. It is impossible for almost 30 million procedures to have been done worldwide without a proven safety profile, and highly predictable results. The primary side effect you may experience after LASIK is temporary dry eye. Because the corneal nerves are disrupted when making the flap, it takes a few months for these to heal and function normally again. So, it is generally necessary for you to use lubricating eye drops for a few months afterward. Occasionally, this dryness may lead you to see more glare at night, or experience a little cloudy or foggy vision while working on the computer for an extended period each day. But there is nothing wrong with the LASIK, and these side effects usually resolve after a few weeks. If you have other questions about risks or side effects, we’ll cover each specific question with you during your consultation and informed consent process.
Is LASIK safe?
How much is LASIK and what will the fee cover?
The usual and customary fee for LASIK is currently $2,450 per eye, $4,900 total. This fee covers the cost of the LASIK procedure and 90 days of postoperative care. All visits beyond the 90-day postoperative period will incur your optometrist’s customary fees. This fee also covers an automatic enrollment into our Lifetime LASIK Program.
Full payment must be made prior to your LASIK treatment. For patients paying by check, credit card or cash, ILC will offer a prompt pay discount bringing the cost to $2,200 per eye, $4,400 total.
No other offers or promotions will be applied or stacked on an existing discount.
How long should I be out of contacts before LASIK?
Many people who wear contact lenses have been wearing them for years, for prolonged periods, and sometimes even sleep in them. As a result, it’s difficult to determine exactly what condition your corneas are in until we see you for your consultation. Generally, with soft daily wear contacts, you’ll only need to be out of them for 5 days prior to your preoperative evaluation and 48 hours before your LASIK procedure. With hard contact lenses, the rule of thumb is 4-6 weeks, but this varies from patient to patient. We’ll tell you exactly when we see you for your consultation.
Is 20/20 vision guaranteed after LASIK?
LASIK is a highly accurate procedure, with over 28 million procedures performed worldwide. So while the LASIK procedure is highly accurate, what prevents a guarantee of 20/20 vision is your individual healing. The human cornea is living tissue, and if your healing response is a little more or a little less than expected, there is a slight chance you’ll need a touch-up procedure, called an enhancement. Following your doctor’s directions and drop regimen will help you to have a great outcome.
How long do LASIK results last?
LASIK is a permanent modification to the cornea’s shape that will last a lifetime.
How long will I be off work?
Most patients are off work only the day of the procedure. We ask you to go home afterward and relax, ideally taking a long nap. The next day, you are generally seeing well enough to drive yourself into the office for your post-op visit. Some work environments, if especially dusty, windy or underwater, will require a longer time off. Ask us if you have specific concerns about your profession or travel and activity restraints.
PRK patients will undergo a longer healing process and vision may continue to be blurry for the first few days. This will usually stabilize after the first few weeks. With the PRK, your eyes may continue to tear, have a “foreign body” sensation, or be sensitive to light. An over the counter pain reliever may be used if the patient encounters any discomfort. Normal activities may be resumed after the first week; however, you should avoid swimming or tanning beds for two weeks and refrain from swimming and water activities, in oceans or natural bodies of water, for six weeks.
Will I need reading glasses after the procedure?
Your eyes continue to age and the lens inside your eye will go through two significant changes. First, the lens will become less flexible, on average around age 45, you’ll experience presbyopia (difficulty reading up close). Second, the lens will become cloudy over time, probably in your sixties or seventies, and you’ll experience vision problems due to cataracts. These conditions will occur, regardless of whether you have LASIK or not. We encourage people considering LASIK to do it as soon as possible so you get the maximum benefit from years of glasses-free vision.
Will I ever need to see an optometrist after LASIK?
As part of the Lifetime LASIK Program, ILC encourages each patient to visit their optometrist on a annual basis to maintain your ocular health. You will receive your Lifetime LASIK Program passport from Indiana LASIK Centers the day of your procedure. The program booklet allows you and your optometrist to easily track your follow-up care; providing you the eligibility reassurance and a lifetime of great vision.