Questions to Ask During Your LASIK Consultation

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 6-Mar-2015

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If clear vision is your goal in 2015, you may be wondering if LASIK is right for you.

Due to its success rate, LASIK laser eye surgery is a popular vision correction procedure among people with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The LASIK procedure can free you from dependence on prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. (Note: All LASIK patients do eventually require reading glasses after the age of 40.)

The best way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to schedule a LASIK consultation. You may have a lot of questions for your eye doctor about LASIK—and you should. Below are some of the most common questions patients ask us about LASIK laser eye surgery. Answers to some questions will depend on your individual vision problems and needs, and you should discuss these questions with your eye doctor during your consultation.

How do I know if LASIK is right for me? There are certain criteria to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. The ideal candidate for LASIK is 18 years of age or older, has healthy corneas and has experienced no significant change in their vision prescription in the last 12 months. People with certain medical conditions may not be good candidates for LASIK. A comprehensive and dilated eye exam is the only way to determine your candidacy for LASIK.

Will my vision improve with LASIK? LASIK is designed to treat certain eye conditions and refractive errors. Whether or not LASIK will work for you depends on the condition of your eyes. An extremely high percentage of LASIK patients achieve improved vision and are happy they had LASIK. You should have a frank discussion with your doctor about your suitability for LASIK and get a clear expectation of results.

Do any of my existing medical conditions or circumstances disqualify me? Some medical conditions may increase your risk of complications from LASIK surgery. Be sure to provide the laser eye surgeon with your complete medical history to evaluate your individual risks.

Will the procedure be painful? Be sure to ask what anesthetic will be used during the procedure, and let the doctors know if you have any allergies to particular anesthetic medications.

What should I expect after surgery? Everybody is different, and post-surgery experiences vary from patient to patient. Ask the doctor what things you might expect to experience following surgery.

What risks are involved? LASIK is an extremely safe eye surgery and the potential complications are few. But as with any surgery, there are some risks. The most common risks include flap complications, glare from bright lights, halos (rings around lights), light sensitivity, night driving glare and visual fluctuations. The least common is the risk of infection. Your individual risks and potential side effects will be discussed at the time of your consultation.

Do I have any alternative treatment options? In some cases, LASIK may not be the best choice to improve your vision. Ask about alternative treatment options, such as PRK (also called LASEK) or Vision ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens).

What are the fees associated with LASIK? Request a breakdown of fees, including preoperative measurements, examinations, surgical and facility costs, post-operative care and enhancement procedures.

For more frequently asked questions about LASIK, click here.

LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone, but millions of patients have undergone successful vision correction surgery with LASIK. To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact Key-Whitman to schedule a free consultation

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