LASIK Procedure FAQ
Below are common questions we hear from people interested in
LASIK. We recommend you ask these questions before you make a decision about
where to have your LASIK or whether LASIK is right for you. We invite
you to speak to a Key-Whitman counselor to get the answers to these and
all your questions about LASIK. Please give us a call today.
LASIK consultations are offered at our North Arlington, Plano, and Dallas
locations. Call us today.
How do I know if I am choosing the right surgeon?
Look at your surgeon's experience and reputation for excellence. Ask if
your eye surgeon is board-certificated in Ophthalmology to ensure your
physician has met the training and standards set by the American Board
of Ophthalmology. Additional certification in LASIK by the American Board
of Eye Surgeons shows specific proficiency in the LASIK surgical procedure.
How do I know if I'm a good candidate for LASIK?
A comprehensive and dilated eye exam is the only way to determine your
candidacy for LASIK. Like any procedure, LASIK is not for everyone because
each individual is different. 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.
What are the risks?
LASIK is an extremely safe eye surgery and the potential complications
are remote. But as with any surgery, there are some risks. The most common
ones being flap complications, glare and halos. We believe that using
the femtosecond laser reduces these risks. The least common is the risk
While there are many who benefit from LASIK, there are potential side effects
including glare from bright lights, halos (rings around lights), light
sensitivity, night driving glare, and visual fluctuation. Your individual
risks will be discussed at the time of your consultation. For more information
regarding the risks and benefits associated with the Wavelight® Refractive
Suite treatment, please visit
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What is the likelihood that I will experience dry eye after LASIK?
At least temporarily, it is very likely you will experience dryness after surgery.
For this reason it is critical that you choose a reputable surgeon who
will test and treat dry eyes prior to surgery and prescribe a treatment
regimen during your postoperative period. Chronic severe dry eyes may
eliminate your candidacy for LASIK surgery. Patients on anti-depressants
and antihistamines may have dryness due to their medications.
Does dry eye get better with time?
Yes, with the proper treatment from the doctor and careful compliance by
the patient, most dry eyes caused by surgery will diminish over time.
Supplements, medications and artificial tears and ointments will be recommended
to treat eye dryness.
Will I see halos or ghost images?
Ask if your eye surgeon will be using OptiLASIK™ with the Wavelight®
Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q laser. The Wavelight laser can preserve or
improve quality of vision in regards to glare and night driving glare.
In fact, it is the only laser with FDA claims stating these results. In
the case of myopia (nearsightedness) especially, there was an improvement
in glare from bright lights, light sensitivity, and in night driving glare
exhibited after the treatment.
During your early days of healing, there may be some sensitivity as a result
of healing. These symptoms are usually short lived and continue to get
better over the course of the healing time.
Will my night vision be affected?
Night vision is usually improved after laser eye surgery with the Wavelight®
laser. The laser uses a treatment zone that effectively treats your eye,
taking into account your eye's pupil diameter during bright and dim light
situations, while minimizing typical laser side-effects. Those patients
with excessively large pupils in dim light will be counseled about the
likelihood that glare sensitivities are increased in these situations
and will be counseled as to the expectations after surgery.
How soon after the LASIK procedure can I go to work?
Many people return to work the very next day, once they've been examined
at their one-day post op visit but healing varies by individual.
Will I need reading glasses after LASIK?
Once you reach the age of 40, you will probably require glasses for reading,
regardless of your choice to have LASIK. The need for reading glasses
is a function of the aging process. Ask your doctor about what other options
are available for patients over 40 to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness
and astigmatism. Find out about crystalens®, which is most often the
choice of patients who do not want to rely on glasses and contacts to
see near, far and in-between.
If LASIK is so safe, why do so many ophthalmologists still wear glasses?
Just as with any patient, some ophthalmologists may not be good candidates
for LASIK or they are not motivated to have a procedure.
Is there an age limit to when you should have LASIK?
18 years of age is generally considered the earliest time to do LASIK.
There is no upper age limit; however, ask your doctor about other options
that may offer more benefits if you are close to age 50 or older.