Laser Vision Correction Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
Because the cornea is numbed or anesthetized with a topical drop, patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure. Some patients experience a gritty, scratchy sensation and sensitivity to light for
– LASIK/SMILE: 24-28 hours (light sensitivity may continue for some patients for 4-6 weeks)
We ask everyone to go home and take a nap immediately after his or her procedure. For any discomfort that remains after your nap, Advil or Tylenol is usually sufficient.
– LASEK: 3-4 few days (light sensitivity may continue for some patients for 4-6 weeks)
When will I be able to see and return to work, drive and normal activities?
Each patient experiences an individual pace of recovery, so be sure to ask the Doctor during your consultation for clear expectations. Many patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision and have functional vision the very next day. For women, eye makeup cannot be worn for one week and they should purchase new mascara. Swimming or contact sports such as basketball or racquetball should be delayed for two weeks.
– LASIK/SMILE: Most patients resume normal activities within 24 hours. Full visual results are typically reached in 1 to 7 days and continue to improve in two weeks.
– LASEK: Full visual results are typically reached within 1 to 3 months, and can continue to improve past 6 months. Most patients can resume most normal activities such as driving and working within 4-5 days. There are rare cases where some patients experience a delayed recovery and do not feel comfortable driving or working for a longer period of time (in extreme cases up to 2-3 weeks). Please be aware when planning your procedure.
Certain prescriptions such as farsighted or high astigmatism usually experience a prolonged recovery.
Are there any risks?
As with any surgery, laser vision correction involves a degree of risk. Dr. Vold gives patients the information regarding those risks and answers any questions that they may have. Results of clinical studies indicate that the chances of having a vision-reducing complication are less than 1 percent. Recent studies have suggested that Laser Vision Correction is safer than contact lens wear.
Will Laser Vision Correction Work on Me?
If you are over 21 with healthy eyes, have a stable prescription and are not pregnant or breastfeeding, you are probably a great candidate for Laser Vision Correction. Our laser corrects the highest prescription range in the region as well as astigmatism, so even if you were told that you were not a candidate in the past or at another center, you may be able to have Laser Vision Correction at Vold Vision.
Will I need to wear glasses after?
Most patients who have undergone Advanced Laser Vision Correction at Vold Vision Center no longer need glasses for their daily activities. However, if you’re over 40 and did not elect for MonoVision or the Raindrop procedure, in most cases you will need reading glasses because of the natural aging process of the eye. This condition, presbyopia, occurs as you get older.
How Long does Laser Vision Correction Last? Do you ever need to have it again?
Laser Vision Correction corrects your current prescription, so it should be expected to last until there is a vision change – such as a cataract or the natural aging process of the eye (this condition, presbyopia, typically occurs in your mid 40s) when you may need reading glasses. There are other forms of correction that can be offered at that time. You do not typically need Laser Vision Correction a second time – however, should you need a ‘touch-up’ or enhancement it is complimentary the first year after your procedure, and on a discount schedule after that. This is almost never necessary and typically occurs if a patient has not followed their instructions or taken their drops diligently.
What is the Difference between LASIK, SMILE and LASEK?
LASIK: A flap is made on the surface of your eye, a second laser reshapes your cornea.
SMILE: A small laser opening is made on the surface of your eye, a thin layer just below your eye’s surface is removed.
LASEK: The epithelium is removed, a second laser reshapes your cornea and the cells of your eye are re-generated
What is Monovision or Raindrop?
Monovision and Raindrop is one way we can fight presbyopia. Presbyopia happens when we lose the ability to see clearly up close without glasses. This typically occurs around the age of 40-45 and can be very bothersome to deal with. If you don’t like the idea of wearing reading glasses, monovision or Raindrop may be an alternative. Monovision is easily done with the use of a contact lens or Laser Vision Correction, one eye sees well in the distance and the other eye sees well close. Raindrop is a near vision inlay with one eye seeing well in the distance and the other eye using the Raindrop for progressive vision – near, intermediate & distance.
How Long do I Need to be Out of Contacts before Laser Vision Correction?
For your initial consultation, you do not need to be out of contacts in advance. You should quit wearing your contacts for 7-10 days (for soft contact lenses and longer for hard lenses unless the doctor instructs you otherwise) before the pre-op and procedure (typically the same day).
What if my eye moves during the treatment or I blink?
During the procedure a device will gently hold your eyelids open, which will prevent you from blinking. In addition, the laser we use involves advanced eye tracking technology. Every laser pulse is completely controlled from it’s generation to the point when it contacts the cornea with utmost precision. To further enhance the safety and precision of your treatment, we use an advanced high-speed eye tracker to follow the eye’s fastest movements.
Will the doctor prepare a letter, order instructions or report if I need it for work or my primary care physician?
Of course we will be happy to prepare any correspondence necessary.
How Much Does it Cost?
Our layaway and payment plans make it affordable for nearly everyone – starting at $99/mo! Many people use their FSA plan at work to enjoy pre-taxed deductions taken out of their check all year long. Laser Vision Correction is $4,495 total and includes BOTH eyes and all your appointments for 1 year. Ask about insurance or corporate discounts.
Does Insurance Cover the Procedure?
Typically, no. There are certain plans that will contribute 5 – 20% towards the total cost, so ask us about your insurance plan.
Is There a Warranty?
Should you need an Enhancement (see above) it is complimentary during first 12 months and offered at a discounted rate schedule after that.