Frequently Asked Questions
Can I benefit from laser vision correction?
Consult with an ophthalmologist when you are curious about the benefits of laser vision correction procedures. People diagnosed with hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), and astigmatism often benefit from laser vision correction. After a thorough evaluation, the specialist can determine if you are a candidate for laser surgery and, if so, which one might be best for you.
Who performs LASIK or PRK, and where?
LASIK or PRK surgery is performed by your ophthalmologist. This procedure is done in our office while you are awake. We use anesthetic drops to keep you comfortable. We also offer patients a mild sedative, such as Valium, prior to the surgery.
What are the risks associated with LASIK or PRK?
The complications associated with LASIK and PRK surgeries rarely cause permanent or significant vision loss. The side effects are mostly similar for each type of surgery: eye dryness, light sensitivity, halos or starbursts around lights, minor infections, and over- or under-correction. Some side effects particular to LASIK are thin flaps, wrinkles in flaps, and ghosting (slight double images). Those particular to PRK are slight discomfort, corneal haze, and a longer healing period.
Discuss these possible side effects, as well as all of the many benefits of laser surgery, with our specialists in our office.