LASIK Surgery FAQs: 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions

LASIK surgery has become a popular choice for those seeking long-term freedom from glasses and contact lenses. However, it’s natural to have questions and concerns before undergoing any surgical procedure. In this blog, we will address the 10 most frequently asked questions about LASIK, providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision about this life-changing procedure.

  1. What exactly is LASIK? LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure that uses lasers to reshape the cornea, correcting common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. By altering the cornea’s shape, LASIK enhances the eye’s ability to focus light, resulting in improved vision.
  2. Am I a candidate for LASIK? Candidacy depends on several factors, including your overall eye health, refractive error stability, corneal thickness, and other individual considerations. A comprehensive eye examination by an experienced ophthalmologist will determine your eligibility.
  3. Is LASIK painful? LASIK is typically performed using local anesthesia in the form of eye drops, ensuring a painless procedure. Some patients may experience slight pressure or discomfort during the surgery, but it is generally well-tolerated and short-lived.
  4. How long does the LASIK procedure take? The procedure itself usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes per eye. However, additional time should be allocated for pre-operative preparations and post-operative instructions.
  5. What is the recovery process like? Most patients experience improved vision immediately after LASIK, with further enhancement in the following days or weeks. Some individuals may experience mild dryness, glare, or halos temporarily. It’s important to follow post-operative instructions and attend follow-up visits for proper monitoring and care.
  6. Are there any risks or complications associated with LASIK? While LASIK is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries some risks. Possible complications include dry eyes, glare, halos, undercorrection, overcorrection, infection, or night vision disturbances. However, serious complications are rare, and the majority of patients achieve excellent visual outcomes.
  7. Can my vision change again after LASIK? LASIK provides long-term vision correction; however, your eyes can still undergo age-related changes or other factors that might affect your vision in the future. These changes are usually unrelated to the procedure itself.
  8. Will I need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK? LASIK aims to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. While most patients achieve clear vision without the need for corrective lenses, some individuals may require minimal prescription eyewear for specific activities or situations.
  9. What is the cost of LASIK? LASIK costs can vary depending on factors such as geographical location, technology used, surgeon’s expertise, and pre- and post-operative care. On average, costs can range from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars per eye.
  10. Is LASIK covered by insurance? LASIK is generally considered an elective procedure and is not covered by most insurance plans. However, certain insurance companies or vision plans may offer discounts or partial coverage. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand your specific coverage.

LASIK surgery has transformed the lives of millions by providing clear, unaided vision. Understanding the most frequently asked questions about LASIK helps alleviate concerns and allows individuals to make informed decisions. Consulting with an experienced ophthalmologist is crucial to determine your candidacy and address any specific concerns you may have.

Content written by Annie Tye, Ph.D | Reviewed by Joseph Christenbury, M.D. | Last updated 6/11/2023