My vision is extremely poor. Will LASIK work for me?
The laser we use is the VISX Star S4. It is FDA approved to treat higher degrees of refractive error (very strong glass prescription.) It is possible that you may be able to have a good result with LASIK. The surgeon will take measurements of the thickness of your cornea as well as perform many other tests that will determine if laser surgery is right for you. Because the VISX laser is the most tissue sparing on the market we are able to treat higher degrees of nearsightedness than in the past.
I wear bifocals. Can LaserVision eliminate my need for glasses?
Using a technique called monovision, LASIK may greatly improve your reading vision. In monovision one eye is corrected for reading while the other eye is corrected (if needed) for distance. This would be attempted with contact lenses first to determine whether you would like this option. The second option would be correcting both eyes to see well for distance and using glasses when reading.
I am 18 years old. Can I have LASIK?
The FDA guideline does allow for laser vision correction on patient over the age of 18. However, many people are still in a stage of growth at this age and there is a higher likelihood that your vision will change as well. Therefore, LaserVision will perform LASIK only on patients 21 and older.
How well will I see after the procedure?
Most patients, 95% - 98%, see 20/40 (legal driving vision) or better after the procedure. Many patients, about 85%, see 20/20 or better.
How quickly will I be able to see?
Most LASIK patients will be able to see more clearly the same day as the procedure, however the drops given after surgery will make vision cloudy for the first day. Most LASIK patients see very well the next day after the procedure. You may notice continued improvements over the next several weeks.