Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK Surgery

If you are tired of relying on glasses or contacts to see clearly, you should consider LASIK. LASIK is a laser surgical treatment that can correct most refractive errors. If you are thinking of getting LASIK, our eye doctors at Eyes First Vision Center offer consultations and pre- and post-surgical evaluations. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about LASIK.


How Does LASIK Surgery Work?

During the procedure, your eye doctor will use a laser to gently reshape your cornea to correct your refractive error. The procedure actually takes about 15 minutes to complete both eyes.

What Refractive Errors Can Be Treated With LASIK?

LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Whether you would be a good candidate for this procedure would depend on your prescription and other factors. LASIK can correct up to the following:

    • Nearsightedness: -11. D
    • Farsightedness: +5.00 D
    • Astigmatism: 5.00 D

How Old Do I Need To Be To Get LASIK?

To be a good candidate, your eyes need to have reached maturity, which happens when you are 18-years-old.

Can I Get LASIK If I’m Pregnant?

Eye doctors will not perform LASIK if you are pregnant or nursing. They will recommend that you wait until after you have your baby, and are no longer nursing.

Are There Any Health Conditions That Would Make Me a Poor Candidate For LASIK?

To be a good candidate for this procedure, you need to be healthy. Conditions such as poorly controlled diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus would make you a poor candidate. Also, your eyes need to be healthy. If you have glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, this procedure may not be right for you.

Can I Get LASIK Surgery If I Have Dry Eye?

If you have dry eye syndrome, laser surgery will make your symptoms worse. Therefore, the procedure would not be ideal for you.

Is LASIK Painful?

LASIK is relatively painless. Your eye surgeon will use anesthetic drops to numb your eyes. During the procedure, you will feel light pressure. After the procedure, your eyes may feel a bit irritated, but it will eventually go away on its own.

What Are My Restrictions After the Procedure?

After the procedure, avoid doing any close-up work. Your eye doctor may recommend that you take a nap after surgery. You should be able to go to work the next day, but avoid strenuous activity for the next 48 to 72 hours.

How Long Before I Achieve the Maximum Results?

The day after your surgery, you should start seeing much more clearly than before. However, it can take up to two months for your vision to fully stabilize.

If you are considering LASIK, you will first need to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor. At Eyes First Vision Center, we can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.