LASIK FAQs for Ohio Residents

Have a question about the procedure or how much LASIK costs? Find your answers in our LASIK FAQ. Get the information you need to make a smart choice. And when you’re ready to take the next step towards clear vision, schedule your free LASIK consultation.

How do I know if I'm a candidate for LASIK?

First we offer a free LASIK screening. This screening will determine if a patient has thick enough corneas and a prescription that is within the limits of what LASIK can correct. A complete eye exam will confirm the prescription of the patient, and whether the inside of the eye is healthy. There must be no ocular health problems present, such as cataracts or untreated glaucoma. Additional measurements are needed, such as quality of the tear film and a corneal surface mapping, which will be done in a pre-operative evaluation. A qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist can ultimately determine whether the patient is a candidate for LASIK

What should I look for in choosing my eye surgeon?

The success of any LASIK procedure depends more on the skills and experience of the surgeon than other surgical procedures. A qualified surgeon should meet the following basic criteria: board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology, with advanced training in cornea and refractive surgery; skills and experience with a prominent ophthalmology practice, having performed thousands of LASIK and refractive surgical procedures; and the ability to help patients understand potential outcomes and complications. It is important to keep in mind that you are making a lifetime investment when choosing to have LASIK so you should take your time and select the right surgeon.

What is involved in LASIK? How long does it take?

The LASIK procedure takes 5-7 minutes per eye. It is done under topical anesthetic drops. During LASIK, a laser creates a thin corneal flap. The surgeon will use an instrument to lift the thin flap, and will laser the next layer of tissue to change the shape of the eye. After the laser treatment, the flap is laid back into position and kept in place by natural suction, no sutures. Eye drops are used and plastic shields are placed over the eyes to protect them until the following day. Results are almost immediate (meaning patients see well enough to drive by the next day), with minimal discomfort during the first 24-hour period.

How long does it take to recover from LASIK?

Recovery is fast. The first couple of hours after surgery, the eye may feel somewhat irritated, with a burning sensation and some tearing. Vision is typically blurry during this time. Most patients nap for a couple of hours to rest the eyes. After several hours, the irritation goes away and the vision begins to clear. The day after surgery, most irritating sensations are completely gone and vision is remarkably clear.

I hate to have anything in my eye. What if I am really nervous?

A mild sedative is available prior to surgery to encourage relaxation during the procedure and to encourage sleep afterward. The surgeons and operating room technicians often talk throughout the procedure to put patients at ease.

Are both eyes done at the same time?

Some patients may prefer to have each eye done on different days. In most cases, however, both eyes are done on the same day. This avoids the period of imbalance that occurs if one eye still needs correction while the other one doesn’t. This is a discussion that you should have with the surgeon so that you can decide what is best for you. It is always ultimately your choice to do both eyes simultaneously, or one at a time. Clear Choice does not charge more if you choose to pursue one eye at a time.

Will I need glasses after LASIK surgery?

As with any medical procedure, there is not a guarantee of perfect vision. Almost everyone experiences improved vision, however, and most see well enough to pass a drivers’ test without corrective lenses. It is important to know that LASIK does not eliminate the need for reading glasses. Beginning at around the age of 40, a condition called presbyopia usually appears in all adults, requiring reading glasses or bifocal correction.

Will LASIK interfere with my lifestyle?

Active sports should be postponed for about a week or until the eye is fully healed, unless protective eyewear is approved by the surgeon. Swimming, hot tubs and saunas should be avoided, as well for two weeks. After full recovery, normal activity can resume, and the ability to play sports without glasses makes them more enjoyable for many patients.

How long will LASIK correction last?

LASIK is a permanent procedure. In some cases, however, an enhancement procedure may be required. Some patients’ eyes may change throughout their lifetime, which can happen with glasses or contact lenses as well.

Is it true that it takes six months to improve vision after LASIK?

Fluctuation can occur, but visual improvement is almost immediate following the procedure. Most patients feel that major fluctuations have stopped after two weeks. At the same time, it may take additional time for all of the swelling in the eye to resolve and fluctuations to cease. Many patients do have healing that, in a minor sense, may continue to improve over six to nine months.

How safe is the procedure? Are there complications?

The procedure is very safe, and that is why it has been so readily accepted. With any surgical procedures, however, there may be complications. Vision-threatening complications do exist, but they are extremely rare. These include infections (a statistical incidence of 1 in 5,000) and irregular healing processes that can lead to something called “irregular astigmatism” that glasses cannot correct and contact lenses or further surgery may be required to improve. There are also complications, which may lead to temporary blurriness, temporary dependence on glasses or contact lenses or a need for additional surgery. In most cases, the patient can still do well and recover with good vision. It is for this reason that LASIK patients should confirm the experience of their surgeon to determine if he or she has specialized training in cornea surgery. Because LASIK is performed on the cornea, knowledge of the healing properties of the cornea and management of any complications are critical to the patient’s well being. Knowing how to handle a complication, should one occur, can make a significant difference in the patient’s outcome.

What is the success rate for LASIK?

Success depends on several factors, the most important being the degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Depending on the prescription, the surgeon can help determine the likelihood of reaching 20/40 or greater vision. Approximately 95 percent of eyes treated with LASIK reach 20/40 or better vision with one procedure, which is the requirement for driving legally without correction. If a patient does not achieve his or her goal with one procedure, additional correction often improves their vision to a satisfactory level.

I have dry eyes. Can LASIK help?

Many patients who desire LASIK surgery have dry eyes. They have become intolerant of their contact lenses because the dryness makes them uncomfortable. LASIK occasionally worsens dry eyes, but typically, this is temporary and usually treated with frequent artificial tear lubrication. In special cases of severely dry eyes, special punctal plugs that are placed in the lower eyelid tear ducts can be inserted with a significant improvement in dryness. These are easily removed in the office once the dryness resolves, or they can be left in place permanently. Sometimes PRK or implantable lenses are a better option for a patient with severe dryness.

I need reading glasses. Can LASIK correct my vision?

LASIK only corrects the distance vision. If LASIK is performed such that distance glasses are not needed, and the patient is over 40, it is likely that they will need to put on a pair of glasses to read. The exception to this is when patients opt to have monovision, when one eye is corrected fully for distance and the other is left nearsighted. Only about 10 to 20 percent of patients opt to have monovision correction, and it is only recommended in patients who have tried it with contact lenses and liked the results.

How to qualify for LASIK
Through a free LASIK screening, our doctors can determine if you qualify. During the screening process, your doctor will determine if your corneas are thick enough and that your prescription is within the limits of what LASIK can correct. This ensures that your inner eye is healthy enough for the procedure. Your doctor will take additional measurements such as the quality of the tear film and a corneal surface mapping. We take every step to ensure your safety, comfort, and best results. The quickest answer to “How do I qualify” may be taking our LASIK Self-Test.
Who is not eligible for LASIK?
Patients who are pregnant or nursing Patients who take certain prescription drugs Patients whose vision has not stabilized Patients with thin or abnormally shaped cornea
How much does LASIK cost?
The price of LASIK varies. The best way to discover what LASIK will cost you is by scheduling your consultation. To help make it easier for you, we offer insurance discounts and other financing options you can find here. Wouldn’t it be nice to get clear vision at no cost to you? Find out more here.
LASIK Pre-Op—How To Prepare?
To ensure you have the best experience possible, take these three steps. 1. Plan Ahead Although recovery is quick, you’ll need to rest following surgery. Take adequate time off from work, and remember to arrange transportation following your procedure. 2. Ask Questions Beforehand No question is too big or small for our doctors. More information will help you feel confident going into the procedure. 3. Follow Instructions from Your Doctor If you wear contacts, your doctor may ask you to remove them for two or more weeks before your procedure. There may be additional instructions you should follow to ensure safety and results.
How to find a qualified eye surgeon.
Getting LASIK is not just an important decision but a lifetime investment. When picking a qualified surgeon, keep the following criteria in mind: Advanced training in cornea and refractive surgery Skills and experience with a prominent ophthalmology practice The ability to help patients understand potential outcomes and complications See our surgeon’s qualifications here.
How long is the LASIK procedure?
The entire time patients spend undergoing their procedure is usually 15 minutes or less. During that time, our LASIK surgeons can correct vision in both eyes.
How fast do you recover from LASIK surgery?
Recovery is quick, and results are almost immediate. You may feel slight irritation following surgery, but after some rest, the irritation should be gone, and your vision will significantly improve. Most patients can drive by the next day. Your surgeon will go over exactly what you can expect during the recovery process.
Are both eyes done at the same time?
Most patients choose to have both eyes done at the same time. It helps avoid a period of imbalance that occurs when one eye still needs correction and means you’ll only need to recover once. If you prefer to schedule separate appointments, contact us today to get started. Ask the doctor during your consultation which option is best for you.
Will I still need glasses after surgery?
LASIK corrects distance vision issues but does not eliminate the need for reading glasses. You’ll be able to pass a driver’s test without using corrective lenses, but you’ll still need reading glasses. Patients over 40 will need readers if they have both eyes corrected for distance vision.
Does LASIK help with nearsightedness?
Yes, LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. All you have to do is schedule a consultation with our LASIK team to ensure LASIK is right for you.
Is LASIK permanent?
Although LASIK is a permanent procedure, your eyes can go through several changes over time. For this reason, some patients have needed an enhancement procedure. In some cases, cataract development interferes with LASIK results. Regular eye exams are still encouraged to maintain your eye health and LASIK results.

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