Laser Vision Correction – LASIK Eye Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is Laser Vision Correction?
Laser Vision Correction involves use of an Excimer Laser to reshape the front surface of the eye, which allows images to focus sharply on the retina. The laser emits pulses of cool ultraviolet light to remove microns (small amounts) of tissue from the cornea. Examples of a laser vision correction procedures include LASIK and PRK.
How long does the procedure take?
It's so quick! The laser treatment itself takes approximately 60 seconds or less depending on the amount of correction you need.
Will I be awake during the procedure?
Yes, but you will receive several powerful numbing drops to make the process as easy as possible. In addition to the drops, you may also be given an oral medication to help you relax.
Does LASIK hurt?
The vast majority of patients experience no pain with Laser Vision Correction. Because we are not all equally sensitive, some people do report feeling some pressure or discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, you may have a scratchy, foreign body sensation for a few hours or up to a day or two following your surgery.
Will I need to wear glasses or contacts after the procedure?
Most of the time patients are able to function without the need for glasses or contacts lenses after Laser Vision Correction. In fact, 98% of patients are able to drive legally without glasses! If you need bifocals or reading glasses prior to surgery and choose to have distance vision correction in both eyes, the need for reading glasses is expected.
How long will I be off of work?
Most patients are able to return to work 1 day after LASIK, and 3 to 7 days after PRK.
Are there any restrictions after the procedure?
There are just a few restrictions after Laser Vision Correction. For example, swimming and rubbing the eye vigorously should be avoided for one week. Eye make-up should also be avoided for one week.
What does your laser vision correction package include?
Our price for having a laser vision correction procedure includes your comprehensive pre-operative examination, use of the most advanced technology to evaluate and treat your eyes, the laser vision correction procedure, all post-operative appointments for a year following your surgery, post-operative prescription eye drops when available, and starter kit of artificial tears.
How long has laser vision correction been around?
Laser Vision Correction has been performed around the world since 1988. Dr. Foote & Dr. Edmonds have both performed refractive surgery for years. Dr. Foote was one of the first physicians in the metro Milwaukee area to perform PRK and the first physician to perform LASIK. Over one million people have had Laser Vision Correction to correct their refractive errors.
How can I pay for LASIK?
LASIK and Laser Vision Correction is considered an elective procedure, so it is not covered by your health insurance.
We offer special financing for 18 months through Wells Fargo. It's quick and easy to apply on their website! Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted as well. Many employers now offer Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts which you may use as well.
Many people find that LASIK or Laser Vision Correction actually saves them money in the long run. Use our LASIK Savings Calculator to find out how much you will save.