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Laser Vision Correction - LASIK Eye Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

1. What is Laser Vision Correction?

A: 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.

2. How long does the procedure take?

A: The laser treatment itself takes approximately 60 seconds or less depending on the amount of correction you need. Expect to be at the surgery center for about 1 hour for the entire procedure.

3. Will I be awake during the procedure?

A: Yes. You will receive several drops of topical anesthesia to numb the eye. In addition to the drops, you will also be given an oral medication to help you relax.

4. Does it hurt?

A: 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.

5. Will I need to wear glasses or contacts after the procedure?

A: 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. In patients who need bifocals or reading glasses prior to surgery and elect to have distance vision correction in both eyes, the need for reading glasses is expected.

6. How long will I be off of work?

A: Most patients are able to return to work 1 day after LASIK, and 3 to 7 days after PRK.

7. Are there any restrictions after the procedure?

A: 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.

8. Does insurance cover laser vision correction?

A: Although most insurance companies consider Laser Vision Correction procedures to be non-covered surgery, all plans and individual policies differ. Please check with your carrier to be sure of your coverage. Be aware that we do offer several payment options including low or no-interest financing.

9. What does your laser vision correction package include?

A: 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, and an initial supply of artificial tears.

10. How long has laser vision correction been around?

A: Laser Vision Correction has been performed around the world since 1988. Dr. Foote has performed refractive surgery for over ten years. He is 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.

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