Q. Can I have both eyes treated the same day?

A. It has been shown by a series of patients that the treatment of both eyes on the same day is just as safe and effective as having the surgery done one eye at a time. Same day treatment is preferred by the majority of our LASIK patients for added convenience, quicker visual recovery, and less time away from work. However, the preference of our patients will guide us in the treatment plan.

Q. How fast will my vision recover?

A. Following LASIK, improvement of vision starts immediately. Most patients will experience tremendous improvement by the next morning. The majority of patients achieve 20/20 or better vision overnight (legal driving vision requirement in most states, including New York). Some tearing and a mild sensation of having an eyelash in the eye is normal and to be expected the day of the procedure. The first follow-up visit is scheduled for the following day, at which time Dr. Niksarli ensures that your healing is progressing normally. Eye drops are used for 6 to 10 days, and protective eye shields are recommended for 2 nights. Visual recovery is slower after PRK, and functional vision is achieved after 3 to 5 days, after which point the recovery continues on a daily basis over the following weeks.

Q. Is Laser Vision Correction permanent?

A. Laser vision correction results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea. However, laser vision correction will not prevent age related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for reading glasses), cataracts, or glaucoma. These conditions would still be treated in their normal manner.

Q. Who is a candidate for LASIK?

A. The best candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years of age, in good health, with no eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, and keratoconus. Candidates should also be free of certain health problems including poorly controlled diabetes, auto-immune or collagen vascular diseases. Since hormones may affect the stability of your prescription, pregnant or nursing women are not ideal candidates for laser vision correction.

Q. Is LASIK covered by insurance?

A. LASIK is considered to be an elective procedure and is therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. However, some insurance companies cover the procedure, and we would be happy to check for you with your insurance carrier at the time of your consultation.

Q. Has anyone ever lost vision as a result of LASIK surgery?

A. Out of millions of procedures performed worldwide over the last 10 years, there are no documented cases of anyone losing sight as result of LASIK.

Q. Are there any risks involved with LASIK?

A. Like any other medical procedure, LASIK does carry some risk. A few of the potential risks include under-correction, over-correction, flap wrinkles, dry eyes, irritation, irregular astigmatism, night glare, starburst, halos, ghosting, shadowing, infection and inflammation. These complications are in most cases treatable with eye drops or a second procedure, and usually improve over time as the eye heals. Therefore, it is essential to follow up with all the post-LASIK appointments to diagnose and treat any complications in a timely fashion. For a more detailed list of risks involved with LASIK surgery, ask your physician on the day of your consultation. To view a sample consent form, click here.