Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery
What is LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK, or Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, is a refractive procedure used to shape the cornea, or clear, front part of the eye, so that the light rays entering the eye focus accurately on the retina. LASIK has been used as a successful treatment for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism since 2002, with over one million surgeries performed worldwide. Our award-winning eye surgeons, Dr. Lohman and Dr. Jones, have performed over 10,000 procedures and offer exceptional Ohio eye care.
Am I a candidate for LASIK eye surgery?
To be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery:
You should be 21 years of age or older.
Your eyesight must be within a correctable range.
Your vision should be stable over the last 12 months.
You must not be pregnant or nursing.
Your eyes must be healthy.
Please contact us to schedule a no-charge, two hour LASIK evaluation at our Stow, OH location, during which our doctors and staff will thoroughly evaluate your eyes to determine your LASIK candidacy. Additionally, you can take the LASIK self-test here.
How successful is LASIK eye surgery at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons?
Our LASIK eye surgeons, Dr. Lohman and Dr. Jones, have been included in Best Doctors in America since 1996 and serve as leaders in Ohio eye care. More than 99% of their LASIK patients have achieved 20/20 vision or better after surgery. Our LASIK surgery center uses state-of-the-art technology to offer the best laser eye surgery possible.
Is LASIK eye surgery affordable?
When you consider what you spend over a lifetime purchasing glasses, contact lenses and cleaning solutions, LASIK is a true bargain. During your free LASIK consultation, the eye surgeon will conduct a thorough examination and determine a customized treatment plan. Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons also offers financing.
Where is the LASIK eye surgery done?
We perform all LASIK procedures at our Akron office located at 4099 Embassy Parkway, Akron, OH 44333. On the day of your eye surgery, you will report to our office accompanied by someone to drive you home.
How long does the LASIK procedure take?
The surgery takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and many patients report better vision immediately after eye surgery.
Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
Yes. Unless you specifically request otherwise, your LASIK eye surgery will cover correction of both eyes at the same time.
What kind of laser does Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons use?
We are proud to use the VISX® CustomVue™ Wavefront Laser to ensure the most accurate, customized visual results for our LASIK patients. Our qualified eye surgeons also use the IntraLase Laser to create the corneal flap during the LASIK procedure. The use of the IntraLase Laser versus a manual blade offers patients more rapid healing time and better visual acuity after eye surgery. Click here for more information.
Will the LASIK procedure hurt?
More often than not, the fear or anxiety is worse than the procedure itself. For this reason, your eye surgeon will give a thorough breakdown of what the surgery will entail and administer medication to help you relax before surgery begins. This procedure is completely blade-free and only a laser is used!
What are some LASIK eye surgery complications?
The most common LASIK complication is over or under correction. Over or under correction occurs in fewer than 10% of all LASIK patients and generally requires an additional eye surgery to achieve the desired vision.
Other, more serious complications may include a dislocated flap or infection. These complications occur rarely and require immediate attention from an eye surgeon at our LASIK surgery center.
What are my restrictions after LASIK eye surgery?
We ask that after surgery, you go home and rest. Most LASIK surgeries are done on Fridays so patients can return to work or school on Monday. You can resume your normal activities within a day or two after eye surgery, although we ask that you do not swim or lift heavy weights for a week after LASIK. Additionally, please avoid contact sports for one-month post LASIK surgery.
How long after LASIK eye surgery until I can wear eye makeup?
Eye makeup can be worn a few days after surgery. However, you may wish to dispose of your old makeup and buy new products to decrease your risk of infection.
Will I need reading glasses after LASIK eye surgery?
If you are over 40, the answer is probably yes. However, many patients choose to reduce or eliminate their dependence on reading glasses by having their non-dominant eye slightly undercorrected during LASIK. This is known as monovision. Slightly under correcting the non-dominant eye enables many monovision patients to do most activities at both distance and near vision without glasses or contacts.
If you are interested in monovision, please speak with our doctors and staff during your LASIK evaluation. They can help trial monovision for you before your surgery with contact lenses so that you can determine if this is an option you wish to pursue.
How long will the correction last?
LASIK eye surgery is a permanent procedure. However, it is possible for the eyes to change over time, typically with older age. In this scenario, an enhancement procedure can be scheduled at our optical center. Taking good care of your eyes can have an impact on the longevity of your LASIK results.
Has anyone ever gone blind as a result of LASIK eye surgery?
Of the millions of LASIK procedures performed globally over the last decade, there are no documented cases of anyone losing complete sight as result of the eye surgery.
Is LASIK eye surgery really a life-changing procedure?
Yes! Just ask our doctors and staff, many of whom have undergone this remarkable procedure themselves or have had their friends and family undergo LASIK at Northeast Ohio Eye surgeons.
How can I schedule my consultation for LASIK eye surgery?
To schedule your first appointment at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons, please click here
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