Common LASIK Questions

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How long does LASIK take? Does LASIK hurt?

The actual LASIK procedure takes about 5 minutes per eye. Most people will feel a sensation of pressure during the procedure, but because the eyes are numbed with eye drops before surgery, most patients do not experience any pain.

How long is LASIK recovery?

Even though some patients begin seeing better immediately after the procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home after surgery. For the remainder of the day, you should plan to rest at home. Most patients wake up the next day with clear vision and are able to return to work within 24-48 hours after their LASIK procedure.

Are there any risks with undergoing LASIK surgery?

Like any surgery, there are risks to LASIK. When performed by an experienced LASIK surgeon using advanced technologies, those risks will be greatly minimized. You should, however, be aware of some of the potential complications. Your doctor will review the risks, benefits, and alternatives to LASIK surgery during your consultation.

Will I ever need eyeglasses after LASIK?

Maybe. LASIK is a procedure that changes the shape of the cornea to allow light to focus properly on the retina. However, as you age, the natural lens in your eye may start to lose flexibility. This is called presbyopia and it occurs to most people around the age of 45. With a loss in flexibility, you may not be able to read close-up and may need reading glasses for daily tasks.

Monovision treatment may be an option for patients wishing to reduce their dependency on reading glasses after surgery. Monovision is where one eye is corrected for distance vision and one eye is corrected for close-up vision. Your eye doctor can determine if this is an appropriate option for you during your consultation.

Can anyone who wears glasses have LASIK?

Unfortunately no. Some people do not have the correct eye anatomy and eye health for LASIK. The only way to know if LASIK is right for your eyes is to be evaluated by a LASIK surgeon.

Are there any LASIK alternatives?

Yes. For patients who have thin corneas or other eye issues, our Orange County, CA, LASIK experts can recommend and perform other vision correction treatments that can produce similar vision results as LASIK. These options will be discussed in detail with you during your free LASIK evaluation at our office.

How can I choose the right LASIK doctor in Orange County?

Ask questions – no matter how insignificant they may seem! Choose an experienced surgeon who will provide you with information about the procedures which are an appropriate candidate for, review the risks benefits and alternatives for those procedures, personally oversee every step of the process and take the time to answer all of your questions. Make sure you know everything you can about the procedure being performed.

Have more questions? Learn more about LASIK in Orange County by scheduling your free LASIK Evaluation at Harvard Eye Associates.

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