LASIK Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
At our Orange County Lasik Center Medical Group located in Irvine, we get many frequently asked Lasik and vision correction questions. We’ve compiled a list of questions and answers to help you make an informed decision about your Lasik journey.
Am I a good candidate for laser vision correction?
During your free LASIK consultation, Dr. Alexandra Chebil will examine your eyes and tell you if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. You must be at least 18 years old, have healthy eyes and have an eyeglass prescription that is relatively stable. Over 99% of our patients are between 18-70 years of age.
What vision conditions does LASIK treat?
LASIK treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism as well as age-related reading problems.
When calculated over the long run, LASIK will cost much less than eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses. Depending on your prescription, our fees start at just $299 per eye. We also offer affordable financing options.
Are there Lasik payment plans?
We accept Care Credit Health Financing with zero interest for 24 months. LASIK is considered a medical expense which may qualify for your 401K or FSA account.
Does LASIK hurt?
Strong numbing drops are used so you feel almost no discomfort. We also offer a mild sedative if you feel nervous about your procedure.
Are both eyes treated at the same time?
LASIK is usually performed on both eyes on the same day to reduce your down time and need for follow up visits. If you prefer to have your eyes treated separately, Dr. Alexandra Chebil will be pleased to do this as well.
How long does LASIK take?
LASIK is very fast. The entire procedure takes just 15 minutes for both eyes.
How soon after LASIK can I return to work?
Most patients return to work the day right after their procedure. If you work in a dusty environment you should wear protective glasses for the first week after surgery. If you have specific job related questions, please ask Dr. Chebil during your free evaluation.
Will I need reading glasses after my surgery?
In general, your close up reading vision after LASIK will be the same as when you wear your contact lenses. If you need reading glasses, then you may be a candidate for monovision where one eye is adjusted for distance and the other eye for reading.
What follow-up visits are included in my Lasik treatment?
Dr. Alexandra Chebil will check you at each and every visit for one full year after your LASIK procedure.
We see you back the day following your procedure, at one week, one month, three months, six months and one year after LASIK. Additional visits are included if necessary.
When can I drive after LASIK?
You will need to have a driver right after LASIK but can usually drive as soon as the next day.
Will I still need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK?
99% of our patients will be able to drive and read without glasses after LASIK. Very rarely a patient may need to wear a thin pair of glasses especially if they had a high prescription before LASIK.
How long is the recovery?
The majority of our patients see better immediately after their procedure. Vision may fluctuate for the first days and is usually perfect by three months after LASIK.
What will my night vision be like?
Older technology lasers sometimes caused night time vision problems such as glare and halos. Dr. Alexandra Chebil uses only the latest advances called Custom Wavefront technology which reduces the risks of developing these side-effects.
What are the long term results?
LASIK has a twenty year track record for safety and efficacy. Over 35 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide. More eye doctors have had the procedure themselves than any other elective treatment. LASIK gives you better vision all day and avoids the risks associated with contact lenses, such as infection and dry eye.
Most people consider that their vision after LASIK is better quality because there is no distortion caused by glasses and contact lenses.
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