Common LASIK Questions

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on February 22, 2011

laser_on_eye-150x150Will I need reading glasses after LASIK?

Somewhere around the age of 45 we all become presbyopic.  Presbyopia is the condition where our natural lens of the eye loses its ability to focus like the auto focus of a camera.  What this means is that we need to go into either reading glasses or bifocals.  LASIK does not change this in any way.  Some people who are nearsighted and have presbyopia comment that they can’t read with their glasses on but can take them off to read, so why can’t they read without glasses after LASIK?  You can’t take your LASIK off  like you can your glasses.  Depending on your eyes, there are some things we may be able to do to rid you of reading glasses too.

Is LASIK permanent? I heard that the effect does not last.

LASIK is very much a permanent procedure and the results do not wear off.  People who have had LASIK can expect to benefit from the procedure for the rest of their lives.  One of the many benefits of LASIK, which has made it so popular, is that it can also be adjusted later in life if your visual needs change.  The adjustments do require an additional procedure.

What about glare at night?

The LASIK procedure has developed a bad reputation for causing glare at night.  It is true that the procedure can cause glare but this is very rare.  Glare was a problem years ago when the lasers used were not of the same quality as those used today.  With today’s lasers, most people feel that they have less glare following LASIK than before with their contact lenses or glasses.  Rarely, however, even when the procedure goes perfectly, some people experience an increase in glare.

How long does it take to recover from a vision correction procedure?

The majority of patients notice significantly improved vision the first day after surgery.  Most people resume normal activities within 1-2 days.

Is LASIK  painful?

A topical anesthetic is used during the procedure, so virtually no pain is felt.  You may feel pressure on the eye.  After the anesthetic wears off, most people experience a feeling like there is an eyelash stuck on your eyes.  This usually goes away after 3 – 5 hours.

What kind of anesthetic is used?

Patients are given a mild oral sedative and eye drops to anesthetize or numb the eye.

Who is the ideal candidate for vision correction surgery?

The ideal candidate for vision correction surgery is age 18 or older with stable healthy eyes, and has the desire to enjoy the freedom of not having to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Are there any risks involved in vision correction procedures?

As with virtually any surgical procedure, there are certain potential risks and complications with vision correction procedures. The risk of a complication is less than 1% with vision loss occurring in less than 0.05% (one in two thousand). Dr. Clavenna and Dr. Fitzgerald would be happy to discuss with you the potential risks and any other concerns you may have in detail.  They want you to be totally comfortable with your decision to have LASIK performed.

What kind of success rate has been achieved through vision correction surgery?

The overall results of vision correction surgery have been nothing short of excellent, with more than 99% of Clavenna Vision Institute’s patients satisfied with their results and our performance.

Why does Wavefront (CustomVue) LASIK cost more?

There are two reasons CustomVue LASIK is more expensive.  First, the equipment required to perform CustomVue Lasik costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more.  Second, there is a royalty fee paid to the inventors of the lasers and this fee is also higher for CustomVue than conventional LASIK.

Am I too young or old to have LASIK?

You have to be at least 18 years old to have LASIK due to the chance of your eyes changing too much at younger ages.  There is no upper age limit for LASIK Troy, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan candidates as long as your eyes are healthy.