Find the answers to your questions about all things LASIK and get closer to making an informed decision about improving your vision with one of the standard varieties of LASIK or WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision.

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What is LASIK eye surgery?

There are many excellent LASIK options available, each of which may be more appropriate only for certain patients. Get up to speed on the basics of LASIK and learn how WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision is reshaping what you thought you knew about the procedure.


What is LASIK?

What does LASIK mean?

LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.

What does LASIK do?

It is a type of vision correction that uses a laser to reshape the surface of the eye, making it more effective in focusing light, ultimately leading to better vision.

What is WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision?

WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision gives you the benefit of LASIK procedures while giving your doctor the ability to map out the features of your eyes. The result is a more custom LASIK procedure. Because unique eyes are best treated with unique procedures, this system provides:

  • Smooth treatments
  • Great accuracy
  • Proven safety
  • Freedom from the limitations of glasses

WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision is reshaping LASIK. Find out how you can see the world with the vision you've always wanted.

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Am I a candidate for LASIK?

Find out the factors that can determine your eligibility for LASIK, including LASIK using WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision.


Am I a candidate for LASIK?

Is LASIK right for me?

Talking to your eye doctor is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for any type of LASIK procedure. With a quick series of tests admistered by your eye doctor, you can find out if you are eligible for LASIK laser vision correction.

What factors impact my eligibility for LASIK?

If your prescription for glasses or contact lenses has changed in the past 18 months, you might not be ready for LASIK. Your eyes may still be changing, which means they could continue to change after the procedure.


You should also talk to your eye doctor about any health conditions and medications you may be taking. Certain conditions, such as dry eyes and thin corneas can affect your eligibility for LASIK.


Learn more about the right LASIK option for you. Click here to see if you may be a candidate for the procedure.

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What if I’m not a candidate for WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision?

WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision may not be right for everyone. Fortunately, you may still have options if you’re looking for freedom from the limitations of glasses and contacts.


What if I’m not a candidate for WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision?

What are my options if I am not a candidate for WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision?

If you are not eligible for LASIK using WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision, you may be able to get improved vision with these options:

  • Other LASIK technologies

    If your doctor determines that CONTOURA® Vision is not right for you, you may still be eligible for traditional LASIK, Wavefront Optimized®, or wavefront-guided LASIK. Together, these procedures cover the broadest range of patient prescriptions.

    These options are still proven to get great results for unique eyes — in fact, the majority of patients enjoy 20/20 vision or better with their naked eyes after laser vision correction.1

  • PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)

    This procedure uses an Excimer laser to shape the cornea, like LASIK. But in PRK, the upper corneal layer is removed mechanically before laser surgery, without the laser creating a flap.

  • Epi-LASIK

    If you do not qualify for LASIK due to thin corneas, you might qualify for Epi-LASIK. Epi-LASIK is similar to traditional LASIK, however, it uses a plastic blade to separate the epithelium from the inner cornea.



1. Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data. P020050S004b.

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How much is LASIK?

See what factors play into how much you may pay for a LASIK procedure.


Paying for LASIK

How much does LASIK cost?

There’s no universal price tag on a LASIK procedure. A number of factors can impact the cost of a LASIK procedure, including:

  • Location
  • Laser system used
  • Diagnostic tests used
  • Surgeon reputation, experience and skill
  • Private health insurance coverage

Will my insurance pay for LASIK?

LASIK is typically considered an elective surgery, meaning it usually isn’t covered by private insurance or Medicare. You should check with your insurance carrier or employer, though, to be sure. Some doctors may offer payment plans.

Learn more about what you can expect to pay for LASIK, and see how the procedure could end up saving you money in the long run. Start budgeting for LASIK.

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How do I choose a LASIK doctor?

Start the process of locating the LASIK doctor who’s right for you.


Choosing a LASIK doctor

How do I choose a LASIK doctor?

A good way to start your search for a LASIK doctor is by the recommendations of your eye doctor. With the goal to improve your vision as best as possible in mind, you should also consider whether or not a doctor has the following:

  • Experience with the particular LASIK procedure you need
  • Proper technology for your particular eye problems
  • A helpful and informative attitude

It can be beneficial to take your time in selecting the right doctor. You may want to consult with several doctors before making a final decision. Get your search started right here with our LASIK doctor locator tool.

 This print-friendly discussion guide may also help you and a doctor have a more insightful consultation.


Can my optometrist perform LASIK?

In most places in the U.S., only ophthalmologists can perform LASIK surgery. The difference between the two types of eye care professionals is that ophthalmologists have MD degrees and are specially trained and licensed to perform major eye surgeries, such as LASIK.

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How is LASIK done?

Learn what is likely to happen before, during and after the LASIK experience.


What to expect from LASIK

What happens before LASIK?

Before a LASIK procedure, you will need to have an eye evaluation which usually assesses the following:

  • Your vision
  • The shape of your cornea
  • Possible eye disease
  • Eye measurements

Keep in mind that you may be asked to not wear contact lenses for up to two weeks before your evaluation to help your eyes return to their natural shape.

What happens during LASIK?

The LASIK experience may vary from procedure to procedure, but you can usually expect the following:

  • Anesthetic drops will be placed in each eye
  • You will lie down on a patient bed under the laser system
  • You will be asked to focus on a small blinking light
  • Pulses of laser energy will precisely reshape your cornea
  • The flap is then laid back in into place acting as a natural bandage

What type of recovery can I expect after LASIK?

Anyone who gets a LASIK procedure can have a different recovery experience. Many people are able to return to work the very next day. Others might experience a few minor side effects, such as watery or red eyes for a few days.

Find out even more about what a LASIK experience might be like.

LASIK effectiveness

Is LASIK worth it?

Find out how effective LASIK — including WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision — can be for the right candidates.


Results you can see

What kind of vision should I expect in the first few days after my procedure?

Immediately after a LASIK procedure, the first thing many patients notice is how clearly they can see the alarm clock. During this initial period, you may also be sensitive to bright light and your vision may also be slightly blurry. This happens because your cornea is still healing, and once it heals, these issues may subside.

What kind of vision should I expect in the first few months after my procedure?

Over the months following your procedure, it is likely that your vision will continue to improve. For example, in an assessment of FDA study results on WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision, 7% of eyes achieved 20/10 vision three months after surgery, and by one year, 15.6% of eyes had achieved 20/10 vision.1

Learn more about how WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision works and see what laser vision correction can do for you.



1. Durrie DS, Potvin R, Petznick A. More eyes with 20/10 visual acuity at 12 months versus 3 months in a topography-guided excimer laser trial: Possible contributing factors. Paper presented at: ASCRS; March 14, 2018; Chicago, IL.

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How safe is LASIK?

Have concerns about LASIK complications? Learn how safe the procedure can be.


LASIK safety

Is LASIK safe?

During a LASIK procedure, safety is the number one priority. Most people do not suffer serious complications after LASIK treatment, but like all surgical procedures, it still involves a risk of complications or side effects.1

Similarly, while WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision has been shown to be safe and effective, it’s still LASIK surgery, including the risk of complications or side effects.

Make sure to discuss the risks and benefits of any LASIK procedure with your doctor, so you can make an informed decision that’s best for you.

Common risks associated with LASIK procedures include:

  • Developing dry eye syndrome, which can be severe
  • The possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery
  • Visual symptoms including halos, glare, stabursts and double vision, which can be debilitating
  • The loss of vision

Does LASIK hurt?

Most patients feel little or no pain throughout their procedure. However, keep in mind that there is no guaranteed level of comfort for a LASIK procedure.

Will LASIK affect my ability to see at night?

At first, you might experience difficulty seeing at night or glares in very bright light. These conditions are usually temporary and will disappear once the eyes have fully healed.

In fact, in a study of WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision, patients actually reported that they had even less difficulty driving at night 12 months after the procedure, compared to driving at night before the procedure.*,2

Will LASIK wear off?

When LASIK corrects your vision, the effects are permanent. It is important to know that as you age, the natural lens inside your eye can still change and have an impact on your vision. This is called presbyopia, and it’s the reason people develop the need for reading glasses later in life.

You might be surprised to learn just how safe LASIK procedures can be. Find more information about safety here.

*Study description: Prospective, nonrandomized, multicenter study of 249 eyes with myopia (up to -9 D) or myopic astigmatism of 6.0 D or less. Outcome measures included manifest refraction, UDVA, CDVA and visual symptoms up to 12 months.


1. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Is LASIK for Me? A Patient’s Guide to Refractive Surgery. October 2008. Accessed Dec. 17, 2018. 2. Stulting RD, Fant BS; T-CAT Study Group. Results of topography-guided laser in situ keratomileusis custom ablation treatment with a refractive excimer laser. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016;42(1):11–18.

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