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.
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.
LASIK is an acronym for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.
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.
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:
WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision is reshaping LASIK. Find out how you can see the world with the vision you've always wanted.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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There’s no universal price tag on a LASIK procedure. A number of factors can impact the cost of a LASIK procedure, including:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Before a LASIK procedure, you will need to have an eye evaluation which usually assesses the following:
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.
The LASIK experience may vary from procedure to procedure, but you can usually expect the following:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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. http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/glasses-contacts-lasik/upload/LASIK-patient-guide.pdf. 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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