What is the Recovery Time After LASIK Eye Surgery?

Most patients are pleasantly surprised by how quick LASIK eye surgery is – less than 15 minutes – and are thrilled to hear that LASIK recovery time may be quick as well.

Following LASIK procedures, patients can return home the same day, after just 30 minutes in our patient recovery area. Just be sure to arrange a ride home, since you should not get behind the wheel immediately after the procedure. It is also recommended that you keep your eyes closed for the next two to three hours to give them additional rest. Think of it as a doctor-sanctioned nap!

The majority of LASIK eye surgery patients report little to no discomfort and notice improvement in their vision almost immediately, though individual LASIK results vary. By the following day, patients may achieve optimal vision and can resume their everyday activities, including driving and going to work, with one noticeable difference: they are now going through life with improved eyesight.

LASIK is a medical procedure but the risks of LASIK are minimal.  It’s important to consult your surgeon to understand the risks and benefits. Nevertheless, there are a few things patients can do to ensure a swifter and easier laser eye surgery recovery. Your Bernitsky Vision LASIK surgeon will send you home with protective goggles. Make sure to wear them as instructed. Additionally, to help minimize the laser eye surgery risks, avoid wearing eye makeup for at least 72 hours. Patients should also avoid rubbing their eyes or swimming underwater. LASIK eye surgery recovery can be hindered by having foreign objects enter your eyes, so keep those areas around your eyes clean and be sure to wear those goggles.

The most common of the few LASIK surgery side effects is eye dryness. To remedy this, you will be sent home with eye drops. Generally, patients require these for just a short period of time following the procedure. During the first week, you should use antibiotic and steroid eye drops. Then, for the next two to three months, artificial tears can help keep your eyes feeling lubricated.

Lastly, anytime you are in the sun, be sure to bring out the shades. Sunglasses are actually recommended for eye protection whether or not you’ve had LASIK, and they definitely help ease your recovery from laser eye surgery.

If you’re considering LASIK eye surgery, call Bernitsky Vision today to schedule your free consultation and see if you’re a candidate for laser eye surgery.

How Much Does LASIK Surgery Really Cost?

You’re ready for LASIK eye surgery – but you’re not quite sure if your wallet feels the same. And with so many different promotions, discounts and financing options offered by laser eye surgery providers in Albuquerque, it can be hard to tell: How much does laser eye surgery cost?

Hunting for the cheapest price may not always give you the most bang for your buck. Bladeless laser technology may be pricier, but it is often preferred by patients for a variety of reasons, including reduced risk. In centers equipped with the latest FDA-approved LASIK technology, an extra layer of safety may cost a bit more.

It’s also important to read the fine print. What, exactly, is included in the cost you’ve been quoted? Does this include pre-operative care? Follow-ups? Future touch-ups or enhancements? Or is it just the cost of LASIK?

Another factor to take into account is the expertise of the LASIK surgeon performing the procedure. Experience tends to cost more, but along with that comes the reassurance that your vision is in the hands of someone who has done this procedure thousands or even tens of thousands of times.

Since LASIK procedures are elective, they are usually not covered by insurance. However, some insurance and vision plans do offer discounts to help defray the cost. Bernitsky Vision offers these discounts to all who are eligible.

In addition, a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) can be used toward the cost of LASIK. These benefits, which are provided by many employers, can be a valuable source of financial support. But it’s important to be aware that while unused HSA funds roll over into the next year, FSA funds do not – so schedule your procedure accordingly!

Paying for LASIK is not always easy, but the results can be life-changing. We offer a variety of financing options to make your decision to correct your vision as easy as possible. Because we don’t want the LASIK eye surgery cost to be prohibitive, you can choose the plan that works the best for you.

While the cost of LASIK in Albuquerque can vary widely from place to place, often, the old adage rings true: you get what you pay for. Be sure you are aware of what the offer entails. At Bernitsky Vision, we will formulate a treatment plan around your needs.

To get started, schedule your free consultation with Dr. Bernitsky today.

What they didn’t tell me about $299 LASIK

When a new corporate LASIK center moved into New Mexico this summer it fired the flames of a crazy “price war” on the airwaves.  It started with “LASIK for $999 if you come in this week”, and has recently deteriorated to cries of “LASIK for $299” and even “LASIK starting as low as $249”.   Having provided LASIK to New Mexicans for nearly 20 years, I know that it is not economically possible to provide LASIK at that price, and in addition, I’ve had several patients come in complaining that when they went in for the “$299 LASIK”, the real price was as much as 10X what was advertised.  This prompted me to do a little research.

I went to the websites of the ‘Bargain Basement’ centers, and after lengthy searching, found the disclaimers.  What I discovered in reading the fine print (now required since the corporate LASIK centers were sued by the FTC for false advertising) is that virtually no one qualifies for the price advertised in giant sized font on the website, or in radio commercials.  In fact, the actual price may be as much as 10X the advertised price, and is often well above community average prices.

I noticed that the ads never give specifics about what technology is used, what kind of follow-up care is provided, and who will be seeing you when you go to their facilities.  Are you getting a 2004 laser in 2014?  Do you meet the surgeon before the surgery?  Does he or she even live in Continue reading

One Option You May Not Have Considered: ICL

Have you considered ICL?

Have you considered ICL?

Many people think that LASIK is the only option when it comes to permanent vision correction. And while LASIK is an excellent option for thousands, even millions, of people, it’s not for everyone. LASIK is not recommended for people with dry eyes, thin or irregularly shaped corneas or needing high degrees of correction. But those who are not good candidates for LASIK may be excellent candidates for another vision correction procedure: ICL. Continue reading

Making Life-Changing Vision Correction Surgery Affordable

Vision care with Bernitsky is affordable.

Vision care with Bernitsky is affordable.

Imagine waking up and seeing clearly that you have another 45 minutes before the alarm goes off or being able to read the morning newspaper without having to first hunt for your reading glasses. Imagine going to bed without having to peel sticky contacts from your eyes or traveling without packing an extra pair of contacts…just in case. Perfect vision is possible through a number of vision correction procedures at Bernitsky Vision, and they may be more affordable than you think! Continue reading

Get to Know Your Eye Care Expert

Your vision is important, so when you finally make the decision to invest in permanent vision correction, you want to make sure that you are entrusting one of your most precious senses to a skilled professional. Dr. David A. Bernitsky is, certainly, one of the most highly skilled vision correction specialists in the State of New Mexico and beyond, but he’s more than that. He’s a dedicated member of his local community with a knack for trivia. Continue reading

I Hate My Reading Glasses! and Other Stories That End With Monovision

It happens so slowly you hardly notice it at first: you have trouble making out the words so you hold whatever you’re reading just a little farther away…and then farther…and farther until you realize your arms are too short. Eventually someone you know hands you a pair of their ‘cheaters’ and here you are: a reading glasses wearer. What happened? Continue reading

Christmas is a Time of Giving…Back to the Community

Christmas is the season of giving. During this time of year, we are inspired to shower our loved ones with gifts wrapped in festive paper with shiny bows, but Christmas also reminds us of our extended human family, and we look for ways to bring joy into the lives of those who are less fortunate. Continue reading



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