Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK Eye Surgery Risks and Results
At Bernitsky Vision, we are committed to empowering our patients to be well-informed when they make decisions about their vision and eye health. If you are considering LASIK or another vision correction surgery, you probably have questions. The best way to learn about LASIK is to schedule a consultation appointment where you can get personalized attention and answers to anything you may be wondering about LASIK and your unique vision. In the meantime, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK.
Is LASIK Safe?
While any surgery carries some risk, LASIK is one of the most frequently performed procedures in the country and it has an extremely low risk of complications and a very favorable outcome profile. In fact, studies show that surgical complications occur in fewer than 1% of LASIK procedures and more than 98% of people who have had LASIK are happy with their results.1
What Are The Potential Side Effects Associated with LASIK?
Any potential risks of laser vision correction may be less likely if you choose an experienced LASIK surgeon, follow all post-operative instructions, and attend all follow-up appointments. Potential side effects include:
- Infection as with any surgery, there is a slight risk of infection in the healing stages after LASIK vision correction surgery.
- Dry eyes may occur after surgery as tear production is naturally decreased for about six months following the procedure. In many cases, this is temporary.
- Halos, glares or starbursts Seeing mild glares or haloes in low light is a common, but temporary side effect, and is less likely to occur when advanced, all-laser technology is used.
1Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2016 Aug;42(8):1224-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2016.07.012
How do I choose a LASIK surgeon in Albuquerque?
Your vision is precious, and it is important that you find an experienced LASIK surgeon who will provide comprehensive care. Here are a few questions to consider when choosing an eye surgeon:
- Where is the surgeon located? Our LASIK surgeon lives and works in Albuquerque and will be there for all of your care, before and after your LASIK procedure.
- How many LASIK surgeries have they performed? You can put your trust in a highly experienced surgeon. Surgeons at Bernitsky Vision have performed over 20,000 LASIK surgeries in New Mexico and are dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life with clear vision.
- What credentials does the surgeon have? Make sure any surgeon you consider has specialized training. Our LASIK surgeon is a board-certified Ophthalmologist.
- Do they specialize in blade-free, all-laser LASIK? Bernitsky Vision is one of the practices in New Mexico to offer state-of-the-art blade-free, all-laser LASIK utilizing Alcon WaveLight® technology.
- Do they offer LASIK alternatives? When you choose a surgeon who is experienced in multiple vision correction procedures, you can feel confident that they will recommend the procedure that is best suited for your vision and lifestyle. Bernitsky vision offers a range of LASIK alternatives.
- Will you meet the surgeon at your consultation? At some vision practices, you will not meet the LASIK surgeon until the day of your surgery. At Bernitsky Vision, we believe it is important for you to speak directly with your LASIK surgeon so you can feel at ease and ask any questions you may have.
Am I a candidate for LASIK?
With advanced LASIK technology, many people who currently wear glasses or contacts can benefit from LASIK. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can all be corrected. You must be at least 18 years of age, and have otherwise healthy eyes. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for laser vision correction is to come in for a complimentary consultation at our office in Albuquerque, when you can meet an experienced LASIK surgeon for a thorough eye exam.
Which vision correction procedure is best for me?
Bernitsky Vision offers the full spectrum of vision correction alternatives including Bladeless LASIK, the Visian ICL implantable contact lens, PRK, and RLE (refractive lens exchange). While LASIK is a wonderful option for many people, not all people are good LASIK candidates. Having the choice of many different vision correction procedures means you’ll have the procedure that’s the very best for your eyes and visual needs.
Is LASIK surgery permanent?
LASIK permanently changes the shape of your cornea. When LASIK is performed on people with stable vision, the results remain stable over long periods of time for most people. However, sometimes internal changes in the eye can naturally occur and lead to changes in vision. At Bernitsky Vision, we offer the TLC Lifetime Commitment which may cover LASIK enhancement procedures for vision changes. Get details on the TLC Lifetime Commitment.
Does LASIK surgery hurt?
There is typically no pain during the procedure because the patient’s eyes are numbed using anesthetic drops. Most people report some scratchiness or mild discomfort for a short period of time after the procedure; using preservative-free artificial tears can help relieve this temporary discomfort.
Will I still need reading glasses after LASIK surgery?
If you’re over 45, or currently wearing bifocals or reading glasses over your contacts, chances are you’ll still need reading glasses after LASIK. There is a procedure called monovision LASIK that may reduce or eliminate the need for reading glasses, which your surgeon can discuss with you at the time of your consultation.
What is monovision?
Monovision is a surgical technique where one of your eyes is corrected for near vision and the other eye is corrected for distance. Monovision is commonly accomplished using contact lenses and can be created surgically with LASIK, PRK or RLE surgery. Not everyone is able to adapt to monovision, so it must be trialed prior to surgery with contact lenses. If you’re interested in learning more, come in for a free consultation.
How much time will I need to be off work?
Most people are able to return to work the day after the procedure. As a convenience, many of our patients schedule their procedure on Fridays to allow them the weekend to recuperate. If Friday isn’t the best day for you, we’ll schedule your procedure on a day that’s most convenient for you.
Is LASIK surgery in Albuquerque affordable?
Yes! Especially when compared with the long-term costs of glasses and contact lenses. At Bernitsky Vision, we have affordable financing plans available and we’ll work with you to find the plan that’s most comfortable for your budget.