Congratulations! You’ve finally made the step to move forward with LASIK! You’ve booked your consultation appointment…and now you’re drawing a blank on what to ask. Sometimes, medical consultations can feel overwhelming, especially when it’s a procedure you’re excited about. However, we’re here to fill you in on questions to ask before LASIK during your consultation
(1) Who Will Be Performing My Procedure?
EyeLASIK works with two surgeons, Dr. Tschoepe and Dr. Walters. They both have extensive experience and have performed thousands of LASIK procedures. Our surgeons are on a rotating schedule, so it’s dependent on when your surgery date is scheduled.
(2) Who Takes Care Of Post-Op Follow-Up?
Your current optometrist will be your primary point of contact after your procedure. However, if you experience any post-op issues, please contact us.
(3) What Results Can I Reasonably Expect?
Our goal is to have you seeing clearly without the need for glasses or contacts. According to Duke Health, the success rate is approximately 98%.
(4) Do Any Other Medications I’m Taking Interfere With My Healing Time?
Obviously, this varies on a case-by-case basis. If you take regular prescription medications, please let us know. It’s doubtful that these prescriptions will interfere with healing time, but it’s important to let us know beforehand.
(5) What Type Of Laser Surgery Is Right For Me?
That’s one of the main reasons we require a consultation. Our staff coordinator and clinic director review your eye history, including the type(s) of refractive errors you experience. If you’re interested in finding out more about the types of procedures offered at EyeLASIK, find out more by clicking here.
(6) Does My Medical History Affect My Ability To Get LASIK?
Unfortunately, certain illnesses can disqualify a person from becoming a candidate for LASIK. While we will discuss this more in depth during your complimentary consultation, feel free to contact us ahead of time to confirm.
(7) How Long Do My Eyes Need To Be “Stable” Before I’m A Candidate?
The longer, the better! We generally find that candidates over the age of 21 who are out of school and have stable vision for over one year are more likely to see prolonged success.
Still have more questions that we didn’t cover? Write them down and be sure to bring them to your consultation. We’re happy to help answer them!
Like any medical procedure, it’s understandable to have some LASIK concerns. However, we’re here to set your mind at ease!
LASIK Concerns #1: Consciousness
One of the most common questions we receive about the LASIK procedure is the patient’s level of consciousness. Patients need to stay awake during the LASIK procedure. However, EyeLASIK Midland utilizes a specially designed tool that holds your eye open. It also helps to keep your head still during the procedure. Also, the laser technology used by EyeLASIK is designed for precision. It tracks the movement of your eyes movement more than 4,000 times per second. The best part? The actual procedure takes approximately 30 minutes!
LASIK Concerns #2: Pain
Patients are concerned about pain for any surgical procedure. LASIK is no different. However, prior to beginning, your eyes will be numbed with drops. You can expect to feel some pressure, but the actual procedure is pain-free. After LASIK, the most common complaint from patients is a “gritty” feeling and temporary blurry vision. You will be provided post-op prescription drops that have a moisturizing agent. Over-the-counter pain relievers are sufficient to relieve any aching patients experience.
LASIK Concerns #3: Cost
The cost of any procedure can be a sticking point for many patients. However, we offer complimentary consultations to help our potential patient evaluate their options. While the procedure is not covered by traditional insurance, patients with HSA or FSA plans are allowed to used those savings to cover the cost. Be sure to check with your insurance carrier. Additionally, we offer affordable financing options for our patients (subject to credit approval). Interested in finding out more? Just click here!
LASIK Concerns #4: Risk
No matter how simple, there is a level of risk involved with any surgical procedure. LASIK is no different. However, when you choose a reputable surgical center with modern, permanently-installed equipment, you can significantly reduce the chance of complications. Additionally, patients who carefully follow our post-op care guidelines are able to minimize the risk of developing infections.
LASIK Concerns #5: Expectations
You want to see results. Literally. Some patients are nervous about how well the procedure will meet their expectations. However, 92% of patients reach 20/30 or better vision with their procedure. While there is no such thing as “perfect” vision, the majority of patients enjoy a life without glasses or contacts. We discuss many of these factors during your complimentary consultation.
Still have some LASIK concerns? Our LASIK consultations are free. We focus on providing potential patients with as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision about your health. Set yours up today!