FAQS ABOUT LASIK
- You may be a candidate for LASIK in Los Angeles at IQ Laser Vision if:
- You’re at least 18 years of age
- Your eyes are generally healthy
- Your vision hasn’t changed or gotten worse in the last 12 months
During a LASIK consultation, your ophthalmologist at IQ Laser Vision in San Marino will ask questions about your eyes and health. They will also extensively examine your eyes.
You will be able to ask any questions you might have about the LASIK experience and how the procedure works.
You can’t guarantee that you’ll have 20/20 vision after LASIK but most patients do end up with 20/20 vision or better after their procedure! What you can look forward to is being able to complete everyday tasks like reading a book, watching a movie, or putting on makeup without needing to worry about wearing glasses or contacts to see. That is life-changing!
As an FDA approved procedure, LASIK is incredibly safe! It’s only continued evolving since its FDA approval, becoming more precise, faster, and performed with increasingly state-of-the-art technology. There has never been a better time to get LASIK than right now. Like any surgical procedure, there are risks that could occur but it’s very rare.
The best way to avoid these risks is to make sure you follow all instructions from your LASIK surgeon at IQ Laser Vision both before and after your procedure. A healthy and safe recovery will ensure that you’ll have vision you’ll love for the rest of your life!
Keep in mind that you will only be able to undergo LASIK if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If LASIK would be unsafe for you, your ophthalmologist would make sure that you were not listed as a good candidate.
The laser does its job in 20-50 seconds per eye. The procedure only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish on each eye.
Expect to be at the offices of IQ Laser Vision for around two hours. This leaves enough time for preparation before your procedure, having numbing eye drops administered, and time to rest after the procedure.
Once you’re cleared, your surgeon will let you go home to begin the LASIK recovery process. You must have someone that can drive you home after LASIK because you cannot drive yourself home.
You won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Your surgeon will give you medicated eye drops so you don’t feel any pain.
The only thing you might feel is a slight pressure. By the time you get home after the procedure, your eyes might be stinging.
Taking a 4-6-hour nap when you get home will help you be more comfortable as your eyes recover.
Yes. When you have LASIK at IQ Laser Vision , many patients have LASIK performed on both eyes on the same day. This is the most common way that LASIK is usually performed on patients.
As our body’s age, usually after 40 years old, we experience a decline in the quality of our vision, typically up close (reading) vision is affected. This age-related problem is called Presbyopia, which is due to a weakening of the lens within the eye. Click here for more information on Presbyopia and vision correction options. By age 60 many individuals may experience Cataracts, a condition in which clouding of the natural lens inside of the eye affects our overall vision. Individuals affected by Cataracts require a special lens procedure to correct their vision. Those affected by cataracts typically experience vision issues like decreased visual clarity, cloudy vision or find it difficult to drive at night. Click here, for more information on Cataracts and correction options.
Your vision will change later in life regardless of whether you have had laser eye surgery or not. The goal of laser eye surgery is to provide clear vision and eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses for your current vision impairment. Laser eye surgery is very effective in providing clear vision by permanently correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. After your laser eye surgery, it can take about 3 to 6 months for your eyes to heal and completely adjust to your new vision. Included with each laser eye surgery is our 1-year Commitment Promise, which includes 1 year of follow-up appointments to monitor your vision during your healing process and to ensure your vision stabilizes at its best corrected visual acuity. Also included is an enhancement procedure, if necessary. We find that our statistics at IQ Laser Vision , less than 1% of laser eye surgery patients require more than one procedure to achieve their best corrected visual acuity.
During the procedure, we will ask you to focus on a blurry, blinking red light. Immediately after the procedure the red light should become much clearer, and you should notice an improvement in your vision.
This is a common fear many patients have and we are very aware of this. At IQ Laser Vision , we use the latest vision correction technology to reduce the actual laser treatment time required and therefore minimizing the time you need to remain still. Focusing on the laser light is also important and Dr. Lin will talk you through the entire process. Many patients only require a few seconds of treatment. If for any reason there is eye movement, our lasers are equipped with laser eye trackers that follow your eye during the procedure to deliver the treatment accurately. They are also designed to stop instantly if necessary. To minimize blinking, your eye will be numbed by an aesthetic drop and a small device called a speculum is gently placed to hold your eye lids open. We welcome you to come observe an actual procedure at our viewing room to ease any additional fears you may have and to also witness how simple and quick the actual process is.
You’ll most likely be able to go back to your normal activities the day after the procedure. In fact, you’ll probably notice the improvement in your vision a day or two post-surgery!
You’ll need to avoid any strenuous physical activity for a few weeks after surgery. Your eye doctor will let you know when it’s safe to complete these activities again.
Most likely not. For most patients, LASIK improves their vision, allowing them to no longer need to wear glasses or contacts.
You won’t need to wear glasses most of the time. But in some situations, you may still need glasses to see clearly.
At IQ Laser Vision , we offer Custom Micro-LASIK®, this flap technique can be created with either a microkeratome or an all laser method using the Zeimer Z6 Femtosecond LASER. Both techniques create a flap between 90-110 microns and use the same custom laser for treatment. Our experience in using either technique for our patients have provided similar and excellent results.
Over 20 million people worldwide, including our surgeon Dr. Lin, have had laser eye surgery since it was introduced decades ago. Long-term side effects are very rare, but understanding the risks of laser eye surgery is important. As mentioned above, there are a few common side effects associated with laser eye surgery but are typically short-term, including dry eyes and halos/glare. In extremely rare cases where the stromal bed is below 250 microns (0.25mm), the cornea can become unstable and require other procedures to strengthen and reshape it. At IQ Laser Vision , we measure the corneal thickness during the surgery to ensure that we maintain at least 275 microns in the stromal bed. With the Custom Micro-LASIK® thin flap technique we usually have more than 350 microns in the stromal bed for greater stability and decreased potential for any long-term side effects.
Yes, with our Custom Micro-LASIK® technology we are able to treat up to -6.00 diopters of astigmatism.
The exact cost of LASIK surgery varies depending on factors such as:
- Where you live
- What condition your eyes are in
- Where you’re having the procedure done
- How strong your prescription is