Frequently Asked LASIK Questions

Q: What is LASIK?
A: LASIK is a procedure that improves vision by changing the shape of the cornea with a laser. This procedure is a very effective treatment for a wide range of vision problems. LASIK continues to grow in popularity and is the number one elective surgery in the country.

Q: How long has LASIK been performed?
A: LASIK has been performed internationally for over 10 years. The first clinical trial was performed in the U.S. in 1995. Ophthalmologists have been reshaping the cornea to correct visual errors for over 50 years, creating a protective layer of tissue for over 35 years, and using the Excimer laser since the 1980s.

Q: Who can LASIK benefit?
A: LASIK will benefit those patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. LASIK candidates should want to be less dependent on corrective lenses and willing to accept the risks associated with LASIK surgery.

Q: What results can I expect from LASIK?
A: At one year after the VISX CustomVue procedure:

* 100% of the clinical study participants could pass a driving test without glasses or contacts
* 98% of the clinical study participants could see 20/20 or better without glasses or contacts
* 70% of the clinical study participants could see 20/16 or better without glasses or contacts
* Four times as many clinical study participants were very satisfied with their night vision after the VISX CustomVue procedure, compared to their night vision before with glasses or contacts.
* FDA clinical results for Low to Moderate Myopia, Up to -6.0 D MRSE with or without astigmatism up to -3.0 DC

Q: Are the results from LASIK permanent?
A: The effects of LASIK are permanent. However, some patients may experience changes in their vision and could require an enhancement. Topeka LASIK Center performs a thorough exam and screens out patients whom might have unstable prescriptions.

Q: If I have LASIK and my vision changes later in life, can it be redone?
A: An enhancement can be done most of the time to finely tune a patient’s vision. You need to consult with our doctor to determine which option is best for you.

Q: Am I awake during the procedure?
A: Yes. The doctor will give you a mild sedative such as Valium or Xanax. Then the doctor applies topical anesthetic (eye drops) to numb the eye. The entire procedure takes less than 5 minutes per eye.

Q: Does LASIK hurt?
A: Because patients are given eye drops to numb the eye, you will experience no pain during the procedure. However, some patients have mild discomfort after the procedure, but usually no pain. When the surgeon applies the vacuum ring, the patient experiences a sensation of pressure. The instrument surgeons use to create the flap, and the laser does not cause any pain. For several hours after the procedure, many patients describe a mild burning sensation, such as after opening the eyes while swimming in chlorinated water. After the first few hours, this feeling usually subsides.

Q: Will I need to wear glasses ever again?
A: Most patients do not have to use glasses during their daily life. However, patients over the age of 40 will sometimes need to wear reading glasses for near and intermediate vision. This is caused by the normal aging of the eye (Presbyopia) and occurs with or without LASIK.

Q: Is LASIK for me?
A: Depending on your particular circumstances and prescription, some of the other vision correction options may better suit your unique visual needs. Based on a thorough evaluation of your eyes, we’ll be able to know if the procedure is right for you. If you’ve been considering LASIK, let’s go ahead and schedule your Free Consultation with Dr. F and our staff at Topeka LASIK Center.