How does LASIK work?
LASIK works by changing the shape of your cornea which changes the way images focus on your retina. It’s a two-step process: one laser creates a small flap on the cornea and another type of laser reshapes the corneal surface, all in just a few minutes.
What is the cost of LASIK eye surgery?
Everyone deserves great vision! For this reason, ICON’s LASIK is designed to be affordable for everyone. You will start the process of your LASIK eye surgery with a FREE LASIK consultation to determine candidacy and your customized, all-inclusive treatment package price.
Does insurance cover LASIK?
Because LASIK is considered by most insurance companies an elective surgery, they most likely will not cover the procedure. Our ICON staff, however, is happy to review your employer’s insurance policy to determine if any discounts may be available. We also offer convenient and affordable interest-free financing. Ask us about this at your FREE LASIK consultation.
How long does LASIK take?
On the day of your procedure, plan on being at the center for approximately 2-3 hours. This allows time for the review and signing of your consent forms, arranging payment, and the initial cleaning and anesthetizing of your eye(s). You will be in the LASIK suite of our eye surgery center for about 15 minutes. Following the procedure, you will need to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a brief examination prior to leaving.
Does LASIK hurt?
Laser vision correction is virtually painless. You will be awake during the entire procedure and will be given numbing drops for any possible discomfort. Most patients describe the sensation as a slight pressure. The actual laser treatment takes less than one minute.
Are there risks associated with LASIK?
No surgery is risk-free, but according to an extensive FDA study in 2014, LASIK has an excellent record of visual results, minimal risks/complications and very high patient satisfaction. More than 95% of patients in the study achieved 20/20 vision or better after their procedure and all were very satisfied with their results.
How quickly can I return to normal activities?
Most patients are able to return to normal activities (including driving and working) within 24 hours of having LASIK. We recommend that you take a long nap immediately following your procedure. It is also important to avoid specific activities (swimming, vigorous workouts, rubbing your eyes) for a period of time after your LASIK procedure. Many patients report greatly improved vision as soon as they sit up after the procedure! Many more report significant improvement by their follow-up visit the day after their procedure.
Can I have LASIK if I have astigmatism?
Yes, the vast majority of patients who have astigmatism are great candidates for LASIK. Years ago, this may not have been the case, but due to advances in technology, astigmatism can be treated with LASIK in most cases. Contact us for a FREE LASIK consultation to determine if you are an ideal candidate.
Can I have both eyes done at the same time?
Definitely! Although there is no extra charge for choosing to have separate procedures, most patients like the convenience of having both eyes done at the same time. It is safe and effective to do so.