How soon after my LASIK procedure until my vision improves?
Vision without glasses typically improves immediately in most people and reaches a level for comfortable driving in the first 24 hours. Some patients with large corrections can take longer to get their best vision. Be sure to ask Dr. Limberg what you can expect post operatively for your correction.
How do I know if I'm eligible for laser vision correction?
Most patients with glasses or contact lenses are good candidates for LASIK. Astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness are all readily correctable if the patients eyes are healthy. However, some people have eye disorders which exclude them from having safe and reliable LASIK. Many of these patients are candidates for different types of vision correcting surgery.
When can I go back to work?
Most patients can safely return to work the day after surgery.
When can I resume wearing makeup?
Face makeup can be worn the day after surgery. Eye liner, mascara and eyeshadow are best avoided for at least one week and preferably two. Be sure to buy new eye makeup to reduce the risk of infection.
What does LASIK cost?
The average Lasik costs about $2100 per eye in the United States.
What are the most common side effects?
Some patients experience dry eyes postoperatively and this is usually treated with lubricating eye drops. Some patients notice glare, especially night glare in the early postoperative period. Both of these complaints improve on their own with time and are much less common than they were in the early days of LASIK. In fact, most patients have the same or less night glare after custom LASIK than they did preoperatively with glasses or contacts. Patients with severe dry eye should consider a procedure other than LASIK.
Does LASIK hurt?
No. The doctor numbs your eyes with eyedrops before the surgery. Most patients report not feeling the laser treatment at all when the prescription is being sculpted onto the eye. There is a lid speculum placed on the eyelids to keep them open and to prevent blinking during the surgery, which if you squeeze against will cause a pressure sensation which lasts only while you are squeezing.
Who absolutely cannot have LASIK surgery?
Patients under the age of 18 years, nursing and pregnant mothers. Some eye diseases can also exclude you from having LASIK. Ask Dr. Limberg for specifics about your eyes during a complimentary screening.