Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
This is the most asked LASIK question. We recommend you come in for a free evaluation with our refractive counselor. Our refractive counselor and staff will discuss your particular situation and help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. At Tirupati Eye Center, our goal is to provide you the vision procedure that is right for you!
Are all patients who wear glasses and contacts candidates for LASIK?
Most patients who wear glasses are good candidates for LASIK. Patients with virtually every degree of nearsightedness are enjoying good outcomes with LASIK. We are able to treat mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For more extreme nearsightedness and farsightedness, lens implants may be an option. Our counselor will discuss this procedure with you during your free evaluation.
How long will the procedure actually take?
The time in the surgery suite with the doctor is 15 to 20 minutes. The actual laser treatment time is approximately one minute per eye.
Is the laser painful?
The procedure itself is not painful since medication is administered to make you feel comfortable. Post operatively, most patients experience little or no discomfort. After the procedure, your eyes may feel scratchy, gritty, or watery. These are temporary symptoms and are not a problem for most patients.
What kind of vision can I expect the day after surgery?
Many patients notice improved vision immediately after the procedure. Most patients are functional without their corrective lenses at the one day post operative exam. Patients continue to see a gradual increase in their visual acuity during the first five to seven days after the procedure.
Can both eyes be done at the same time?
Because of the advanced technology associated with Laser Vision Correction, both eyes are most often treated at the same time. It is possible that the second eye may be done anywhere from one day to a few days to months after the first eye. This can be discussed with your eye doctor.
Do the results last?
Refractive surgery, or Laser Vision Correction, is considered to be a permanent procedure. However, refractive surgery will not prevent any age related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts, and they would be treated in their normal matter.
How much work will I miss?
Most patients return to their normal activities the day after the procedure. The refractive counselor can give you more details on what you can expect when you come in for an evaluation.
What are the restrictions following surgery?
You must wear a protective shield the first night following surgery. You should not swim or get water in your eye for one week after surgery, although bathing and showering are fine. All other activities, including exercise, may be resumed on the first day following surgery. No sweating!
What side effects are typical?
Your vision will fluctuate during the few days following the surgery. You may notice some glare around lights at night during the first 2 weeks. Dry eye is extremely common and usually dissipates after 2 weeks. Light sensitivity is typical during the first week and goes away by a month or less. The eyes may feel tired at night and tender to touch for about a month after surgery.
What are the risks of surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, LASIK carries some risk of complications. Risks include an infection which could damage your cornea and result in loss of vision, although this is extremely unlikely. As part of your evaluation for the procedure, we will give you an informed consent document which details potential risks and complications of surgery.
When will my vision stabilize?
The miracle of Wavelight guided LASIK is the quick return of vision, again usually that same day after your first nap. LASIK typically stabilizes very quickly. Our results thus far indicate that there is little or no change after the 2 week postoperative examination. Patients with large amounts of astigmatism or nearsightedness may take up to 6 weeks to stabilize.
How often will I see the doctor following my surgery?
Your postoperative appointments will be scheduled:
- One day
- One week
- One month
- Three months
- And six months (optional)