LASIK/ PRK FAQs in Culpeper & Fredericksburg, VA

What is LASIK?

LASIK is laser eye surgery intended treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism and reduce the dependency on contact lenses and eye glasses.

Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

At your free consultation with Dr. Jani, he will determine if you are a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction. Some attributes for good candidacy include:

  • Adequate corneal thickness and corneal curvature
  • Stable eye prescription for at least 12 months
  • Good physical and ocular health
  • Realistic expectations about your visual outcome and results
  • Understand the risks and benefits of Laser Vision Correction
What if I find out I am not a good candidate for LASIK, what are my other options?

Depending on your exam and the health of your eye, Dr. Jani will provide you with the best possible treatment options available. Surgeons do not recommend LASIK for people with thin corneas or moderately dry eyes; instead PRK may be a better option. In order to find out which options are best for your specific condition, Vista Eye offers complimentary evaluations. To schedule an evaluation, call 888-393-5264 today.

Should I consider PRK Instead of LASIK?

Surgeons generally recommend PRK for people with thin corneas or moderately dry eyes.

Other reasons may be concern for trauma to the eye after laser vision correction due to occupational hazards or the desire to have laser vision correction with no corneal flap.

What is the Difference Between LASIK and PRK?

LASIK involves creating a corneal flap and shaping the cornea, while no flap is created during PRK. PRK does not involve the creation of a corneal flap so there may be more discomfort and a slower visual recovery. Unlike LASIK, PRK does not create the risk of a dislocated corneal flap which can occur (especially with trauma), at any time after LASIK.

What are the benefits of LASIK?

Laser vision correction is highly successful in reducing nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The majority of patients achieve excellent visual acuity which allows them to reduce the dependency for glasses to drive, play sports, enjoy outdoor activities, and watch TV. Most patients can return to work or normal activity the day after LASIK surgery.

What are the associated risks with LASIK?

All surgeries include potential risks. It is important that you become fully informed regarding the procedure before making a decision regarding laser vision correction. Risks of serious vision–threatening complications are rare. The procedure has been performed on over 10 million patients worldwide with excellent long term results and few serious problems. Some risks of the procedure include under-correction and over-correction which can be improved with an enhancement procedure, infection, haze, glare, dry eye, and flap irregularity.

How long Does the procedure take?

The LASIK procedure itself lasts about 10-20 minutes; however, plan on being at the office for about 1-1/2-2 hours on the day of your procedure.

How many post operative appointments are there?

Generally for LASIK and PRK, post operative appointments are 1 day, 1 week, 3 months, and 1 year. Follow up appointments related to surgery are included in the cost of the procedure for 1 year.

When can I go back to work?

Generally, most LASIK patients can go back to work the next day. If you have PRK, you may need to take a few additional days off.

Will I still need reading glasses?

If you are in your mid 40s and are wearing reading glasses prior to LASIK surgery, then yes, you will still have to wear reading glasses after the procedure. Anyone under the age of 40, who has LASIK, will still need reading glasses in the future when they reach their early to mid 40s. If you are around the age of 50 and would like to reduce your dependence on reading glasses, there may be other options, like premium IOLs available to you.

Can I use my Flex spending OR cafeteria plan?

Yes, both flex spending and cafeteria plan. Generally, you will pay for your procedure up front and then your company will reimburse you for the cost of the procedure.

Is Financing Available?

Yes. Vista Eye Specialists offers a variety of payment options. Please call us toll free at 888-393-5264 for more details and to find out about our interest free financing options.