FAQs

Questions

  1. How much does LASIK cost?
  2. Should I wait for LASIK prices to drop?
  3. Why should I choose a surgeon who uses the latest All-Laser LASIK technology?
  4. What are the benefits of LASIK?
  5. What are the risks of LASIK?
  6. Will I be completely glasses-free after LASIK?
  7. Is LASIK painful?
  8. How many days will I have to take off work?
  9. What if I blink during the procedure?
  10. How do I choose the right LASIK surgeon?

Answers

Q. How much does LASIK cost?
A. LASIK at Cleveland Clinic Sugarbush Eye and Laser Centre ranges in price, depending on the type of technology that is used. If you are comparing different LASIK centers, make sure you are comparing apples-to-apples…not all LASIK centers implement advanced technologies. For pricing, please call 419-289-6466 and ask to speak to a refractive surgery coordinator.

Q. Should I wait for LASIK prices to drop?
A. We don’t expect the cost of LASIK to drop anytime soon; LASIK technology simply doesn’t come cheap. However, the one-time cost of LASIK is often more cost-effective in the long run than the ongoing expenses of glasses and contacts. If the financial aspect of LASIK is holding you back, meet with us to discuss the affordable payment options we offer.

Q. Why should I choose a surgeon who uses the latest All-Laser LASIK technology?
A. LASIK can be performed in many different ways, using different technology. The latest advancements have made the procedure safer and more effective than ever before. Some LASIK centers will advertise LASIK at very low rates, but they may use older technologies that are not as effective. Make sure you know exactly what type of technology your surgeon is using and the vision success rate he/she has experienced for patients.

Q. What are the benefits of LASIK?
A. Besides the obvious benefit of possibly freeing you from glasses or contacts, the advanced All-Laser LASIK technologies we use provide:

Fast visual recovery
Little or no discomfort
Lower risk of haze, glare and halos

Q. What are the risks of LASIK?
A. All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Advanced LASIK technologies have helped to lessen the chance for complications, and having an experienced surgeon like Dr. Gupta also increases your odds for success. Potential complications of LASIK include:

Glare and halos
Dry eyes
Corneal scarring
Persistent eye pain or discomfort
Difficulty seeing in dim light
Need for additional surgeries or glasses for residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
Vision loss

Q. Will I be completely glasses-free after LASIK?
A. No surgeon can guarantee 20/20 vision after LASIK; however, many patients are able to eliminate their need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. Having successful LASIK does not mean that your eyesight will stay the same forever. Your eyes are constantly changing, especially after you turn age 40 when most people develop presbyopia (the need for reading glasses). This is a natural condition that occurs when the natural lens of your eye becomes less flexible, causing difficulty seeing up-close. So, you may require reading glasses at some point in your life after LASIK. Other eye conditions may also lead to the need for glasses in the future.

Q. Is LASIK painful?
A. Most patients are amazed to feel only a slight pressure on their eyes during the first step of the procedure and mild discomfort after the procedure. We tell patients that LASIK is virtually pain-free; however, if you are feeling very anxious before the procedure, we can prescribe relaxation medication.

Q. How many days will I have to take off work?
A. LASIK is performed as an outpatient procedure. You will go home the same day and will return the following day for your first post-op appointment. Most of our patients take just 1-2 days off work, even though they typically start seeing better immediately after the procedure. It might take up to one month for your eyes to stabilize completely after LASIK.

Q. What if I blink during the procedure?
A. In order for LASIK to be successful, the laser must remain directly in the targeted area of the cornea. Our eyes make involuntary jumping movements (called saccadic movements) which can complicate the operation; however, the advanced LASIK technology we use, the VISX™ STAR S4 IR Excimer Laser, incorporates the use of infrared 3-D eye tracking technology. The laser detects and compensates for small eye movements by guiding the laser beam to keep it centered precisely over the treatment area. No need to worry!

Q. How do I choose the right LASIK surgeon?
A. Invest time to research different LASIK surgeons in your area. Look for one who has extensive experience and a proven track record of success. Make sure he/she offers free LASIK Evaluations and uses the latest LASIK technology. Visit the LASIK center to make sure you feel comfortable in the surgical setting and comfortable with the entire staff. Finally, make sure that all of your questions are answered satisfactorily – don’t be shy in asking your surgeon tough questions! We encourage you to schedule your free comprehensive LASIK Evaluation to see if our center is the right match for your needs.

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