LASIK Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out if I'm a candidate for LASIK?
Michiana Eye Center offers free LASIK screenings for patients to find out if they are a good candidate for LASIK. The screenings are at no charge and can last a few minutes up to an hour depending on the questions that you have. Once a patient finds out that they are indeed a good candidate for LASIK, the next step is setting up an examination with the surgeon.
Does insurance cover LASIK?
Some insurance plans offer a discount towards the LASIK but there are none that cover it completely. Check your plan to see if you have a discount available to you.
Will I ever have to wear glasses again after LASIK?
In most cases patients are able to see at distance with no glasses. Some patients may have a slight need for a small prescription in certain situations like driving at night in an unfamiliar area or watching a football game from the top of the arena.
Does LASIK correct the need for bifocals?
No. The need for a bifocal happens because of aging changes in the lens of the eye. LASIK will not prevent this aging change. Everyone, depending on how their eyes age, will need bifocals at some point in their life, usually in their 40's or 50's.
When do I need to stop wearing my contact lenses?
Contact lenses should be discontinued at least two weeks prior to the exam with the ophthalmologist and then kept out of the eyes up through the surgery date. This allows the doctor to make the surgical measurements when the cornea is in its most natural state.
I was told that my corneas are too thin for LASIK so I will need PRK. What does this mean?
When a patient has LASIK, a flap is made in the cornea and the treatment is made to the middle layer of the cornea and then the flap is laid back down. This allows the patient to have good usable vision right away and minimal discomfort. When a patient has corneas that are too thin for LASIK in some cases a surface treatment called PRK (photo refractive keratectomy) can be performed to the outermost layer of the cornea. The end point is the same as LASIK, less prescription and better uncorrected vision, but there is some initial discomfort and blurry vision while the epithelium of the cornea heals.