Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK
Does it hurt?
LASIK is virtually painless. The laser used in this procedure is a “cool laser,” which does not burn but vaporizes a microscopic amount of tissue to reshape the cornea.
Are there risks?
Every surgery has risks, but complications with LASIK are extremely rare – less than 1 percent. Our experienced surgeons thorough preoperative testing and evaluations, continual postoperative care, and the use of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops after surgery all contribute to the safety and success of the procedure.
Will I need to wear glasses after surgery?
Laser vision correction has the potential to greatly reduce or eliminate dependency on glasses, but no surgery guarantees perfection. If you expect perfect vision without glasses, you may be disappointed. However, for most people glasses will be needed only occasionally or not at all. Ninety-eight percent of people are able to drive without glasses after surgery (NOTE* See next question regarding reading without glasses.)
Will I be able to read without glasses after the surgery?
Yes, until around age 45 when Mother Nature takes over. The lenses in your eyes become less flexible as you get older, usually between the ages of 40 to 50 years old. The lens loses its ability to change to the shape necessary for an individual to focus when reading; therefore, reading glasses may be needed. The excimer laser can create a condition called monovision, in which one eye is corrected for distance vision and the other eye is corrected for close vision. You may discuss this option with your physician.
When will I be able to return to work?
Most people will be able to return to work the very next day. It is advisable, for a period of time, to avoid environments in which there are fumes or dust that could be irritating to your eyes.
How much does the surgery cost?
The fee for the IntraLase LASIK procedure is $2495/eye. This fee includes the preoperative evaluation done in our office, the procedure, and the postoperative visits during the first year. Many insurance companies offer a discounted LASIK price. Call one of the refractive surgical counselors, and he or she will be able to verify your eligibility.
Premier Eye Care Group offers a public service discount.
Premier Eye Care Group offers a 20% discount to all firefighters, police officers, teachers and military personnel who receive LASIK by one of our physicians.
Is financing available?
We accept cash, check, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.) You may also choose to finance through your credit union, bank or CareCredit. Enhancement and financing policies may vary depending on the specific insurance plan.
Are enhancements covered in the cost of the initial procedure?
An enhancement is performed if there is an undesirable under- or over-correction in the refraction after the procedure. There is a minimal charge if done within a year of the initial procedure.
What should I do next?
Call our office at 717-232-0843 (East Shore) or 717-761-3077 (West Shore) and schedule a consult with a refractive surgical counselor. You may also schedule a consultation here on our website, just click here. There is no charge for this appointment.
Take that exciting first step … You won’t look back. You’ll look forward to a clearer future!