LASIK Surgery FAQ


iLASIK Surgery Specialists

1. What is the iLASIK procedure?
It is an all-laser vision correction procedure that uses proprietary technology to measure the unique characteristics of your eye and provide a completely customized correction for exceptional visual clarity.
LASIK with iLASIK technologies have been used in over 15 million procedures worldwide.

2. How does the iLASIK procedure work?
There are three steps to the iLASIK procedure:
A detailed 3-D map of the unique visual imperfections of your eye is created using wavefront eye-mapping technology that is 25x more precise than the measurements used to write a standard prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
• Step 1: Creating Your Eye Map
An ultra-fast laser creates a thin flap to prepare your cornea for your personalized wavefront vision correction.
• Step 2: Preparing Your Eye
In this final step, an ultra-precise laser gently reshapes your cornea to the desired curvature, based on the digital information from your personalized eye map measurements.
• Step 3: Delivering Your Personalized Treatment

3. How do I know if the iLASIK procedure is right for me?
The iLASIK procedure helps people do the things they love to do without the
hassle of contacts or glasses.
It is FDA approved to correct mild to severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, and all types of astigmatism. If you meet the following conditions, it’s likely you are an excellent candidate for the iLASIK procedure:
• Be at least 21 years of age and have refractive error.
• Have healthy eyes that are free from eye disease or corneal abnormality (e.g.,
scar, infection, etc.).
• Have documented evidence that your refraction did not change by more than
0.50 to 1 diopters during the year before your pre-operative examination. • Be informed of LASIK risks and benefits as compared to other available
treatments for your refractive error.
• Be able to lie flat without difficulty.
• Be able to tolerate local or topical anesthesia.
• Be willing to sign an informed consent form as provided by your eye care
professional.
• Be able to keep your eye accurately on the fixation light for the entire laser
surgical procedure.
A certified iLASIK doctor can tell you with greater certainty whether the iLASIK procedure is right for you.

4. Is the iLASIK procedure safe?
iLASIK technologies have been used in more than 15 million vision correction procedures worldwide. In fact, NASA astronauts and US aviators are able to have laser vision correction surgery today because of studies validating the safety and effectiveness of the technologies.
Talk to your doctor about the risks of this procedure. Side effects may include but are not limited to:
• Eye dryness
• Reduction of vision or the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after
surgery
• Visual disturbances such as halos, glare, starbursts, ghost images and other visual symptoms
Complications from the iLASIK procedure usually can be successfully managed medically or with follow-up care. The frequency and severity of complications vary, depending on how much nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism you have prior to the procedure and other factors.

5. How much does the iLASIK procedure cost?
By choosing the iLASIK procedure, you are making a solid investment that pays dividends in glasses-free vision for years to come and offers significant long- term savings compared to contact lens wear.
For example, the average 25-year-old will spend roughly $30,000 on contacts and contact lens care (including contact lens exam, lenses and supplies) by age 50, compared with an iLASIK procedure fee range of $4,200-$5,000 ($2,100- $2,500 per eye). This calculation excludes the routine eye exam required after LASIK.
Most certified iLASIK doctors offer attractive financing options to make the iLASIK procedure easy on your pocketbook/wallet, and there are financing options available outside the doctor’s practice as well.
You also might be eligible to pay a portion of the cost or the entire procedure fee using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or vision insurance.

6. Where can I find an iLASIK doctor?
There are many iLASIK centers throughout the United States, and chances are there may be a number of doctors near you. Use our iLASIK Doctor Locator to find iLASIK doctors in your area, request a consultation, and choose a doctor who is right for you.

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