Frequently Asked LASIK Questions
What is refractive surgery?
Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a refractive surgical procedure performed to eliminate and/or reduce the need for glasses and contacts. A cool beam laser is used to reshape the corneal surface to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
Clear vision in a normal eye is the result of light rays passing through the cornea, pupil and lens and focusing directly upon the retina.
This occurs when the cornea is too curved or the eye is too long. This causes light to focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurry distance vision.
This occurs when the cornea is too flat in relation to the length of the eye. This causes light to focus at a point beyond the retina, resulting in blurry close vision and sometimes blurry distance vision.
This occurs when the cornea is shaped like a football, more curved in one direction than the other, and often occurs with nearsightedness and farsightedness. This causes light not to focus on any point, resulting in blurry and distorted vision.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for refractive surgery?
The Eye Laser Center of Northern Colorado offers free LASIK Consultations. After a thorough eye exam, your surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate. Many factors go into the determination of candidacy, including healthy corneas, a stable prescription for at least one year and an age of at least 18 years.
Does it hurt?
LASIK surgery is virtually painless. Your eyes are numbed with anesthetic eye drops before the procedure. Some patients feel a pressure sensation during the procedure. We can prescribe relaxation medication before the procedure for patients who are feeling anxious.
What are the risks?
As with any medical procedure, some risks are involved with LASIK surgery. Risks for LASIK surgery include but are not limited to: glare, halos, dry eye, vision loss, under-correction, over-correction, need for glasses after surgery and infection. During your consultation, your surgeon can talk in depth about the risks associated with laser vision correction.
For LASIK risk information, click here.
How long is the recovery period?
Most people are able to resume their normal activities the next day following LASIK.
Will insurance pay for laser vision correction?
Most insurance companies do not pay for LASIK surgery. At the Eye Laser Center of Northern Colorado, we offer financing options to help you afford LASIK and get the best vision possible.
Are there any side effects?
For the first 2-4 hours after LASIK surgery, you may experience light sensitivity, tearing or a mild stinging sensation. Dry eyes can be a temporary side effect, which can be decreased with the use of artificial tears.
Will I need reading glasses if I am over 40?
LASIK can reduce the need for reading glasses with Monovision but there may be occasions when reading glasses are necessary. With Monovision correction one eye is corrected for distance vision and the other eye is corrected for near vision. During your free LASIK Consultation, your doctor can demonstrate what Monovision would look like based on your prescription.
Will I be able to blink my eye during the procedure?
No. A painless device is used to hold your eyelids open, which will prevent you from blinking. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes per eye, so discomfort is minimal. Our Contoura™ Vision technology also has eye tracking software that controls the laser at a speed 5 times faster than your eye movement, ensuring no issues during eye movement during your procedure.
What if I move my eye?
The VISX Star System will track you eye movement for excellent centration. The Eye Laser Center of Northern Colorado also incorporates Iris Registration (IR) technology into your treatment. IR greatly reduces any problem that might be incurred by involuntary eye movement during treatment.
How much does it cost?
The cost of LASIK depends on the technology being used. Be wary of discount LASIK providers who offer LASIK for less than $600 per eye. These centers often use inferior technology, have inexperienced surgeons and charge extra for services normally included in the overall LASIK price. Call us today or click here to schedule your consultation today to get your custom LASIK quote.
When do I pay?
Payment is due in full the day of your procedure. The Eye Laser Center of Northern Colorado accepts cash, check and most major credit cards.
Do you have a financing plan?
Yes. If full payment cannot be made at the time of service, we offer the following payment options for balances over $200:
- 90 days same as cash
- 3 equal payments to be received monthly for non-elective procedures
If your balance is over $1,000, you can choose to utilize financing options provided by CareCredit® or through any institution of your choice.
To make LASIK affordable, we offer special 0% interest-free LASIK financing for 24 months.
If you have any questions, please call the Patient Accounts Department directly at 970-419-2662.
Can I use my flexible spending or cafeteria plan money to pay for laser vision correction?
Yes. You can use your pre-tax dollars to pay for LASIK surgery. However, we suggest you come in for a free LASIK Consultation to determine if you are a candidate before you set aside your pre-tax dollars.
What if I need an enhancement?
If you and your surgeon decide an enhancement is necessary, a second laser treatment will be done at no charge if it is within two years of your original procedure.
Can my optometrist perform refractive surgery?
Only medical doctors are licensed to perform laser vision correction. However, your optometrist can manage your consultation, pre-op and post-op care while your surgeon will perform your surgery. We work closely with optometrists from Southern Colorado to Northern Wyoming. We value the relationship with your optometrist and will work with them to make sure LASIK is easy and stress free for you!
What is the next step?
Call our Laser Vision Coordinator to schedule your free LASIK Consultation at (970) 221-2343, or contact us online.