Here are some of the common questions about LASIK that people in Charlotte are asking:
How much does it cost?
What are All Laser LASIK, OptiLASIK, Intra-LASIK, I-LASIK and Z-LASIK?
Is LASIK painful?
What is WaveFront Technology?
Why is corneal thickness and mapping important?
What is PRK?
How long does LASIK take?
How do I keep my eye open and what if it moves?
Will anything cover my eyes after the LASIK procedure?
How long does it take for my vision to recover?
What is the success rate for LASIK?
Can LASIK correct my reading vision?
What are Restor®, ReZoom™ and Crystalens®?
What are the possible complications and side effects of laser vision correction?
What would exclude me from LASIK surgery?
Question: How much does it cost?
This is one of the most common questions about LASIK. At Charlotte’s Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we believe in an honest and straightforward pricing policy and offer many options to make the procedure affordable for most candidates including financing with low monthly payments. Bargain pricing ads for LASIK are optical illusions. “Bait and switch” is an unethical way of providing health care and you will not find any “small print” or “starting at” prices at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists. We firmly believe that our pricing is competitive when comparing similar technology and that we provide a level of service, technology, and experience that are unmatched in the region. Please view our video to learn more about LASIK pricing.
Be careful when comparing prices. With the technological advancements in laser vision correction, not all practices provide the best available lasers. We also continually reinvest in the latest technology rather than discounting our services and then having to cut corners. Under some circumstances, your medical insurance may offer a nominal LASIK discount. If you think that is applicable to you, please bring it to our attention at the time of your consultation.
We do not charge more for high prescriptions or astigmatism.
Question: What are All Laser LASIK, OptiLASIK, Intra-LASIK, I-LASIK and Z-LASIK?
All Laser LASIK, OptiLASIK, IntraLASIK, I-LASIK and Z-LASIK are similar in that no blade (keratome) is used as part of the procedure. All of these techniques create a flap of tissue with a laser, thereby avoiding some of the risks of blade LASIK. IntraLASIK or I-LASIK are the same and has been available since 2002. The technology behind IntraLASIK has been upgraded a few times since 2002 but the basics are still the same. Z-LASIK is a competing brand which was more recently introduced and with a limited track record.
Opti-LASIK is a combination of advanced technology that utilizes the Wavelight FS200 (FDA approved in 2010) to create the corneal flap and the Wavelight Allegretto Eye-Q to correct vision.
To complete the All Laser LASIK procedure, Dr. Mozayeni uses the latest and most advanced excimer laser technology the Allegretto Wave ® Eye-Q (OptiLASIK). This component was chosen to not only provide the best immediate results for our patients, but to also ensure a long-lasting result with uncompromising safety. In addition, we utilize the most advanced Pentacam® corneal mapping system and Wavefront analysis on everyone during the consultation.
Question: Is LASIK painful?
Shortly after arriving in our office on the day of your procedure, you will be offered an oral sedative for relaxation and to allow you to take a short nap afterwards. All patients receive topical numbing drops so the process is comfortable. There is usually a pressure feeling during the procedure that lasts less than 30 seconds per eye. Afterwards there is usually a short period of burning, tearing and irritation that usually does not last more than 3 hours.
Question: What is WaveFront Technology?
Wavefront is a term used in our industry to indicate a more customized treatment utilizing mapping information in addition to standard prescription information. There are different categories of Wavefront technology including Wavefront guided and Wavefront optimized, both of which are offered by Dr. Mozayeni. The difference is very technical and is best explained in person depending on your personal evaluation. A thorough corneal mapping evaluation and your complete examination will help us determine if you need Wavefront technology and what kind.
Dr. Mozayeni is the first Cornea Specialist in the region to combine both All Laser LASIK and Wavefront technology, and currently the only surgeon in the area to offer both the WaveLight FS200 and Allegretto Eye-Q (OptiLASIK).
Question: Why is corneal thickness and mapping important?
The thickness of a person’s cornea contributes to its strength and ability to maintain its shape. Over decades of worldwide experience LASIK surgeons have determined that a minimum cornea thickness is necessary in order to avoid long-term complications after laser vision correction. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists we believe this is crucial and our technology allows us to provide the safest form of laser vision correction today. Dr. Mozayeni uses a LASIK Suite with the two most advanced FDA-approved lasers, the WaveLight FS200 and the WaveLight Allegretto Eye-Q lasers. This combination allows for the maximum conservation of your corneal thickness, thus optimizing long-term safety.
In addition we were the first practice in the area to offer the Pentacam® corneal mapping device. This mapping device is considered the best available in the world and replaced the Orbscan system at Providence Eye & Laser Specialists in 2005. Most other practices still utilize this older Orbscan system.
Question: What is PRK?
PRK is an acronym (abbreviation) for Photo-Refractive-Keratectomy and can be called no-flap LASIK. Dr. Mozayeni uses the same laser technology used for OptiLASIK (All-Laser, blade-free LASIK) to correct vision using this method, except that no corneal flap is created. It is considered the preferred method of vision correction in about 25% of our patients. Results are equal to OptiLASIK for most people even though recovery is a little slower. After your thorough evaluation, we will discuss this in more detail if this is the preferred method for your situation.
Question: How long does LASIK take?
The actual time you will be in our laser suite is approximately 10 minutes or 5 minutes per eye. Due to the time needed to complete documents, review instructions, and re-check some of information necessary to program the lasers, plan on spending about 1 to 1 1/2 hours at our facility on the day of your procedure.
Question: How do I keep my eye open and what if it moves?
During the procedure you do not have to worry about keeping your eye open. After instilling numbing eye drops a device is used to gently keep it open when necessary. Each eye is kept open for only 2 to 3 minutes. Our lasers also have sophisticated eye tracking systems and will move the laser treatment with even the slightest eye movement. The Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q Laser has the fastest eye tracker of all lasers and will move the laser treatment with your eye movement to assure a more predictable result and give you further peace of mind. Watch this video to learn more on the procedure as well as other questions you may have.
Question: Will anything cover my eyes after the LASIK procedure?
Clear plastic shields are placed over the eye(s) and protective sunglasses are provided to you. The shields should be worn until the day after your procedure. Additionally, they should be worn for 3 to 5 more nights or whenever you are sleeping.
Question: How long does it take for my vision to recover?
Recovery of vision with OptiLASIK is quite rapid but varies from person to person. Most people will be able to function well within 24 to 48 hours. There is some fluctuation in vision for the first few weeks depending on the severity of your prescription, your age, other health issues, and how much dryness you experience afterward. This will be discussed with you on an individual basis at the time of your free consultation. The recovery is somewhat slower with the PRK procedure and will be reviewed with you in detail if applicable.
Question: What is the success rate for LASIK?
The success of your procedure is dependent on many factors. A thorough examination and evaluation is necessary before specific success rates can be determined. Almost all mild to moderately nearsighted patients obtain 20/20 or better uncorrected vision under the care of Dr. Mozayeni and Providence Eye & Laser Specialists. We feel strongly that the personal attention provided to every patient combined with the best technology is one of the many reasons why our results are so outstanding. It is important to note that even though not everyone achieves 20/20 results, those that don’t typically still have good results, and can usually get to that point with a second correction known as an enhancement.
Question: Can LASIK correct my reading vision?
OptiLASIK can be utilized to correct both distance and near vision in many circumstances. Many patients under the age of 40 choose to have both eyes for distance and will still be able to see at near. For those of us lucky enough to age, there are some good options for eliminating reading glasses, including monovision OptiLASIK. If, and only if you have cataracts or the onset of cataracts Dr. Mozayeni may refer you to a specialists to investigate a lens replacement procedure such as Restor®, Rezoom™, or Crystalens® technology. Dr. Mozayeni does NOT recommend this type of procedure if you have healthy eyes.
Question: What are Restor®, ReZoom™ and Crystalens®?
These are brand names of artificial lens implants used as part of lens replacement surgery, otherwise known as cataract surgery. These implants are designed to provide a combination of distance and near vision in each eye but especially when working together. Each brand has some advantages and disadvantages and work on different principles. If your evaluation or age indicates you may have a cataract, then this may be the procedure of choice for you and will be discussed if appropriate.
Question: What are the possible complications and side effects of laser vision correction?
Although complications are rare, most are related to the corneal flap in traditional blade LASIK. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, we have been performing blade free LASIK since the beginning of 2003 which has proven to eliminate 95% of these rare complications. Nevertheless, no surgical procedure is risk free and a thorough discussion will take place during your evaluation. Common side effects include glare and halos in dim light or nighttime, as well as a sensation of dryness. In most circumstances these side effects are temporary and it is our thorough evaluation that will determine your specific risk. The most effective way to reduce risk is to have a thorough and meticulous evaluation at our facility, and for us to turn you away from the procedure if you are less than an ideal candidate.
Question: Why would I not be a good candidate for LASIK?
Evaluating the shape and structural integrity of your corneas utilizing our advanced Pentacam® system is critical to a thorough and accurate evaluation. You must also be over the age of 18, but more importantly your prescription must be stable. Your eyes should be generally healthy and your corrective prescription needs to be within a certain range although we can treat people with high levels of astigmatism and very high corrections that may have been denied years ago. Some eye problems, health problems and medications may also exclude you from having this procedure. Other important factors that will be evaluated during your examination include tear production, corneal thickness, and pupil size. Each patient is accessed individually to see if they are the right fit. The only real way to know if you are a candidate is with a thorough free consultation.