Is LASIK surgery painful?

The level of pain is often dependent on the type of technology being used. In the first four hours after surgery, patients may feel an uncomfortable burning sensation. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, Dr. Mozayeni and Dr. Nunnery perform only all-laser LASIK. Our patients generally recount having a little pressure at the beginning of the procedure but virtually no pain during surgery, this is thanks to a light sedative and eye numbing drops. After surgery, our surgeons advise all patients to take a long nap – upon waking up, your eyes should feel comfortable and you should already begin to see an improvement in your vision.

Will I need glasses after LASIK?

Patients who are ideal candidates (without presbyopia) can expect to no longer need their contacts or glasses after LASIK. However, the results for patients over the age of 40 with presbyopia may depend on how the LASIK eye surgery is performed. With monovision, LASIK patients can achieve improved vision without being dependent on glasses, contacts and even readers. Learn more about monovision and procedures for presbyopia patients.

How much does LASIK cost?

The national average cost of LASIK at a reputable practice is $1500 - $3000 per eye. The cost of LASIK varies and is determined exclusively by the practice. Factors that may affect the cost of surgery include: surgeon training & expertise, the technology being used, post-operative appointments, enhancement/touch-up policy and overall patient care. As with any medical procedure, be wary of prices that seem too low.

Is LASIK permanent?

When LASIK eye surgery is performed on an ideal candidate by skilled surgeon utilizing FDA approved state-of-the-art technology, patients can expect long-lasting results. In most cases, ideal candidates can expect the results from surgery to last 15-20 years. Over the years natural changes will occur to the eye lens — regardless if LASIK has been performed or not. These changes may result in regression where nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism may return over time. If that is the case, a LASIK Enhancement surgery (2nd treatment, touch-up) could be performed.