How fast will my vision recover?
Following LASIK, most can see within 5 hours! Most patients will perceive tremendous improvement by the next morning. The day after LASIK, most are 20/40 passing their driver’s test drive and returning to work and daily activities. The best vision 20/20 is within 1-2 months. Visual recovery is slower after PRK, and functional vision is achieved after 3 to 5 days, after which point the recovery continues on a daily basis over the following weeks. The best vision 20/20 is 2-4 months.
Can I have both eyes treated the same day?
Because intraoperative complications are less than 1-2%, most patients have both eyes treated the same day. The majority of our patients have both eyes treated the same day for added convenience, quicker visual recovery, and less time away from work. However, the preference of our patients will guide us in the treatment plan.
Is the procedure painless?
The LASIK procedure is painless using numbing eyedrops for surgery. After LASIK, one may experience mild irritation for 3 to 5 hours relieved with eye closure during that time. After 3 to 5 hours the eyes feel normal and visual recovery is rapid at that time with most patients resuming their activities.
How safe is LASIK?
With the vast experience of Dr. Columbus over 25 years, sight-threatening complications following LASIK are in most instances rare. Most complications Dr Columbus sees are minor , less than 1-2%, and can be treated where the patient will not lose any vision. A Cornea-trained surgeon like Dr Columbus, who has performed 30,000 LASIK procedures and knows how to handle the very thin, delicate piece of corneal flap tissue is essential to the success of LASIKeye surgery. Also, the surgeon should provide the post-op Day #1 care in order to detect any complications in a timely manner. Dr Columbus’s high degree of experience and skill is necessary to ensure that patients don’t run into complications. When performed by a surgeon like Dr Columbus who has the necessary skills and years of experience, LASIK is a remarkably safe procedure.
Is Laser Vision Correction permanent?
Yes as laser vision correction results in a permanent change to the shape of the cornea as long as later in life one does not develop cataracts, or retina diseases.
Who is a candidate for LASIK?
The best candidates for LASIKare from at least 18 years of age up to older patients with no evidence of cataracts or retina disease, one in good health, and a stable prescription for one year.
Alternative Treatment Options
For patients whose presciptions are too high & corneas are too thin for LASIK our surgeons offer PRK. Our medical team at Columbus LASIK Vision will inform you of the best treatment option for you and explain every step of your vision correction procedure.
Is LASIK covered by insurance?
LASIK is considered to be an elective & procedure and is therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. However, some insurance companies cover a small percentage of the procedure and our staff would be happy to see if your insurance carrier covers LASIK at the time of your consultation.
Is financing available for Laser Vision Correction?
We offer both Care Credit & Wells Fargo which are NO money down, ZERO% Interset, and AFFORDABLE monthly payments as LOW as $1- $2 a day.
What laser do you use?
We use the newest generation Allegretto Wavelight Wavefront”and NIDEK EC5000 Traditional excimer laser systems. This newest laser system incorporates the Allegretto Wavelight patented “flying spot” laser beam technology with an active eye-tracking system that works to help the surgeon deliver the best possible treatment.
What is the ActiveTrack eye tracker, and how does it help provide better laser vision correction?
With ActiveTrak, the laser detects and compensates for eye movements by guiding the laser beam to keep it centered over the treatment area & allowing for faster & more accurate treatments. The eye tracker adds a new level of precision with patients obtaining sharper visions.
Has anyone ever gone blind as a result of LASIK surgery?
Out of millions of procedures performed worldwide over the last 25 years this is rare and less than 0.5% to 1%
Are there any risks involved with LASIK?
Like any other medical procedure, LASIK does carry some risk. Most complications are minor, less than 2-5%, and can be treated by our surgeon with an excellent vision outcome.