LASIK FAQs

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 25000 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.

With three locations to serve you:

Columbus LASIK Vision

4626 Street Road Trevose, Pa. 19053

100 Colonial Road Harrisburg, Pa. 17109

340 Wilkes Barre Township Blvd. Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18702

Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

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Wilkes-Barre,
PA 18702

Columbus LASIK Vision
Reviewed from Google

4.8 out of 5 stars

Sonya
Sonya

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

I wore glasses as a child. Although it became the norm, it was a huge inconvenience and my eyes had become increasingly worse over the years. I could not do anything without my glasses. It was the first thing I grabbed when getting out of bed or just to see the clock. I had PRK a year ago after Dr. Columbus thoroughly explained EVERYTHING to me so I would know what to expect - from what he was going to do during actual procedure, how I would feel right after & the initial few days afterwards and what to expect in the months to follow. He has always made himself available from the rough days I had after the procedure up until my recent visit. The staff is exceptional! They are kind, accommodating and personable. It’s been a year!!! I drive, read, go about my day - I do it all without glasses! I’m amazed at how much my life has changed! Dr. Columbus, thank you is not enough for all you’ve done to ensure that I would have a better quality of life! Your expertise, support and patience is invaluable!

Feasterville-Trevose,
PA 19053

Columbus Lasik Vision
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Chelsea S
Chelsea S

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

I had my Lasik done in September and couldn’t be happier!! The staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable with the procedure. Emily was soo nice and answered my 100 million questions without hesitation. Both Dr. Robert and William Columbus were very nice and knowledgeable about the procedure. The feel of the office is very laid back which I like. They offered additional products but didn’t try to push them on me. He said it could take up to two months for the best results but my vision has been excellent since the first week or two.

Feasterville-Trevose,
PA 19053

Columbus LASIK Vision
Reviewed from Google

4.7 out of 5 stars

Jennifer McLean
Jennifer McLean

2 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Scheduled double appointments a MONTH out. The day prior to appointment, they called, emailed and text me all the confirm.. the day of they call to move the appointments up or reschedule. I had to cancel my sitter on my only day off that I could make appointments in months... I understand they have surgeries but I had explained this was the only time slot I had without taking time off of work and school. I'm extremely disappointed as now I have to find somewhere to go much farther and will now miss time from work...

Harrisburg,
PA 17109

Columbus LASIK Vision
Reviewed from Google

4.8 out of 5 stars

Jared Gliem
Jared Gliem

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Dr. Columbus and his team did an excellent job informing me of and performing the procedure. My vision was just as predicted the next day and only got better throughout the next week. I’d highly recommend this institution to anyone considering the procedure.

Contact / Apply
New Patient Form

Our Patients Love Us!

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Columbus LASIK Vision
Reviewed from Google

4.8 out of 5 stars

Sonya
Sonya

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

I wore glasses as a child. Although it became the norm, it was a huge inconvenience and my eyes had become increasingly worse over the years. I could not do anything without my glasses. It was the first thing I grabbed when getting out of bed or just to see the clock. I had PRK a year ago after Dr. Columbus thoroughly explained EVERYTHING to me so I would know what to expect - from what he was going to do during actual procedure, how I would feel right after & the initial few days afterwards and what to expect in the months to follow. He has always made himself available from the rough days I had after the procedure up until my recent visit. The staff is exceptional! They are kind, accommodating and personable. It’s been a year!!! I drive, read, go about my day - I do it all without glasses! I’m amazed at how much my life has changed! Dr. Columbus, thank you is not enough for all you’ve done to ensure that I would have a better quality of life! Your expertise, support and patience is invaluable!

Feasterville-Trevose,
PA 19053
Columbus Lasik Vision
Reviewed from Google

5 out of 5 stars

Chelsea S
Chelsea S

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

I had my Lasik done in September and couldn’t be happier!! The staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable with the procedure. Emily was soo nice and answered my 100 million questions without hesitation. Both Dr. Robert and William Columbus were very nice and knowledgeable about the procedure. The feel of the office is very laid back which I like. They offered additional products but didn’t try to push them on me. He said it could take up to two months for the best results but my vision has been excellent since the first week or two.

Feasterville-Trevose,
PA 19053
Columbus LASIK Vision
Reviewed from Google

4.7 out of 5 stars

Jennifer McLean
Jennifer McLean

2 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Scheduled double appointments a MONTH out. The day prior to appointment, they called, emailed and text me all the confirm.. the day of they call to move the appointments up or reschedule. I had to cancel my sitter on my only day off that I could make appointments in months... I understand they have surgeries but I had explained this was the only time slot I had without taking time off of work and school. I'm extremely disappointed as now I have to find somewhere to go much farther and will now miss time from work...

Harrisburg,
PA 17109
Columbus LASIK Vision
Reviewed from Google

4.8 out of 5 stars

Jared Gliem
Jared Gliem

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Dr. Columbus and his team did an excellent job informing me of and performing the procedure. My vision was just as predicted the next day and only got better throughout the next week. I’d highly recommend this institution to anyone considering the procedure.