Frequently Asked Questions

At Heaton Eye Associates, patient education is important and designed for helping our patients make an informed decision concerning vision correction surgery. We take the time to address all of our patients’ questions and concerns regarding LASIK vision correction during your free All-Laser LASIK consultation. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding LASIK. If you have further questions, please contact our practice, and we’ll be happy to help you.

Do I still have to wear glasses after surgery?

LASIK surgery does not stop the natural aging process. It is possible that reading glasses will still be necessary after surgery depending upon your individual vision needs. Cataracts, glaucoma and other diseases of the eye may still develop resulting in the dependency on glasses. However, as long as the eyes stay healthy, we can expect limited use of glasses in the future.

What type of anesthetic is used?

The anesthetic used is topical eye-drops.

Does it hurt during or after the procedure?

Patients can expect to feel a slight pressure at times during the procedure. After surgery, once the anesthetic wears off, a patient may feel a dry, scratchy feeling lasting 24 to 48 hours. Discomfort is minimal if any is experienced at all.

When can I return to work?

A patient may return to work or other normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. Those who are exposed to a dusty, dirty environment may want to allow a few extra days for healing before returning.

When can I drive?

You can begin driving as soon as your vision is comfortable. Usually after 1 to 2 days.

How long is recovery time?

Patients’ initial side effects tend to subside during the first 24 to 48 hours. They include dry, scratchy sensations; temporary increase in light sensitivity; excessive tearing. Patients tend to return to work or other activities within the next 1 to 2 days.

When will my vision be stable?

You can expect your vision to fluctuate during the 2 weeks following surgery. However, patients’ vision will vary from person to person.

How long does surgery take?

Actual surgery time takes approximately 5-10 minutes per eye, depending upon the correction needed for best vision. A patient will be in the procedure room for about 20 minutes.

What kind of medications will I be required to use? Will I have my eyes patched after surgery?

Patients are required to use prescription drops anywhere from 1-6 weeks. The type of procedure will dictate the length of time required. LASIK patients are asked to use protective shields for 7 days while sleeping to prevent rubbing of the eyes. Once 7 days have passed, shields or patches are not required.

Can I have LASIK if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Fluctuations in vision which might affect the results of surgery sometimes occur during pregnancy and nursing.  For the most accurate results we require patients to wait 6 weeks from the date they stop nursing for their LASIK exam and surgery.

We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have, please call us at (800) 762-5787.

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