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Laser Vision Correction FAQs

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AM I A CANDIDATE?

We offer FREE LASIK evaluations at our East Beltline location where extensive testing is performed to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. To be a good candidate, you must be between the ages of 18-60, have healthy eyes with a stable prescription and wear corrective lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism.

IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THE EVALUATION?

The laser vision evaluation is performed at no charge.

WHERE DO I GO FOR MY EVALUATION APPOINTMENT?

Our evaluations are performed at our 750 East Beltline office. It is conveniently located in Grand Rapids just North of I-96 and off the East Beltline right before Frederik Meijer Gardens.

WHAT IF I WEAR CONTACT LENSES?

If you wear soft contacts, you must discontinue them completely at least 7 days prior to your LASIK evaluation. One to two weeks is recommended to be without soft contact lenses. If you wear hard or gas permeable contacts, you must discontinue wear at least 3-4 weeks prior to your LASIK evaluation.

WHY DO I HAVE TO REMOVE MY CONTACTS PRIOR TO AN EVALUATION?

In order to have accurate testing results, you must be in glasses to ensure the cornea is in its most natural shape. Contacts may reshape the cornea and create irregularities.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE GLASSES?

If you have a current eyeglass prescription and do not have eyeglasses to wear prior to your scheduled evaluation, we do offer loaner glasses. Due to timing, arrangements must be made with LASIK and Optical at least 3-4 weeks prior to your scheduled evaluation appointment.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT AFTER PREGNANCY, NURSING OR FERTILITY DRUGS/TREATMENT BEFORE AN EVALUATION?

The body’s hormone levels may cause vision to change or fluctuate during and after pregnancy, nursing or fertility drugs/treatment. Our doctors recommend waiting 3-6 months before an evaluation to insure the most accurate testing results.

DOES INSURANCE COVER LASER VISION CORRECTION?

Most insurance companies consider LASIK elective surgery because the eyes may be treated with glasses or contacts to correct vision. We recommend that you check with your insurance company to see if LASIK surgery is a covered benefit under your plan.

DO YOU OFFER A FINANCING OPTION FOR PAYMENT?

We accept the CareCredit healthcare credit card to provide our patients with interest free plans up to 24 months, no down payment requirements, affordable low monthly payments and no early payoff penalties. The application process is quick and easy. Visit the CareCredit.com website to apply.

DO I NEED A DRIVER FOR SURGERY?

Yes, you will need a driver on the day of your procedure.

DO I NEED TO KEEP MY EYES CLOSED AFTER SURGERY?

Yes, you will need to take time to rest and recuperate. Keeping your eyes closed after surgery, on the day of your procedure, will aid in the healing process. This means avoiding all near vision activities like reading, computer work, texting and television. We advise go home and nap after the procedure. These activities may be resumed the following day.

ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS AFTER LASIK SURGERY?

A comprehensive list of post procedure restrictions will be provided for you to take home at your evaluation appointment, as well as surgery. For the short time required for your eyes to recover, exercise, eye makeup, immersing the eyes in water and rubbing the eyes will need to be avoided. This will ensure that during the healing process your eyes are protected from injury, infections and flap complications.

HOW LONG WILL I BE OFF WORK FOR LASIK?

You will need to plan to be off work the day of your procedure. Many patients may feel ready to return to work and driving the day after their procedure. Patients must refrain from work involving heavy lifting for 3 days following surgery. Keep in mind healing times may vary from patient to patient.

HOW LONG WILL I BE OFF WORK FOR PRK?

PRK patients having surgery on both eyes the same day should plan to be off of work and driving for 1 week.

WILL MY EYES HURT AFTER SURGERY?

Patients may experience some mild discomfort following the procedure. Discomfort may include tearing, burning, irritation and light sensitivity. These symptoms are normal and should subside within 2-6 hours. An over the counter pain reliever may be taken as needed.

WHAT LASER DO YOU USE?

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology uses the #1 laser system chosen by laser vision surgeons in the United States: The VISX Star S4TM Smoothscan Laser with ActiveTrak© and Iris Registration. The CustomVue procedure offers a custom treatment for your unique eyes. The Intralase Laser creates the flap so it is BLADE-FREE, providing the most precise, predictable and safe procedure for your eyes.

WHAT CAN LASIK CORRECT?

LASIK will correct for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism within FDA and laser treatment guidelines.

CAN LASIK GET ME OUT OF MY READING GLASSES?

No, LASIK makes changes to the cornea or clear outer portion of the eye. Presbyopia is the natural eye aging process of the lens inside the eye. The natural lens becomes more rigid and losses its ability to change focus to see objects up close. This lens change typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 and is easily correctable with reading glasses.

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I PLAN FOR MY LASIK EVALUATION?

The LASIK evaluation will take approximately 2-2 1/2 hours due to the through diagnostic testing, scans and exam required for surgery.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A LASIK EVALUATION?

At this visit you will see the office, meet our Laser Vision team and your surgeon. Several tests will be done such as testing the structure and shape of the surface of your cornea, as well as measuring your corneal thickness. During your evaluation, we will map out your eyes unique topographical pattern and you will go through a manifest and cycloplegic refraction (prescription check). Your eyes will also be dilated during the evaluation and you will get a chance to watch a short video on the LASIK procedure. Your surgeon will check the general health of your eyes, review all of your test results to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure, and discuss your questions, risks, benefits, and options.

WHICH DOCTOR HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE OR HAS DONE THE MOST PROCEDURES?

The laser procedures were approved by the FDA in the United States in 1995. Grand Rapids Ophthalmology received our laser in the spring of 1996. Our LASIK surgeons began performing these procedures at approximately the same time. We are proud to offer the gold standard, the VISX Star S-4 SmoothScan ActiveTrak IR(Iris Registration) with Custom BLADE-FREE technology, ensuring safer, more precise and predictable outcomes. With this level of exactness, many more people qualify to have the LASIK procedure; even those who were not candidates in the past. At Grand Rapids Ophthalmology we have performed more than 18,000 procedures on patients from around the world.

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