LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Dec
1999

Q&A: Can Lasik correct all nearsighted vision problems

Question:

1. Can Lasik correct all nearsighted vision problems - I don't remember what my sight is but I currently wear contacts with a -10.5 and -8.5 - So my vision is pretty bad! Can Lasik correct it - or will I still have to wear "less thick" glasses? 2. After the surgery if my vision is not fully corrected-can I still wear contact lens? 3. Is it always a given that I will need to wear reading glasses after the surgery? I currently don't need them and I am 50 years old.

- Michelle

Answer:

 John D. Zdral, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

The LASIK procedure can correct your full prescription. The next step is to actually perform measurements in the office. You could wear contacts after LASIK, but you should not need to do so. Reading glasses are needed, unless you elect to have the monovision option. Come by the office and we can show you this option.

-- John D. Zdral, M.D.
Fullerton, California



Dec
1999

Q&A: I currently wear hard contacts and was wondering how long before surgery should I stop wearing them?

Question:

Good morning! I am definitely a candidate for the Lasik operation: 48 years old, myope (5.5 & 3.5) , and 'steady'for the last approx. 30 years! I"ve been wearing contacts (hard ones) since age 14 and am now wondering how long before tests/operation I will not be allowed to wear them. I do have a pair of glasses, but they are not comfortable at all. Would very much appreciate your advice! Kindest regards, Naomi Koster Amstelveen, the Netherlands.

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Naomi, You will need to remove the contacts for at least 4 weeks prior to the treatment. I suggest you start now- have your eyes checked for health and approximate prescription, then have them re-checked a few days prior to the treatment. Sometimes more than four weeks is required.(You could possibly wear soft lenses in the interim) Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center, CA

--Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC
Irvine, California



Dec
1999

Q&A: How can a Canadian LASIK Center charge only $999 for both eyes and California Centers charge up to $3,000?

Question:

How can a Canadian Lasik Center charge only $999 for both eyes and California Centers charge up to $3,000?

- Cathie

Answer:

John D. Zdral, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

The quality of care is vastly different, and the laser costs are higher in the United States.

--John D. Zdral, M.D.
Fullerton, California



Dec
1999

Q&A: Should I consider having LASIK eye surgery done in Canada on my eye that has changed since having RK three years ago?

Question:

I had RK surgery done on both eyes three years ago to correct nearsightedness. My left eye was slightly over corrected at that time. Since then my left eye vision has become more farsighted. It is currently +1.50 Sphere. I am considering having Lasik surgery performed on my left eye in Winnipeg Canada. Would this be a good place to have it done?

- Dave

Answer:

Andrew Caster, MD, FACS - LocateADoc.com

There are big differences in the quality of various doctors and laser centers, just as there are differences in every other service available. Check things out carefully. Sincerely, Andrew Caster, MD

--Andrew Caster, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills, California



Dec
1999

Q&A: I am high myopic in each eye with a low corneal width and was wondering if I would be a good candidate for a Intracorneal Ring.

Question:

Hi, > I am an Endocrinologist in Brazil. I am high myopic ( -11) in each eye > and with a low corneal width. My ophmalmologist said that there is a > intra corneal ring that could be my solution. > Could you tell me more about this ? > Expecting your answer > Monica >

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Monica, Intra-corneal rings are effective only up to maximum of -3.00 diopters. i think LASIK would still be your best choice. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

--Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC
Irvine, California



Dec
1999

Q&A: How much does laser eye surgery cost?

Question:

How much does laser eye surgery cost?

- Kelly

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Kelly, At "The Lasik Center". the cost is $3600 for both eyes if you book before December 31st. After that, the cost goes back to the usual $4400. Sincerely, Michelle Olson, Lasik center Coordinator (800) 841-3717

--Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC
Irvine, California



Dec
1999

Q&A: Can I be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery if my vision is 20/600 in both eyes?

Question:

I know that you all get this question ALL the time, but it is a very important one. Therefore, I am going to ask the same - am I a good candidate? Following is my information: I have had a pre-Lasik evaluation. I really do not understand all the information on my pre-evaluation form, but here it goes . . . Without correction of glasses or contacts, my vision is 20/600 in both eyes. My Rx for my left eye for WEARING is -500 sphere, -200 cyl.(minus) and 018 axis; MANIFEST is -4.50 sphere, -1.75 cyl.(minus), 025 axis; CYCLO REF is -4.50 sphere, -1.75 cyl.(minus) and 025 axis; K1 is 4390, K2 is 4576, and steep K axis is 100. By the way, my left eye is the dominant eye. In regards to my right eye, WEARING is -600 sphere, -100 cyl (minus), and 145 axis; MANIFEST is -5.75 sphere, -1.00 cyl(minus), and 140 axis; CYCLO REF is -5.50 sphere, -1.00 cyl(minus), and 140 axis; K1 is 4471, K2 is 4579, and steep K axis is 060. My pupil size is 5.5 mm in dim light and 4.0 mm in bright light. IOP @ 2:55 with left eye at 14 mmHG and right eye at 15 mmHg. If anyone can interpret this information in regards to whether I am a good candidate (or not) would be most appreciated!

- Mary

Answer:

Andrew Caster, MD, FACS - LocateADoc.com

Dear Mary Beth, All of the information that you present is very positive for you as a candidate. Of course, a complete evaluation, including discussing the risks and benefits, isessential. Andrew Caster, MD

--Andrew Caster, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: What would a low cost, effective lasik surgery cost in Tampa Florida?

Question:

what would a low cost but an effective lasik surgery cost in the U.S preferably in tampa florida

- aqeel

Answer:

Andrew Caster, MD, FACS - LocateADoc.com

LASIK prices range from around $3500-$4900. There are lower prices available, but your eyesight is not a place to cut corners. Andrew Caster, MD

--Andrew Caster, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: How old must you be in order to have Laser Vision Correction surgery?

Question:

How old must you be in order to have Laser Vision Correction surgery? thanks

- Melinda

Answer:

Andrew Caster, MD, FACS - LocateADoc.com

You must be old enough that your eyes have stopped chaning. In most cases, this is in the late teens or early twenties. Some patients, however, keep changing throughout their twenties. Remember, LASIK will not stop your eyes from changing, so you want to wait until they have stopped changing. Andrew Caster, MD

--Andrew Caster, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: How soon after having LASIK eye surgery can I make a flight from DC to California?

Question:

How soon can I fly(from DC to California)after I have the LASIK surgery? Within 24 hours??

- hillary

Answer:

Andrew Caster, MD, FACS - LocateADoc.com

Most patients can fly the day after LASIK. Andrew Caster, MD

--Andrew Caster, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: What can be done if I developed "floaters" in my vision after LASIK eye surgery two months ago?

Question:

Since my LASIK procedure 2 months ago, I have experienced "floaters"in my field of vision. It is like looking thru a spotted window. These floaters move through out my eye when I look from right to left. There are a few big ones that really cloud my sight. Did dust get under my lens during the procedure?What is wrong? Can this be corrected?

- Troy

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Troy, The Lasik procedure does not cause "floaters" to appear in the eyes. These are caused when the inside of your eye (the vitreous) becomes progressively more fluid (a common change when you get older, or if you are near-sighted). Unfortunately there is no treatment for the floaters, which usually get better over time. Even though the above is usually true,I recommend you mention this to your ophthalmologist, in order that you have a full eye exam. (a retinal problem may also cause floaters). Sincerely Dr.A. Chebil M.D. (The Lasik Center)

--Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC
Irvine, California



Nov
1999

Q&A: Will reading glasses be needed after corrective surgery if I am myopic and astigmatic?

Question:

At 67, am myopic & astigmatic. Will reading glasses be needed after corrective surgery?

- Randall

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Randall, The only way you would not require reading glasses would be to under-correct one eye slightly.This is called monovision and works well for most patients. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center (800) 841-3717

--Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC
Irvine, California