LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Nov
1999

Q&A: What should I look for in a doctor for eye correction surgery? What should the price range be?

Question:

What should I look for in a doctor for eye correction surgery? What should the price range be?

- GAY

Answer:

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

First, choose a board-certified ophthalmologist that has a University affiliation, and is an acting clinical professor. Second, choose a surgeon that has been performing LASIK for at least a couple of years (2-3) and performs the "Down-Up" LASIK procedure. Price should not be the primary consideration in choosing a surgeon. Also, make sure your surgeon examines your eyes at least twice pre-operatively. I am a clinical professor at UCLA, and have been performing LASIK for many years. If you wish to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Pam at 1-800-824-1073.

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



Nov
1999

Q&A: How long do I need to stop wearing my contacts before I can have LASIK eye surgery and will I still need reading glasses?

Question:

I have worn hard or gas-permeable contact lenses for 28 years, but I am now having to wear bifocal glasses along with the contacts. If I had LASIK surgery, would I still need reading glasses? Also, how long would I need to be without my contacts before surgery could be performed?

- Ellen

Answer:

Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

Yes, everyone needs reading glasses after turning 40 you should be out of your contacts for at least two weeks

--Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Wilmington, North Carolina



Nov
1999

Q&A: What is the typical price for LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

What is the typical cost of lasik surgery price range... thanks, tim

Answer:

Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

$2000-$2500

--Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Wilmington, North Carolina



Nov
1999

Q&A: Can LASIK eye surgery correct my vision from 20-55 to 20-20 and remain stable as I age if my eyes have not changed in 1.5 years?

Question:

Hi, I am a seventeen year old boy and I really want and can get this surgery, but I want to know what the effectiveness is. Will I be able to see 20-20 or better. My eyesight right now is 20-55. will my eyesight deteriorate as I get older. My eyes haven't changed in the last 1&1/2 years. I do alot of sports and I really want this surgery. One more thing. Does it matter who I have it done by? Sorry this question is so long. Sincerely, Steve

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Steve, Thanks for your letter. As long as your eye-sight has remained stable, then you probably would do very well with the treatment, and your eyes will not get worse as you get older. the treatment is VERY effective- most people get 20/20 vision. Like any surgery, the results depend to a large extent on the experience of the doctor. I recommend talking to people who the doctor has treated, or asking someone you know who had treatment done. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D.(800) 841-3717 "http://lalasik.com"

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



Oct
1999

Q&A: Can you recommend a board-certified LASIK surgeon in Long Island, NY?

Question:

Please advise me of a board certified LASIK doctor on Long Island

- Corinne

Answer:

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

I am sorry but I do not know of anyone on Long Island. I would recommend that you check with your local university. Sincerely, John D. Zdral, M.D.

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



Oct
1999

Q&A: Can laser vision correction fix both near and far sight issues and what is the cost?

Question:

Dear Sir, does laser correct both near and far sight. I wear glasses both for short and long distance.What i'm asking is, will laser correct both. Also would like to know the cost and is there a difference in the quality of the physician.

- Mr

Answer:

Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S. - LocateADoc.com

Most people want the best possible distance vision after LASIK surgery. Most people over forty will need glasses to read after LASIK. Costs tend to be around $2000-2500 per eye. Look for a surgeon that evaluates you with an Orbscan not just a topographer.

--Byron Stratas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Wilmington, North Carolina



Oct
1999

Q&A: What if the LASIK surgery goes wrong? What are the disadvantages?

Question:

what if the surgy goes wrong? is there any disadvanteges to this?

- alicia

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Alicia, The risk of complications after LASIK is very low. Most complications (i.e. infection) are either treatable or preventable. Thank you, Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center (800) 841-3717

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



Oct
1999

Q&A: Will I be a bad candidate for LASIK eye Surgery if I have dry eyes and will my eyes heal OK?

Question:

I am 27 and have been wearing contacts since the sixth grade.Recently an optometrist told me that my eyes were very dry and that i shouldn't wear contacts. if my eyes are really dry will this make me a bad candidate for lasik surgery? and woud my eyes heal o.k.?

- aimee

Answer:

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

The main consideration is that your dry eye condition would need to be treated effectively before wearing contacts or have the laser procedure. We have many diverse treatments for dry eye conditions. Please schedule an appointment at our office and we will review this further. To make an appointment please call 714-879-7372. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: What is the going rate for Lasik eye surgery and will the price continue to come down for this type of surgery?

Question:

What's the current going rate for Lasik surgury and what are the prospects for the continued price reductions for this type of surgury?

- Chris

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Chris, At the Lasik Center, the fee for Lasik is $2000 per eye. Most centers with highly trained surgeons will charge at least this much. When the fee is lower, you may be getting an older type of laser, or part of your follow-up care may not be included. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center (800) 841-3717

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