LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Sep
1999

Q&A: Is one laser eye surgery type better than another for avoiding night vision issues as result of the surgery?

Question:

I have read about potential night vision problems after laser surgery. I drive a lot at night. Is one laser procedure better than others in this regard? Thank you.

- Andrew

Answer:

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

Glare problems after LASIK are fortunately quite rare, because there is no haze development or scarring, typically (unlike RK or PRK). Occasionally, people may notice some night glare, but it tends to be mild, and temporary only. One issue that can predispose to night time glare is very large pupils which we check and will discuss with you beforehand. To schedule a complimentary consultation please call Pam, our laser vision coordinator, at 1-800-824-1073. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: If I had Bell Palsy will it affect my eyesight after lasik surgery?

Question:

If I had Bell Palsy well it affect my eye site after lasik surgery

- Kevin

Answer:

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

Careful attention to avoid ing dry/exposed eyes will be important.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: How soon after receiving laser vision correction can I travel by plane?

Question:

I am interested in having laser visions correction. How soon after the procedure may I travel by plane?

- Roger

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Roger, You may travel by plane the day after surgery. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center Irvine CA

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: Is the combination of LASIK eye surgery followed by INTACS rings after three months safe and how effective?

Question:

I was evaluated today for LASIK by Dr. Dan Durrie, (Kansas City) who has been rated as one of the top 10 refractive surgeons in the country. I was disappointed to find out that I have thin corneas (480mk), large pupils (8mm dialated), and am extremely myopic (-8.5)( this part I already knew). Dr. Durrie said that it would not be safe to try to correct me fully with LASIK since my corneas are so thin. However, he mentioned the possibility of correcting me to approximately -2.0 with LASIK, and then after three months, insert the INTACS rings. He said that he has had a number of patients who have had both procedures done with good results. I am wondering if the combination of these two procedures is safe, what the risks are, what kind of vision can I expect to have for the three months in between surgeries, and any other useful information you may have. Would you advise having this done? I have heard nothing but excellent things about Dr. Durrie, but would welcome the additional information. Thanks.

- brad

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Brad, I have to admit that I have not had any exerience with this type of "combined" procedure, and can not advise you. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: Is there a treatment for both myopia and presbyopia available?

Question:

Is there a treatment (like the laser or reshaping method) for both myopia and presbyopia available? If not, when will it be available and who is working on it?

- Nancy

Answer:

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

The LASIK procedure can be done to achieve monovision, which allows you to see distance and near without glasses. This is really the best (and only) solution at the present time. To review this further, I would encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Pam, our laser vision coordinator, at 1-800-824-1073.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: If I had thin retinas prior to surgery and seem to be OK now, can I be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

I was diagnosed with having thin retinas and underwent surgery on both eyes to close numerous holes. I have a very high prescription and was told that this condition is common with people with such a strong prescription. I have been problem free for the last 7 or 8 year since surgery. I would like to know how this condition might effect my ability to receive lasik surgery.

- jim

Answer:

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

LASIK should have no effect on the retina, as the procedure is done on the surface of the cornea. Before the procedure, I would have a retina specialist do a screening, since you have had previous surgery, but after obtaining a clearance, there would be no other problems. Virtually all patients we treat are near-sighted, and therefore have longer eyes and "thinner" retinas. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Pam, our laser vision coordinator, at 1-800-824-1073.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: Are there anesthetics given during the surgery or are you "awake" during the surgery?

Question:

Are there anesthetics given during the surgery or are you "awake" during the surgery?

- Patty

Answer:

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

You are awake during the LASIK procedure. The only anesthetics used are topical eye drops which completely numb the eye. You will not fee any discomfort.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: What is the minimum age to get laser eye surgery and will it help with "lazy" eye?

Question:

I plan to get laser surgery, as i my eyesight is pretty bad. What is the minimum age that you can have it? Also, does it help lazy eye at all??? Thanks!!!!

- Emily

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Emily, I usually do Lasik only if you are at least 18 years old. It does not help a lazy eye (anymore than glasses can). Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center, Irvine California (800) 841-3717

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: How safe and permanent is LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

1. How safe is lasik? 2. Is it permanent?

- alex

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Alex, Lasik is both safe and permanent. For more information see my web page at "lalasik.com" Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center, Irvine California (88) 841-3717

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