LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Sep
1999

Q&A: What are the costs associated with contact lens implants and what other information can you offer on the procedure?

Question:

As an alternative to Lasik becuase of the cost, I would like to ask about contact lense implant, cost and other info. I live in Westchester County NY. Thank you

- Alex

Answer:

 Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Alex, The implantable contact lens will most likely cost at least as much as Lasik-It may cost more, and long term results have not been proven as yet. My choice is still lasik, both for cost and safety. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil, Irvine California (800) 841-3717

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: I have been quoted the fee of $4300.00 for lasik vision correction. Is that the average price for LASIK?

Question:

I have been quoated the fee of 4300.00 for lasiks vision correction, are the fees for this surgery by reputable doctors all the same? Or is it worth my wild to get quotes from doctors in other areas where I have family also living?

- Minda

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Thank you for your email. $4300 is the average price for Lasik. Some centers will charge more, and others less- in which case some of your care costs may not be included. The best referral is happy past-patients. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: What is the cost and risks for LASIK?

Question:

1)What is the cost? 2)How long does this take? For each eye. 3)What if you have stigatisum to? 4)what are the risks?

- mark

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Mark, Lasik costs $4400 for both eyes. It takes about three minutes per eye. Astigmatism is corrected at the same time. There are very few serious risks. 

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: Are intrastromal corneal rings an alternative to LASIK enhancement?

Question:

I had LASIK over 1 year ago on both eyes. My right eye is now -1.0D and stabalized. Are intrastromal corneal rings an alternative to LASIK enhancement?

- Gerald

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Gerald, I do not believe there have been any rings implanted after Lasik, although this may be possible as long as your "flap" is not too large and thick. I would recommend the Lasik enhancement. Sincerely, Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: What should I consider in going to medical school and specializing in LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

I am a premed student at the University of Utah and I want to go into lasik surgury, I was wondering what helped you most in your entering med school and how many years after med school did it take to specialize?

- Brett

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Brett, Thank you for your email. The training course for ophthalmology is four years after medical school. There is no university training for lasik (to my knowledge), but courses are given by the laser manufacturers (i.e. VISX or Chiron). Best of Luck Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: Can you explain what a "central island" of the eye is and why that impacts healing after LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

My daughter had lasik surgery a week ago. one eye is now 20/30 the other is now 20/60 and very blurry. The doctor told her she has a central island in that eye and it will take longer to heal. Could you explain this to me please. Thank you.

- Marcia

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Marcia, Thank you for your email. Central islands can occur when the central part of the cornea receives less laser energy than the periphery. This is usually a form of "artifact" and disappears gradually. This may take a few months, but eventually does clear up the vision. Sincerely, Dr. Alexndra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: What is my option to not wear glasses, soft contact lenses and RGP lenses if I am severely nearsighted?

Question:

I have severe near-sightedness. My eye doctor suggested that I seriously limit wearing my soft contact lenses because my eyes are not getting enough oxygen. I have tried RGP lenses and have found them to be extremely uncomfortable. LASIK is not an option for me since my near-sightedness is caused by the length of my eyeball and not its shape. Is there anything that I can do besides give up and wear my two-inch thick glasses? I would appreciate any information on alternatives. Thank you.

- Lori

Answer:

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

Your statement is not correct; LASIK solves near-sightedness exactly such as yours. Most, if not all nearsighted people have longer eyes, the laser changes the surface curvature of the cornea, and thereby corrects the optics of the eye, putting things in focus! I strongly urge you to come by the office for a complimentary consultation, where we can explain the procedure in detail with diagrams and other graphics. Please call Pam our laser vision coordinator at 1-800-824-1073 to set up a free evaluation with no obligation. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Sep
1999

Q&A: With LASIK eye surgery, is the correction permanent or will there need to be corrections in the future?

Question:

I am 56 nearsighted (6.00) and considering Lasik surgery.Do eye muscles cause the shape of eyeball to change so focus is not properly aligned in the eyeball? If so, will I have to redo surgery periodically (just as one might need new prescriptions with glasses? Or is this a permanent surgery which stabilizes the prescription? ALSO- What problems are there down the road with scar tissue ??

- Elaine

Answer:

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

The near-sightedness is not related to the eye muscles at all, but mainly to the shape, curvature, and length of the eye. The LASIK surgery reshapes the curvature of the cornea, thereby optically correcting the near-sightedness. This is a permanent optical correction, and should not have to be repeated in the future. There should be no scarring whatsoever. I would encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation by calling our laser vision coordinator Pam at 1-800-824-1073. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Can I be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery if I am nearsighted (20/200) and I now need bifocal glasses?

Question:

I am 47 years old. I have been nearsighted all my life, about 20/200 most of the time. Last year I had to have bifocals added. This year the bifocals are not working. Can I have lasik surgery if my eyes are still changing? Thank you!

- Pam

Answer:

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

Yes, but you will need reading glasses for near work.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Will I find LASIK eye surgery hard for me to handle if I am a fairly nervous person?

Question:

I am considering lasik surgery. I tend to be fairly nervous. Will this be hard for me ?

- Michele

Answer:

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

It is normal to be a little nervous before eye surgery. We provide a mild sedative right before the procedure which makes you completely comfortable. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, you should have no problems. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, call Pam, our laser vision coordinator at 1-800-824-1073. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Three weeks after LASIK I am now experiencing poor vision in very dim lights. Is this normal?

Question:

I had lasik sugery about 3 weeks ago. My prescription was about -3.25 (l) -3.50(R). I experience now poor vision under very dim lights, driving at night can be very trying. I was wondering if this is permanant or improves over a period of time. Do know why this occurs? thanks

- Muzaffer

Answer:

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

This should be a condition that improves over time, but will also depend on your pupil size in dim lighting conditions.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Does a person with diabetes have a chance at having LASIK eye surgery performed?

Question:

does a person with diabetes have a chance at having the surgery?

- marty

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Marty, As long as your diabetes has not affected your retina, then you could probably be treated wiht Lasik. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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