LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
1999

Q&A: What options do I have to correct extreme nearsightedness given I have had one torn retina?

Question:

I have extremely bad near-sighted vision. I've had one of my retna's tear due the the extreme myopia. My vision is about -17.5/-18. I was wondering what type of options I have. I'm 22 years old and I am afraid further complications like another torn retna will seriously harm my vision. I would love an opinion. Thank you very much for you time. Sincerely, Lyra

Answer:

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

Your myopia is indeed quite high Lyra. Currently the laser (LASIK) could correct about two-thirds of your prescription, but not all of it. A newer technology on the horizon is intra-ocular lens implants, also known as implantable contact lenses. These lenses are similar to the lens implants we use for cataract surgery patients, and they can correct very high degrees of myopia. These lenses are still considered investigational, and long term studies are not complete. One question is whether they may cause cataracts or glaucoma later in life. They will probably be approved in one years time, pending FDA approval. Check with us again next year to review your options. Sincerely, John D. Zdral, M.D.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: My eye doctor states that I cannot have laser vision correction due to the constant change in my eyes. Is this true?

Question:

I have worn glasses for 20 years as I have never been able to comfortably wear contacts. I am 33. My prescription has changed five diopters over the past two years (three during pregnancy and two since then). My eye doctor states that I cannot have laser vision correction due to the constant change in my eyes. Is this true?

- Susan

Answer:

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

Your eyes should be stable in terms of your refraction for at least one year prior to having the LASIK procedure. If you wish to have our center evaluate your eye further, schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Pam at 1-800-824-1073.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Is spontaneous rupture of the eye a complication of LASIK surgery?

Question:

Is spontaneous rupture of the eye a complication of LASIK surgery?

- Marcia

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Marcia, This is not a complication of Lasik. Sincerely Dr. Alexandra Chebil

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: After LASIK I now have a hard time seeing thing within 30 feet. WIll my eyes adjust over time and if not is there an enhancement procedure that can correct the hyperopia?

Question:

I had my Lasik procedure a few days ago. Prior to the procedure I was a presbyopic myope (-4.50 distance and 1.50 add.) However, I have been over-corrected and am now around a +0.75 to +1.00 power in both eyes. As you can imagine, this is less than ideal. I am now haiving considerable trouble seeing clearly anything within about 30 feet. My Doctor says it is too soon to know what my final results will be, but I am very scared. I don't want to remain hyperopic. My questions are: 1. What are the chances that I will regress to a plano or slight minus power, and in what period of time? 2. If I don't regress, can an enhancement procedure be done that can correct the hyperopia? Thanks for responding.

- Steve

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Steve, There is a very good chance that your eyes will improve considerably probably within the next three months. Reading glasses are an option in the meantime. The laser can also be used to reverse any permanent hyperopic shift. My advise is to be patient. Sincerely Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Can I eliminate the need for bifocal glasses with laser vision correction?

Question:

It is time to have my eye examination, But my question is that when I had my last eye exam. I was told I would probably have to have bifocals. My question is, If I have to have bifocals would I benifit by having corrective laser surgery. T hanks.

- David

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear David, Laser surgery can correct both distance and reading problems if you choose to have "monovision"- one eye for distance the other for reading. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Is the laser vision correction available for people with astigmatism and if so, how much astigmatism can a person have?

Question:

Is the laser vision correction available for people with astigmatism and if so, how much astigmatism can a person have? Thanks.

- Eric

Answer:

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

LASIK, the most advanced form of laser vision correction, is the perfect treatment for astigmatism. Not only can the laser optically correct the condition by reshaping the surface of the cornea, but it can at the same time treat any astigmatism that you may have. Very high levels can be treated, beyond 5 diopters. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please call Pam at (800)824-1073. Sincerely, John D. Zdral, M.D.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: How much does LASIK eye surgery run for both eyes?

Question:

how much does lasik surgery run for both eyes

- debbie

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Debbie, Each center charges independently. At The Lasik Center, we charge $4400 for both eyes if you require long-term financing- $4000 if you pay on the day of the procedure (credit cards are fine) Sincerely Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Someone told me that increasing the size will weaken the cornea further and create a large flat region that will further damage the optics of the cornea. How serious a concern is this?

Question:

Thank you for the answer. Two follow ups please. 1. Someone told me that increasing the size will weaken the cornea further and create a large flat region that will further damage the optics of the cornea. How serious a concern is this? 2. Is there any chance a future technique will be able to restore the cornea to what it was, and would a further operation now make this more difficult? I honestly just want to get back as much of my previous corrected vision as possible. I don't care about glasses anymore. Steven

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Steven, Before doing any further treatment, the thickness of your cornea would be measured. If there was a danger of weakening the cornea, then the re-treatment would not be done. I cannot tell you if you would be able to have a re-treatment done. Also, I am not aware of any new treatments which could help your problem- I suggest visiting a TLC Center in your area- these centers are typically very conservative, and would not tend to treat unless there was a good chance for improvement. Sincerely Alexandra Chebil (The Lasik Center)

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Will having dry eyes impact having Lasik eye surgery and is there anything that can be done for dry eyes other than using drops?

Question:

Will having dry eyes effect having the Lasik surgery and is there anything that can be done for dry eyes other than using drops?

- Denise

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Denise, Your eyes may become temporarily more dry after Lasik, but this will gradually go back to the way it was before treatment. Other tan drops and ointments, there are plugs that can be placed in your tear ducts that may help a lot- ask your eye doctor (ophthalmologist). Sincerely Dr. Alexandra Chebil

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Does LASIK treat the white of the eyes and what is a reasonable amount to pay for the procedure?

Question:

At present I am living in Taiwan (R.O.C.) and would like to have Lasik treatment - could you name any reputable practitioners here? Also, the pollution here is quite high and causes occaisional irritation in my eyes, would this be a problem post Laser Treatment? Does Lasik treat the whites of your eyes? What is a reasonable sum to pay for treatment of both eyes? Do many eye doctors themselves undergo this treatment? Thankyou.

- Mr

Answer:

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

Dear Mr. Holder: Unfortunately, I am unable to recommend a physician in Taiwan. The LASIK procedure only treats the cornea of the eye and does not affect the whites. I know of many physicians who have had the procedure done and would not hesitate to have it done myself if I needed it. Our charge is $1900.00 per eye which is an average cost here for LASIK. Good luck to you. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Aug
1999

Q&A: Is it possible that reading glasses would still be needed after LASIK?

Question:

Is correction complete or are reading glasses still needed in some cases after the Lasik procedure? Can contact lenses be worn at a later date if needed?

- Oliver

Answer:

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

Dear Mr. Dixon: Contact lenses may be worn after LASIK, but are rarely needed. Reading glasses may be needed if you are over age 40. There is an alternative called monovision. If you would like more information, please schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Pam at (800)824-1073. Sincerely, John D. Zdral, M.D.

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