LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Aug
1999

Q&A: What are the costs related to having LASIK eye surgery performed on each eye?

Question:

What are the costs related to having Lasik performed on each eye?

- Mary

Answer:

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

We feel that we have a very reasonable charge for the Lasik procedure. The cost is $1900.00 per eye which is a global fee covering all expenses related to the surgery. All pre operative exams (3), the surgeons fee, the laser facility charges, post operative exams for one year, and a lifetime warranty. If at any time you need to have an enhancement or retreatment done, that is included in your original cost as well. In our office you will receive personal care from beginning to end with the surgeon himself. We do not send you elsewhere for outside care as is done in many commercial centers. If you would like a free, no obligation consultation to determine if you are indeed a candidate for LASIK please call Pam at 1-800-824-1073. Thank you.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: Could I be a candidate for laser vision correction if I am nearsighted, have astigmatism and wear soft contact lenses?

Question:

I wear soft contact lenses, the left one being a toric lens due to what I have been told is "internal" astigmatism. I am very nearsighted in both eyes. In the past, I have been told that I am not a candidate for laser vision correction. Has the procedure advanced to the point where I am a potential patient? I am also led to believe that health insurance plans don't consider this necessary surgery and therefore traditionally don't cover any part of the procedure. So could you give me a "ballpark" estimate of the cost for both eyes, please? Thanks.

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Thank you for your email. It sounds like you may be treatable. Most insurance companies don't cover the cost which runs around $4400 for both eyes. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: Am I a candidate for LASIK eye surgery if I have myopia and astigmatism? Cost? Insurance?

Question:

Hello, I am 35 years old. I have myopia and astigmatism. The power in each eye is more than -5. Am I an eligible candidate for lasik. I am not diabetic, no bp. How long is the surgery. What is the cost of the surgery. Can u recommend a good doctor who does lasik. Is lasik covered under any kind of insurance ? If so, can you give the name ?

- Padma

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Hi Padma, Thank you for your email. Your eye prescription sounds treatable. The treatment lasts only a few minutes and costs $4400 for both eyes. Most insurances do not cover the cost. I perform lasik with excellent results. You could call the office to set up an appointment. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: Could I be a candidate for LASIK eye surgery and not have to wear glasses if my current correction is -8.0/-8.5?

Question:

I wear Acuvue extended wear lense;-8.0 in one eye and -8.5 in my dominant eye.Is Lasix a viable option to consider? What percentage of people with my degree of nearsightedness can expect 20/20 vision after lasix? What is the probability that I would continue to need glasses or contacts to correct my nearsighted vision after surgery? Thanks

- harrison

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Your prescription is certainly treatable. 98% of patients I have treated have obtained 20/20 vision with no corrective lenses. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: What are the advantages/disadvantages of superior hinge of the corneal flap or a nasal (horizontal) hinge for LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

I am planning on LASIK in the near future. Do you have a preference between a superior hinge of the corneal flap or a nasal (horizontal) hinge? What are the advantages/disadavantages of each. (Is it personal preference?).

- David

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear David, I do not have a personal preference as I have worked well with both types of instruments. There is no real advantage to either one-however other surgeons may prefer one over the other. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: How much pain is involved during the LASIK procedure and how long is the recovery time?

Question:

How much pain is involved during the procedure and how long is the recovery time?

- Elizabeth

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Elizabeth, The procedure is virtually pain free and the recovery time is 24 hours.Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: If I am going to have a baby, do I need to worry about when I have LASIK Eye Surgery and can I ever wear contact lenses?

Question:

About Laser eye surgery: If I(30 yrs. old) am thinking of having children in a few years, should I wait until after I have them to have the procedure done? Once I have the procedure done and in the future I need a little correction due to age, is it possible to ever wear contacts again?

- Kristen

Answer:

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

No need to wait unless you are already pregnant. Also, you should not be nursing at the time of your evaluation and surgery. Contacts can usually, but not always be worn after LASIK (if you could prior to LASIK)

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: Who can you recommend that does LASIK eye surgery and cornea translate surgery?

Question:

Please advise me on finding an experienced surgeon who does cornea translants and lasik, and/or one who has had success with lasik on a cornea transplant patient. I live in Charlotte NC. Thanks

- Melanie

Answer:

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

I am sorry, but we do not know of specific corneal surgeons out of our immediate region. Try contacting the local university, and good luck. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: What should I do if my LASIK eye surgery was stopped due to an irregular flap and I have a steep cornea?

Question:

I was to have bilateral LASIK last Friday, however, after starting the first eye, the doctor stopped the procedure and said that the flap was irregular and she could not proceed. She did not lift the flap. She said that I would have to wait 3 months before surgery again. I have a very steep cornea and wonder if this could have been part of the problem. I asked the surgeon at an earlier visit what her experiece was and she said that she had performed about 50 LASIKs but several hundred PRKs, but that LASIK was easier since a computer did all the work. When I asked her about the problem at surgery, she said it had to do with the steepness of my cornea. Now I am concerned that I chose the wrong doctor and she is simply not experienced enough. The doctor is with an extremely highly regarded eye center that specializes in cataract surgery. Would you shop for another doctor in my situation? IS the three months waiting time appropriate? By the way, I have healed very well since the procedure. Thank you for any advice that you can give me as I am very upset with this turn of events.

- Wendy

Answer:

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

Your situation is a complex one, and needs to be reviewed in detail by a qualified physician. Factors that can be important are the steepness of the cornea, the experience of your surgeon and (very importantly) the equipment utilized. I highly recommend the 'Down-Up' LASIK procedure, as flap complications are quite rare, even with steeper corneas. This involved using one of the newest generation micro-keratomes, which we have used for the past two years without a single complication. If you would like a complimentary consultation please call Pam at 1-800-824-1073. Thank you. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: With LASIK eye syrgery, could I leave the office with worse vision than when I went in?

Question:

I am considering Lasik surgery...what is the absolute worst thing that could happen? Is there any possibility that i could leave the office with worse vision than when i went in?

- Stephani

Answer:

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

Fortunately, LASIK is a very safe procedure and complications are rare. This has to do with the fact that the laser only works on the very surface of the eye. Because of the excellence of our clinic, we have not had a serious complication in the many years we have performed LASIK. One or two reports of infection or poor healing have been reported in the country, but with careful screening and careful pre-operative evaluation we can identify any potential risk factors. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a free consultation please call Pam at 1-800-824-1073. Thank you for your interest. Sincerely, Dr. John Zdral

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