LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Jul
1999

Q&A: What year did eye laser surgery get started?

Question:

What year did eye laser surgery get started?

- Ron

Answer:

 Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Ron, Laser eye Surgery has been performed since around 1987. Sincerely Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: What treatment is recommended to correct Astigmatismus myopicus (-0.25 / -4.0)?

Question:

I have Astigmatismus myopicus. Left eye is -0,25, Right eye is -4.0. Tell me method for the medical tretham for the eyes.

- Natasa

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Natasa, The treatment I recommend is Lasik. Sincerely Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: I was having LASIK and the LASIK machine stopped during the flap cutting. Do I really have to wait three months to try again or can it be done earlier?

Question:

I was having a lasik operation last Saterday. However while cutting the flap, it all stopped at once and the cutting of the flap could not be continued. the Surgeon explained this happens in 0,1% of the cases. He said that now I have to wait for 3 months in order to do it again. Could you explain how this can happen? What causes the Lasik machine to stop during the cutting of the flap? Was the doctor right about aborting the operation? Could the doctor do the operation earlier than after 3 months? Thanks in advance for your answers, it might take away some of my anciousness. Kind regards, Daisy Saelens

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Daisy, Your doctor was absolutely correct.The treatment should not continue unless the flap is absolutely perfect. The "Flap- maker" is a mechanical instrument which can occassionaly jam at the gears. I'm sure you will do very well the next time. Best of Luck Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Lasik Center

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: What are the complications of LASIK vision surgery?

Question:

What are the complications of lasik vision surgery? I have capillary fragility, would that cause a problem with lasik surgery? I am 53 years old, is that a problem

- donna

Answer:

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

Please go to the following site for excellent information. http://www.locateadoc.com/scripts/LDredirect.cfm?client=lasikinstitute

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: Is LASIK generally covered by insurance and what is the average cost for this procedure?

Question:

Is this procedure generally covered by insurance. Average costs for the procedure.

- violet

Answer:

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

In most cases, insurance does not cover the LASIK procedure. However, we have found a few policies which do have some coverage. It is best to come in for a free consultation at which time we can verify the insurance that you have. The average cost for the procedure is $1900.00 per eye. There are many types of financial arrangements and payment programs available which again would be discussed at your free consultation. Please call Pam at 1-800-824-1073 to set this up.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: What can I do, in addition to LASIK surgery, to avoid reading glasses?

Question:

What can I do, in addition to LASIK surgery, to avoid reading glasses?

- Gail

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Monovision Contact lenses (one for distance, one for reading) are also an alternative. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: Can LASIK eye surgery be performed on a seven year old boy and if not, what age is recommended?

Question:

my son is 7, is nearsighted with a stigmatism in his left eye. hes been wearing glasses for 3 years now... would you recommend Laser Eye Surgery (Lasik)for such a young child? If not, at what age would you suggest is safe?

- mom

Answer:

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

No. In rare circumstances someone younger than 18 might be considered.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: How long do I need to wait before having LASIK eye surgery if my doctor found my flap was too thin?

Question:

During a Lasik surgery procedure on my left eye my doctor found that my "flap" was too thin and aborted the procedure with out using the laser. How long do I have to wait before I can go back and have the procedure reperformed? And how long would I have to wait if I opted for PRK instead? Thank you in advance, Danielle

Answer:

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

I would recommend waiting four months before repeating the procedure. I would not recommend PRK at this time. If you would like us to evaluate your eyes more carefully to assess your particular situation, then please schedule a complimentary consultation by calling Pam at 1-800-824-1073.

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



Jul
1999

Q&A: If my main problem is astigmatism, how do I decide if and when (age-wise) to have LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

Dear sir, I am considering having lasik surgery done to clear up my astigmatism. I read that if I have a certain type of vision problem, that often when a person gets older and starts to lose his vision do to age, the two problems being the oposite of each other balance themselves out. If I have this certain type of vision problem and have lasik surgery done, then when I get older and start to lose my vision due to age, the two problems will not balance each other out because I would have already eliminated one of the problems. Therefore I will be left with a vision problem due to old age and once again continue to have to use glasses. The story I read did not explain exactly which vision problem it was that balances itself with age so I can check if it is the problem I have. Is all this true? Can you explain a little more in detail how this balancing process works and if i'm better off waiting ? I'm 31 years old now. Thank you very much. Tobias Maes

Answer:

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

If astigmatism is your main problem, and if you need glasses for most or all tasks at distance and near, then you are not losing much. Presbyopia affects everyone ~40 y/o and gets worse with age. You will have to deal with it wether you have LASIK or not. People with low amounts of myopia (with little or no astigmatism) can take their glasses off to read. Those people need to understand that having their distance vision corrected means they will need glasses for reading. The best way to decide is to think about when you would prefer to wear glasses.

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



Jun
1999

Q&A: What exactly is astigmatism and why would my doctor say I will start laser treatment at age 26?

Question:

what exactly is astimatism, myo-astigmatism I think what my doctor told me I not quite sure what it is and he has told me that I will begin laser treatment at age 26, why is this so, and are there any other way to treat my condition? thanks.

- avery

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Avery, Thank you for your letter. "Myopic astigmatism" is a combination of near-sightedness with an oval shape to the corneas. Once your prescription is stable you can be treated. Age is not usually the only criteria. Thank you Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Jun
1999

Q&A: How bad can your nearsightedness be and still get corrective surgery and can I wear contacts if I am not corrected to 20/20?

Question:

I am very nearsighted, with healthy corneas. How nearsighted can one be and still be a candidate for corrective surgery ? How safe is it, and can I wear contact lenses afterward in the event my vision cannot be corrected to 20/20

- Mark

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Thank you for your email. We can treat up to -12 glasses with lasik. The procedure is very safe and most people can still wear contacts after, although I usually recommend a re-treatment if you are not satisfied with your vision. Sincerely, Alexandra Chebil M.D. The Lasik Center

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



Jun
1999

Q&A: Will LASIK be a permanent change to my vision? Typically what will the surgery cost for both eyes with myself being nearsighted and having an astigmatism?

Question:

Will this be a permanent change to my vision? Will my vision change back or get worse? Typically what will the surgery cost for both eyes with myself being nearsighted and having an astigmatism?

- Tony

Answer:

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

Yes, but other factors (cataracts,etc.)can influence your sight in the future. LASIK typically costs around $4500. total for both eyes.

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