LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Apr
1999

Q&A: I have astigmatisms in both eyes. Can LASIK correct it and how much would it cost?

Question:

I have terrible eyesight. i.e. Stigmatisms in both eyes. Can it be corrected? and if so how much would it cost? Does HMO insurance cover any of the cost?

Astigmatism is best treated by LASIK. You need to check with your HMO to see if they have benefits that include refractive surgery.

- Mary

Answer:

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

Astigmatism is best treated by LASIK. You need to check with your HMO to see if they have benefits that include refractive surgery.

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



Apr
1999

Q&A: Is my son an appropriate age at 27 to consider LASIK eye surgery and should he shop for price and experience?

Question:

Is there a DOCTOR out there who can tell me why I get these toungue ulcers from time to time.They are little white spots on the side of the tongue that feel like someone is poking a needle in my tongue. Is there a remedy. The ulcer will go away and come back a few weeks later. My son is 27 years old and considering Lasik surgery. Is this right age? Should he be price shopping or shopping for an experienced Doctor? What is a reasonable fee range? Thanks

- Miller

Answer:

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

LASIK is a reasonable option for anyone with healthy stable eyes. Age helps you determine the relative likelihood of stability. Many 27 year olds have a stable refraction. Experience is the key factor in choosing a surgeon. Ask around and see where the doctors have their surgery. A reasonable price for surgery is $2250.00 per eye.

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



Apr
1999

Q&A: Am I a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery if I am nearsighted, one eye -6.5 and the other -2?

Question:

How do I find out if I am a good candidate for the LASIK procedure? I am nearsighted, but my eyes are very different. One eye is about a -6.5, and the other eye is about a -2. Thanks. Also, is this procedure allowed by HMO insurance?

- Arlene

Answer:

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

Your eyes are well within the range for LASIK treatment. I would encourage you to come into the office for a consultation, at which time we can review all of your options. Typically, the LASIK procedure is not covered by insurance, but we will be happy to check for you. Sincerely, John Zdral, M.D.

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



Mar
1999

Q&A: What are the pros and cons of biliniar LASIK eye surgery as opposed to doing one eye at a time?

Question:

What are the pros and cons of biliniar lasik surgery opposed to doing one eye at a time?

- G.

Answer:

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

Most patients we treat elect to have both eyes treated at once, in order to avoid having to return to the laser center one week later to repeat the procedure, which would include additional post op visits and time away from work. The drawback to treating both eyes is that you may have blurry vision for the first one to three days following the procedure, depending upon your rate of healing. Some patients that are low myopes may treat only one eye leaving the other eye near sighted for reading; this is known as monovision. We would encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation if possible to find out more about what laser vision can achieve for you.

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



Feb
1999

Q&A: Will I be able to reading without glasses if I am nearsighted and I have LASIK or PRK eye surgery done?

Question:

I am a lawyer. Consequently, I do lots of reading. I am nearsighted but have no problem with close range reading. How soon after PRK or LASIK will I be able to read from books, etc., normally again?

- Marian

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

If you can read now with your distance glasses, you should have no problem reading after laser eye surgery. However, if you must remove your glasses to read you probably should try "monovision" with one eye used as a reading eye- otherwise, you will need reading glasses after your treatment. Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil (800) 841-3717

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



Feb
1999

Q&A: What is my prognosis if I have developed central / secretorial Coroidopathy (pigmentation cells) after LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

Having been done a Lasik operation -I am 68 years old,I have developed a Central and secretorial Coroidopathy(pigmentation cells).I am taking Predsone - 40 mg for ten days, 30 mg for ten days and now 20 mg for ten days. What is the prognosis?

- Walter

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

I'm sorry to say that my expertise is mainly in laser vision correction.I am not able to give you an informed answer to your question. This requires more detailed knowledge of the retina than I possess. Sincerely, Dr. A. Chebil

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



Feb
1999

Q&A: What are the key criteria for choosing the right LASIK eye surgeon?

Question:

My ophthalmologist recommended LASIK surgery, and I am trying to find a qualified doctor to perform the surgery. What are the key criteria? Number of LASIK surgeries? Experience with my type of eyes (severe myopia with astigmatism, and over age 40 need for reading glasses)? Academic affiliation? Costs? Guarantees? References? Also, what is your view on monovision? When is it approprite, and when not?

- Chris

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Chris, The most important criteria is the doctor's experience with lasik. The usual "learning curve" is 100 treatments. The technique does not vary with your prescription (severe or low etc.). You should also be comfortable with your doctor's ability-happy patients who refer is more important than affiliations and cost. Like any medical treatment it is not possible to give guarantees, however ask what the "success rate" is.Monovision works 90% of the time. The office exam can show you how you would see. Dr. Chebil (800) 841-3717

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



Feb
1999

Q&A: Is LASIK eye surgery permanent and is there a higher risk of macular degeneration and cataracts at a later age?

Question:

Is the surgery permanent? Since LASIK uses UV light and exposure to UV light over time can cause macular degeneration and cataracts, are refractive patients at higher risk for these later in life? Should I be concerned about a clinic where the surgeon is not present at the consultation?

- Levar

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Levar, Thank you for your question. Laser Surgery is permanent, although retreatments are sometimes necessary (usually within the first three months). There does not appear to be increased risk of macular degeneration and cataracts because the laser beam is focused on the cornea only. Every center "screens" patients differently. I prefer to see patients myself prior to surgery, but other good centers may not. I think the doctor doing the treatment should see you at least once prior to your treament. Sincerely, Dr. Chebil (The Laser Center Irvine CA)

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



Feb
1999

Q&A: About how much does Lasik cost?

Question:

About how much does Lasik cost?

- Mark

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Mark, The cost of Lasik is $2,200 per eye. Payment plans are available. Our fee includes a life-time guarantee for good distance vision. (free retreatments). Sincerely, Dr. Alexandra Chebil The Laser Center Irvine CA.

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



Feb
1999

Q&A: If I have LASIK eye surgery, can I still smoke marijuana because of the resulting dry eye?

Question:

I was considering having LASIK surgery done, but was concerned about the dryness in my eyes. I'm especially interested in the effects of smoking marijuana after surgery since it often causes dryness and irritation in the eyes. Has anyone done any research or know of any effects of smoking marijuana and LASIK surgery?

- Marty

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Marty, Lasik can be done even with dry eyes-many people with dry eyes cannot wear contacts and opt for Lasik for this same reason. I am not aware of any specific tests pertaining to lasik and smoking marijuana. Sincerely Dr. Alexandra Chebil

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



Jan
1999

Q&A: Does LASIK eye surgery help Keratoconus?

Question:

Does this treatment help Keratoconus

- Maxine

Answer:

Lasik is not recommended for keratoconus as yet. New treatment protocols may allow this in the future, but I would wait for their evalulation before proceeding. Donald Tingley. MD

--Chris Rizzo
Orlando, Florida



Jan
1999

Q&A: At this time, does LASIK correct for both astigmatism & myopia?

Question:

At this time, does LASIK correct for both astigmatism & myopia?

- Lee

Answer:

Yes, LASIK is able to correct both astigmatism and myopia. It is also able to work when doing hyperopia. DT

--Chris Rizzo
Orlando, Florida