LASIK Eye Surgery Questions and Answers Archive

Jan
1999

Q&A: Should I be concerned about Epithelial Ingrowth regarding my upcoming LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

I am scheduled for the Lasik procedure and after doing some research I am quite comfortable with it. I am concerned regarding one complication I have read about; epithileal ingrowth. Could you please explain this complication. How is it treated/prevented? How do I know if it is occurring?

- Bob

Answer:

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

Epithelial ingrowth is rare and usually occur in a surgeons first 500 cases. The best treatment is meticulous surgery when you are performing LASIK.

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



Jan
1999

Q&A: Where can I find published statistics on the vision correction results of LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

I believe that I was told in a recent LASIK consultation that approximately 60% of the individuals that undergo the procedure get 20/20 vision or better. I asked for the stats but have yet to receive them. Do you know the hard stats regarding the results of the procedure? Where can I find them? What can I expect?

- Kevin

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

Dear Kevin, It is not always possible to accurately predict your visual out-come after lasik. Results depend on the health of your eyes, and the strength of your prescription (more predictable with mild to moderate, worse with severe prescriptions). Most of my patients (98%) obtain 20/20 vision although some require "enhancements" which we offer at no additional fee. If you wish to obtain global results, contact www.visx.com, a prominent laser manufacturer. Thank-you, Dr. Alexandra Chebil M.D.

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



Jan
1999

Q&A: In choosing a LASIK eye surgeon, is the number of previously performed surgeries important?

Question:

Is it important in choosing a doctor to perform LASIK that he/she have performed a significant number of LASIK procedures previ

- Martha

Answer:

Alexandra Christine Chebil, MD, FRCSC - LocateADoc.com

The doctor's experience is one of the main factors in the success of the treatment. The "learning curve" for lasik is around 500 treatments, so your doctor should have performed at least that many. After 500 successful treatments , the quality of treatment should be good.

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



Jul
2000

Q&A: What results can I expect from LASIK eye surgery?

Question:

What results can I expect from LASIK?

- AskADoc

Answer:

Ella G. Faktorovich, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

LASIK improves the uncorrected vision?one's visual capacity while not wearing corrective lenses?in most patients who have the procedure. Over 90% of patients with low to moderate myopia to achieve 20/40 vision, which most states and provinces consider good enough to drive without having to wear contacts or glasses, and many can expect to achieve 20/20 vision or better. However, there are no guarantees that you will have perfect vision, and patients with high myopia (more than -7D) and high hyperopia (more than +4D) should have lower expectations. People who are most satisfied with the results of laser correction clearly understand the potential risks and complications and possess realistic expectations of what their vision will be like after surgery.

--Ella G. Faktorovich, M.D.
San Francisco, California