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Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK

lasik-faqLASIK is one of the most popular vision care procedures in the nation, and it’s certainly a very commonly performed treatment here at Grochmal Eye Center. Dr. Jay C. Grochmal has performed thousands of LASIK and laser vision correction procedures, and knows first-hand how effective this treatment can be for patients who want to reduce their reliance on glasses and contact lenses.

Here are a few of the many frequently asked questions about LASIK. For more answers to LASIK FAQs, you can visit our main LASIK page, or contact Grochmal Eye Center today.

Are there any risks if a patient needs to have his or her LASIK procedure re-done later on?

There are always risks to any surgical procedure, and the degree of risk associated with a secondary LASIK procedure will depend on each patient. In some cases, patients may experience some blurriness with far-distance vision years after the initial LASIK procedure. Patients who have thick enough corneal tissue may be eligible for a secondary LASIK treatment or other laser vision correction procedure. In cases of near vision blurriness, this is common among patients over 40 and cannot be improved with another laser treatment. Once our eye doctors at Grochmal Eye Center have examined you, they can talk more with you about your options and develop the best treatment plan for your needs.

When is it “too late” to have LASIK?

The ideal age for LASIK is in the 20s to 30s and early 40s range. Factors such as presbyopia and the need for reading glasses will need to be taken into account after age 40; however, LASIK can still be a very effective treatment. LASIK may not be the best option for patients in their 50s and 60s because this is the age range where cataracts often occur; but, the procedure can still be very effective for patients who are looking to enhance their vision after cataract removal. Patients in their 70s and 80s have had LASIK and emerged with very successful results.

Is IntraLase™ LASIK better than the traditional LASIK procedure? Which one should I choose?

IntraLase™ is often a preferable option for many patients because the procedure allows our doctors to reshape the cornea without the need for a surgical blade. Its also known for its extraordinarily precise results. Most of our patients are candidates for IntraLase™, and it has become a very popular LASIK technique here at our practice.

How often do your patients achieve 20/20 vision without needing corrective lenses after surgery?

Many of our patients achieve 20/20 vision after LASIK surgery and significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for corrective lenses following the procedure. However, it’s important to remember that each person’s outcome will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of his or her previous prescription, age, and others. Our doctors can give you a better idea of the potential results and talk with you about how LASIK can meet your individual goals at the initial consultation.

Please contact Grochmal Eye Center for more information, or to schedule a LASIK evaluation.