Frequently Asked Questions

LASIK is, generally, a painless procedure. After having been well informed as to what to expect during your procedure, fear of the unknown is reduced. You do have the option of a mild sedative which helps to alleviate anxiety, and combined with the local anesthetic (eye drops) used to completely numb your eye, very little is felt during surgery. The more common complaints are a general pressure sensation on the eyelids from the instruments used to hold your eye open, AND a pressure sensation on the eye. The advantage to LASIK is that there is little, if any discomfort in the healing process as you experience a rapid return to vision.

With the PRK procedure, some discomfort is common in the first three to five days that follow surgery. Because of the difference in the treatment of the cornea, the healing process for PRK is slower, as is the visual recovery. During the initial phase of your healing, a bandage contact lens is worn to increase comfort and speed healing. This lens has no power and generally has no effect on your vision.

Yes. Having bilateral LASIK is common and has many advantages. Aside from the scheduling convenience (for both your home and work), having both eyes done maintains balance.

PRK is also generally done both eyes on the same day as well.

Prior to your consultation and surgery at SkyVision Centers, your contact lenses must remain out of your eyes for an extended period of time determined by lens type. While our time requirement may seem more extreme than that of other centers, we feel the longer you are out of your lenses, the more accurate our measurements and the better your outcome. Contact lenses of all types reshape the cornea, sometimes permanently.

Soft lenses (this includes daily, extended wear, and Toric lenses for astigmatism) are to be kept out of your eyes for one week.

Gas Permeable lenses should be kept out of your eyes a minimum of one month. Usually, gas perm wearers have worn these lenses for years. If this is true in your case, additional time without the lenses may be needed (usually one additional week for every decade of use).

Hard lenses, though extremely rare anymore, may require three to six months of non-use.

Yes. LASIK and PRK do not stop the aging process of the eyes and cannot prevent eye disorders and diseases. Aging brings about the normal process of presbyopia which creates blurred near vision. Other issues related to age like cataracts can also bring about a need for glasses until corrective surgery is deemed appropriate (LASIK and PRK do not cause cataracts)..

Laser Vision Correction is a very successful procedure, hence, its popularity. It is, however, surgery and not without risks, complications and/or negative side effects. Most common are dry eye issues, halo/glare or night vision problems, and flap complications. It is very important to discuss with your doctor and staff your expectations and the risks involved with LASIK or PRK.

All the answers to these questions depend upon your individual healing process and the type of surgery you have had. LASIK offers a rapid return to good vision. Most patients are able to drive themselves to their post operative visit the following day. Depending upon your work environment (not dusty or debris ridden), most patients return to work or normal routine right after their one day post operative appointment is done. PRK patients may need to arrange for a driver as long as three days out from surgery. The return to work is determined by how quickly you feel you have functional vision, usually 3 days or so after your procedure.

Yes. Some patients may experience a regression of vision. They may slide backwards from their optimum, 20/20 for example, to 20/40 (still legal driving vision) or needing glasses again. They may fall to a functional vision, but desire an enhancement to sharpen what has occurred in the healing process. Some patients may be undercorrected, and some opt for monovision, a surgical choice to aid the presbyopic process, and change their minds. An enhancement is a second surgery. It is not usually done sooner than six months after the initial procedure, even if indicated during the initial post operative visits, to ensure your vision has stabilized. These are included in the fee at no charge for the first 12 months after the initial surgery.

The fee also includes all visits after surgery related for one year. If an enhancement is needed beyond the 12 month period a fee applies.

Laser Vision Correction is not a covered expense under a medical insurance policy. If you have vision insurance coverage, check the details of your policy. There are a few company's that offer a discount. Some of the more popular one's in the Northeast Ohio area are VSP and EyeMed. Do not hesitate to contact us at 440-892-3931 for help with this or any other questions.

Our patients pay for their procedures in a variety of ways. SkyVision Centers accept most major credit cards. We also offer No-Interest financing plans through Care Credit. You can apply online via our website, or receive information from our coordinator to contact them directly. Other options may include benefits from your employer. Some companies offer an FSA "flex accounts" or "cafeteria plans" which help their employee save for a procedure by deductions from your paycheck prior to taxes. If you have one of the new HSA or Health Savings Plans you may be able to use these funds to pay for your LASIK. You may want to check with your employer regarding particular requirements and deadlines for your plan.

You can expect to be at the facility usually one to two hours. The total time in the surgery suite is about ten to fifteen minutes and the actual laser time is less than one minute per eye. Most of the visit is preparation and discussion.