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Common questions about LASIK vision correction surgery:

  • Does LASIK hurt?

    Because the cornea is numbed with “eye drop” anesthesia, our LASIK patients report little, if any, discomfort both during and after the procedure. Some may feel the sensation of having worn contact lenses too long, but rarely is the discomfort greater than that.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The procedure usually takes no more than 10 minutes to perform when both eyes are done sequentially.

  • When will I be able to see after the procedure?

    Results vary from patient to patient, but 98 percent achieve driving vision by the very next morning. Full visual results are usually realized within one day to four weeks.

  • Will I have 20/20 vision?

    We hope so, but as with any vision correction option, there is no guarantee that you will have perfect vision or that you will not need distance or reading glasses again. Dr. Norden should tell you during the screening process what to expect. Virtually everyone experiences improved vision, and more than 99 percent of patients see well enough to pass a driver’s test without corrective lenses.

  • Will the results be permanent?

    In the many years LASIK has been performed, the correction has been permanent. Based on our knowledge of the cornea, there is no reason to believe that there would be any changes.

  • What problems may occur?

    Serious problems are quite rare; minor problems are easily managed. Today’s improved custom software has significantly reduced the frequency of even minor difficulties.

Questions to ask your laser eye surgeon when considering LASIK surgery, Intacs, or other cornea and refractive procedures: