Answers To Common Questions About LASIK

We Know You Have Questions. We Have Answers!

We would be a little worried if you didn't have any questions about LASIK! Here are some answers to the most commonly-asked questions we get asked:

What are the possible risks and complications of LASIK?

More than 14 million Americans have had LASIK over the years. LASIK is one of the safest medical procedures done today, but as with any surgical procedure there are potential risks, including:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery
  • Visual symptoms, such as halos, glare, starbursts or double vision
  • Loss of vision

In the hands of a qualified and highly experienced surgeon like Dr. Spivack, these risks are greatly minimized.

Will I have any nighttime side effects?

Most people have some level of night vision problems—with or without LASIK. You may have heard people complain about seeing halos, glare and starbursts after LASIK when driving at night. This can occur the first few months after LASIK, but these conditions usually subside. Dr. Spivack uses some of the most advanced lasers for precise vision correction, so these complications are minimized.

How much does LASIK cost?

LASIK at Spivack Western Slope LASIK Center varies, depending on the type of technology that is used.

Dr. Spivack offers LASIK financing options and encourages people to use their Flex Plans to help make better vision more affordable.

You should never select a LASIK center based solely on price alone. Make sure that you are getting the very best technology available—after all, your eyesight is precious!

The price of LASIK will go down over time, right?

Probably not. The cost of advanced LASIK technology is likely to keep rising because it is a highly personalized service that can only be provided by trained medical professionals. Dr. Spivack feels strongly about investing whatever is necessary to keep his LASIK technology up-to-date to provide exceptional results. The good news is that it is usually cheaper in the long run to invest in LASIK than to continue buying replacement glasses and contact lenses.

Will I be able to see 20/20 after LASIK?

Dr. Spivack has had a 20/20 vision success rate for 85% of his patients. While he cannot guarantee that every patient will achieve 20/20 vision, his free LASIK Consultation allows him to analyze your vision characteristics and know if you have the optimal traits to be a good candidate for the procedure.

Will I ever need glasses again?

Maybe. After age 45, you may experience a different vision condition called Presbyopia. This occurs when the eye lenses naturally become gradually stiffer over time, causing difficulties in seeing close-up. You may need reading glasses later in life whether or not you have had LASIK.

Does LASIK hurt?

Dr. Spivack uses blade-free LASIK procedures, which are virtually painless. Most patients experience only a mild sense of pressure during the procedure—little more than you would experience if you were inserting or removing contact lenses. It seems unbelievable that having surgery on your eyes would be painless, but LASIK is truly amazing technology!

What is the recovery time of LASIK

Most people are able to see more clearly, without glasses, immediately following the procedure. While it may be tempting to run out and see the world, it's important to give your eyes time to rest for the remainder of the day. Most people return to work the day after their LASIK procedure. Make sure you follow your doctor's recommendations and take the proper dosage of eye drops to avoid infection.

What happens if I blink or move during LASIK?

Don't worry! Dr. Spivack uses super high-tech lasers that have an ultra high speed eye tracking system to ensure that your eyes stay exactly where they need to be during LASIK. Any twitches will be completely neutralized to ensure your safety and precise results.

Are contacts safer than LASIK?

Let's face it: contact lenses are a hassle. You can leave them in your eyes too long, forget to sterilize them, have them slip while driving and lose them in the carpet. Contacts do have a risk of infection and even corneal ulcers due to prolonged wear and poor maintenance.

LASIK removes the hassles of correcting poor vision through contacts. It's a permanent solution that can change your life. A 2006 study of LASIK versus contacts by Dr. William Mathers at the Oregon Health & Science University stated: "One shouldn't just assume that contacts are safer than LASIK. This may have been true at one time, but for the average person this is certainly not the case anymore."

Why should I worry about LASIK technology?

LASIK technology has become much more advanced since the first procedures in the 1990s. For example, Dr. Spivack no longer uses a hand-held spinning blade (the microkeratome) to create a corneal flap—he uses blade-free lasers that result in greater accuracy and more stability. His excimer laser (that's the laser used to actually correct your refractive error) is one of the most precise on the market today. This means that he can give the "green light" for LASIK to more patients who might not have been candidates in the past.

Dr. Spivack is always on the lookout for new trends and equipment options, so you can be sure that you are getting the very best vision correction at Spivack Western Slope LASIK Center.

How will I know if I'm choosing the right LASIK surgeon?

Dr. Spivack has had a 20/20 vision success rate for 99% of his patients. While he cannot guarantee that every patient will achieve 20/20 vision, his free LASIK Consultation allows him to analyze your vision characteristics and know if you have the optimal traits to be a good candidate for the procedure.

If you have researched LASIK, you know that there are dozens of LASIK providers in your area. The most important tip we can give you is don't base your surgical decision on price alone. You must feel 100% confident in your surgeon's technical training, level of experience and bedside manner. It's your right and your duty to ask your surgeon tough questions—and demand satisfactory answers. You want to be given the opportunity to make your own decisions. Finally, make sure you choose someone that is experienced using the best LASIK technologies available.

If you still have questions about LASIK, please contact us to schedule your free LASIK Consultation so we can get all of your questions answered.