LASIK FAQs: The Answers to 6 of Your Top Questions

Do you have any questions about Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery? Very well. Each year, 600,000 Americans undergo corrective LASIK surgery, a revolutionary procedure that has continued to improve since it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 20 years ago.

Let’s look at some of the most common questions when considering LASIK, so you can better understand what it’s all about.

Q: Well, what is LASIK?

A: LASIK is an outpatient procedure that corrects common vision problems caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In the first step of the design, the doctor makes a thin corneal flap as light as human hair. Next, the doctor guides a precision laser to remove microscopic tissue and reshape the corneas, restoring precise vision.

The surgery lasts approximately 15 minutes and has immediate results and a quick recovery.

Q: How can I tell if LASIK is right for me?

A: Whether LASIK is the best option for you depends first on how comfortable you are with your vision and corrective lenses. If your job or lifestyle activities make it difficult for you to wear glasses or contact lenses regularly, LASIK may be the correct procedure for you.

After performing a complete LASIK exam, your doctor will determine if LASIK is a good option.

Q: Am I a good candidate?

A: To qualify for LASIK, patients must be at least 18 years of age, be in good general health, have no eye conditions that may hinder the healing process, and have a stable eye prescription for at least 1 year.

Q: Does insurance cover LASIK?

A: Your vision care coverage may include LASIK discounts, such as those offered to EyeMed members, so it’s worth checking with a Human Resources representative or benefits provider. LASIK is also eligible in most health savings accounts and flexible spending benefit accounts, which means you can use pre-tax dollars for your LASIK procedure.

Q: Does LASIK last forever?

A: In sporadic cases, a second treatment may be necessary due to natural vision changes caused by systemic diseases or hormonal changes that occur as we age. 

Eligibility for a second LASIK procedure, or an upgrade, depends mainly on the thickness of the cornea. 

Q: Who should I talk to for more information?

A: Anyone considering LASIK should see a LASIK provider for a complete LASIK exam and questions about corrective surgery options. EyeMed insurance members can get a free LASIK consultation from a network of providers who have gone through strict certification processes.

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