Q: After I have laser eye surgery, will my vision change later in life?
A: As our body’s age, usually after 40 years old, we experience a decline in the quality of our vision, typically up close (reading) vision is affected. This age-related problem is called Presbyopia, which is due to a weakening of the lens within the eye. Click here for more information on Presbyopia and vision correction options. By age 60 many individuals may experience Cataracts, a condition in which clouding of the natural lens inside of the eye affects our overall vision. Individuals affected by Cataracts require a special lens procedure to correct their vision. Those affected by cataracts typically experience vision issues like decreased visual clarity, cloudy vision or find it difficult to drive at night. Click here, for more information on Cataracts and correction options.
Your vision will change later in life regardless of whether you have had laser eye surgery or not. The goal of laser eye surgery is to provide clear vision and eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses for your current vision impairment. Laser eye surgery is very effective in providing clear vision by permanently correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. After your laser eye surgery, it can take about 3 to 6 months for your eyes to heal and completely adjust to your new vision. Included with each laser eye surgery is our 1-year Commitment Promise, which includes 1 year of follow-up appointments to monitor your vision during your healing process and to ensure your vision stabilizes at its best corrected visual acuity. Also included is an enhancement procedure, if necessary. We find that our statistics at IQ Laser Vision, less than 1% of laser eye surgery patients require more than one procedure to achieve their best corrected visual acuity. Q: Will I experience any pain with laser eye surgery?
A: At IQ Laser Vision it is our goal to ensure that our patients have a very comfortable experience during and after their procedure. Anesthetic drops and medicated eye drops are administered for the procedure itself. You may feel some slight pressure, but will not experience any pain during your laser eye surgery. Once the procedure is complete, some patients may experience some mild stinging and tearing of the eyes by the time they get home. This occurs as the numbing drops wear off. We recommend going to sleep as soon as you return home after your surgery and going to sleep for the next 4-6 hours as instructed will minimize discomfort and provide rest for your eyes to recover. Most patients are able to return to their routine activities the very next day.
Q: What will I see during the procedure?
A: During the procedure, we will ask you to focus on a blurry, blinking red light. Immediately after the procedure the red light should become much clearer, and you should notice an improvement in your vision.
Q: I am very concerned about being able to remain still during the procedure?
A: This is a common fear many patients have and we are very aware of this. At IQ Laser Vision, we use the latest vision correction technology to reduce the actual laser treatment time required and therefore minimizing the time you need to remain still. Focusing on the laser light is also important and Dr. Lin will talk you through the entire process. Many patients only require a few seconds of treatment. If for any reason there is eye movement, our lasers are equipped with laser eye trackers that follow your eye during the procedure to deliver the treatment accurately. They are also designed to stop instantly if necessary. To minimize blinking, your eye will be numbed by an aesthetic drop and a small device called a speculum is gently placed to hold your eye lids open. We welcome you to come observe an actual procedure at our viewing room to ease any additional fears you may have and to also witness how simple and quick the actual process is.
Q: What is the difference in creating a flap with a traditional microkeratome versus a laser?
A: At IQ Laser Vision, we offer Custom Micro-LASIK®, this flap technique can be created with either a microkeratome or an all laser method using the Zeimer Z6 Femtosecond LASER. Both techniques create a flap between 90-110 microns and use the same custom laser for treatment. Our experience in using either technique for our patients have provided similar and excellent results.
Q: Are there any long-term side effects of LASIK?
A: Over 20 million people worldwide, including our surgeon Dr. Lin, have had laser eye surgery since it was introduced decades ago. Long-term side effects are very rare, but understanding the risks of laser eye surgery is important. As mentioned above, there are a few common side effects associated with laser eye surgery but are typically short-term, including dry eyes and halos/glare. In extremely rare cases where the stromal bed is below 250 microns (0.25mm), the cornea can become unstable and require other procedures to strengthen and reshape it. At IQ Laser Vision, we measure the corneal thickness during the surgery to ensure that we maintain at least 275 microns in the stromal bed. With the Custom Micro-LASIK® thin flap technique we usually have more than 350 microns in the stromal bed for greater stability and decreased potential for any long-term side effects.
Q: I have high astigmatism. Can it be treated?
A: Yes, with our Custom Micro-LASIK® technology we are able to treat up to -6.00 diopters of astigmatism.