Frequently Asked Questions

What is Laser Vision Correction?

Laser Vision Correction involves changing the shape of the cornea (front surface of the eye) using one of a variety of micro-surgical techniques. The main goal is to modify the shape of the eye so that light will focus properly on the Retina (back of the eye, like the film of a camera). Commonly performed laser procedures currently include LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), EPI-LASIK and LASEK.

What is Custom Laser Vision Correction?

The Custom Laser Vision Correction equipment can detect and treat more subtle distortions or irregularities in your vision (called Higher Order Aberrations). The WaveScan diagnostic equipment designs a treatment as unique to you as your fingerprint. Results can give you a higher definition of visual quality than your eyeglasses or contact lenses. The diameter of the Laser treatment can be enlarged if you have larger than average pupils (when measured in a completely darkened environment). Custom Individualized Laser Vision correction goes a long way toward reducing the chance that you may develop unpleasant night vision symptoms such as glare, halos and starburst.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

In order to determine if your refractive condition can be corrected with Laser Vision Correction you will need to have a complimentary screening evaluation. This technically advanced evaluation is designed to see if you are within an acceptable treatment range. Once candidacy is determined, a complete and thorough eye exam is necessary prior to the Laser procedure. To prepare for this exam you will need to remove your contact lenses for 7-14 days for soft lenses and for 3-4 weeks or more for hard lenses. This exam is intended to ensure that your vision is stable and that there are not any contra-indications to surgery.

How do I choose a Surgeon?

Be an informed consumer. Ask questions regarding the surgeon’s background, experience, and the outcomes they have had in delivering vision correction. Ask your eye doctor for a recommendation. Attend informational seminars or have a complimentary evaluation. Ask the surgeon questions specific to your visual needs and expectations. Dr. Salinger and his surgical team have performed thousands of successful vision correction procedures since 1996. He has extensive experience in delivering results consistent with your visual needs.

What are the risks associated with Laser Vision Correction?

The most common side effects during the immediate post-operative period are discomfort, light sensitivity, blurred vision during healing, inadequate correction, over correction, glare, haze, starburst, and induced astigmatism. These side effects usually diminish as the eye heals during the first 2-3 months. While significant complications are very rare, some of the problems that can occur include infection, intra-operative complications, inadequate healing, persistent irregular astigmatism, and unstable vision. This is not a complete list of side effects or complications. It is very important to discuss the potential risks and any unique aspects of your specific case with your doctor prior to consenting to surgery.

How long will the procedure actually take?

You will be at the V.I.P. Laser Eye Center for approximately 2 hours. The time in the Laser Suite with the surgeon is 25 to 30 minutes (if you are having the procedure for both eyes). The actual Laser treatment time is usually less than one minute per eye.

Does the treatment hurt?

The Laser procedure is not painful since numbing or anesthesia eye drops are used before and during the procedure. After the surgery most people experience a little discomfort often described as a mild scratchy or gritty feeling, like an eyelash in the eye or similar to having overworn contact lenses. These are temporary symptoms and are not a problem for most people.

Can both eyes be done at the same time?

Due to the advanced technology used to perform Laser Vision Correction, both eyes are most often treated on the same day. It is possible that the second eye can be treated anywhere from a few days to several months after the first eye. You may discuss this with your doctor.

Do the results last?

Laser Vision Correction is considered to be a permanent procedure. Sometimes regression can occur which may be sufficient enough that you may wish to consider an enhancement procedure to improve your visual results. Laser Vision Correction treats your current level of Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism. It will not prevent a progression of your need for a stronger prescription if this were to have naturally occurred. It will also not prevent any age-related conditions such as presbyopia (the need for “readers” or “magnifiers” for near vision) or cataracts, which usually occurs later in life.

What does Laser Vision Correction cost?

When compared to non-surgical alternatives, refractive surgery is surprisingly cost effective. Pricing is related to your candidacy for Custom or Conventional Laser Vision Correction. The procedures can be financed at competitive rates. Ask our staff to discuss your options.

Does insurance cover Laser Vision Correction?

Most insurance companies consider Laser Vision Correction an elective procedure and as a result do not reimburse this procedure as a covered benefit. Beware of your insurance carrier directing you to a “discount provider” that has agreed to offer the procedure at a significantly discounted price. The insurance company in this case is not subsidizing or paying any part of the procedure to your surgeon, he is absorbing the discounted price into your overall care. On rare occasions an insurance company may truly pay for a portion of the procedure costs. It is certainly worth checking with your insurance company and we encourage you to call them.

When will I be able to return to work?

Most patients can return to their normal activities the day after the LASIK procedure, possibly 4-6 days after the EPI-LASIK procedure. Your surgeon and his staff will discuss with you any activities you should avoid during the immediate post-operative period.