LASIK FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

LASIK FAQsDue to its success rate, LASIK has become an increasingly common procedure performed on adults to perfect their vision. Read through the following frequently asked questions to learn about the procedure and help decide if it’s right for you.


  • What is LASIK eye surgery? LASIK is a procedure that uses an excimer laser to precisely reshape the cornea. The surgery corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms.
  • Who is the ideal candidate for LASIK? The basic qualifications for the surgery are to be at least 18 years old, have had a stable eye prescription for the past 12 months, and have healthy corneas. If you meet these requirements, the next step is to meet with a surgeon who will determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
  • Can I get only one eye done with LASIK? Yes, you can have LASIK on one or both eyes.
  • Does the surgery hurt? No, you will not feel any pain. Patients report feeling slight pressure around the eye during the procedure, but anesthetic drops are used prior to the surgery to ensure that the eyes are numb.
  • How long does the procedure take? LASIK is a fast surgery. The laser only takes 20-50 seconds to correct your vision, but an estimated 10 minutes is spent on each eye. In general, however, the typical patient is in the office for about an hour and a half.
  • What is the success rate of LASIK eye surgery? Due to its advanced technology, LASIK has proven to be very successful. Some patients might have a change to their prescription after LASIK, so their eye may need an enhancement later in life. Less than 10 percent of people who undergo LASIK require an enhancement later, however.
  • Is LASIK permanent? Most patients report permanently corrected vision. This is especially true for those who had extremely stable eyeglass prescriptions prior to surgery.
  • What is the LASIK recovery time? LASIK recovery time varies, but most patients resume normal activities one to two days following surgery. It is important to talk with your surgeon about your specific recovery time so you’ll know what to expect after the procedure.
  • What are the side effects of the surgery? It is reported that serious complications happen to less than 1% of patients. Potential side effects, however, include experiencing glare, dry eyes, fluctuating vision, night vision problems and seeing halos around objects.
  • How much does the surgery cost? The cost varies, depending on where you have the surgery. I recommend contacting a few LASIK centers to compare their prices, qualifications, and experience. If you have financial concerns, ask the LASIK staff about discounts and payment plans.

To find out if Emory’s Eye Center is right for your LASIK eye surgery, call (404) 778-2733 and schedule a free consultation.


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