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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.


Learn more about LASIK

What age is best for LASIK?

lasik-age250x250There are certain ages that are considered landmarks – the first time you drive or vote – but for LASIK there’s really no “set age”.  In short, 18 is the minimum age for LASIK because your eyes are still changing.  Even if you’re not having any noticeable vision problems, you should have your eyes examined regularly to provide insight into your best time for LASIK.

Don’t wait too long for LASIK

It’s better that you don’t wait too long for LASIK.  As you age, your eyes start changing more and you may not be best candidate at age 45 as you would have been at 35.  Of course of all of these suggestions are relative to your individual eye conditions.   Start your regular exams prior to LASIK surgery and track changes.  Your eyeglass prescription should be stable (less than +/-0.50 diopter change) for one year or more before proceeding with surgery.

Do the quick check list today:

If you answer YES to any the following then LASIK may be right for you.

  • Are you UNDER the age of 60?
  • Without your corrective lenses, is your distance vision blurred?
  • Have you ever been told you have astigmatism?
  • Are your eyes otherwise healthy?


Free LASIK consultations are available now.  See if you’re a good candidate and take advantage of your HSA or other flex spending options!  Call 404-778-2SEE to schedule with Emory.

Still have more questions about LASIK surgery? Schedule a consultation today.


About Dr. Randleman

randleman-j-bradleyJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.

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Can You See LASIK in Your Future?

LASIK Surgery Web ChatLaser vision correction was first performed in the 1980s and since then, the demand for such procedures has resulted in rapid advancement of the technology. For many people who previously were not a good candidate for laser vision correction, LASIK is now an option. Because LASIK is changing so quickly, our vision team fields lots of questions from people interested in LASIK, but who are not sure if it’s the right option for them, or what the procedure involves.

To help get you up to speed on LASIK surgery, the changes that have been made in the laser vision correction world, and what you can expect if you do choose LASIK, board-certified Emory Vision LASIK surgeon, Dr. Randleman, is hosting a 1 hour free web chat on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

If you have questions such as…

  • Is LASIK surgery safe?
  • Is LASIK right for everyone? Is it right for me?
  • How long does LASIK surgery take?
  • What happens during the LASIK procedure?
  • Is LASIK painful?

…whether or not you prove to be an ideal candidate for LASIK, you are an ideal candidate for Dr. Randleman’s chat. All that’s required to participate is that you fill out our form so we can send you a link to enter the chat. You can ask as many or as few questions as you’d like during the chat, and in fact, if you’d rather just observe and read on as Dr. Randleman fields questions on LASIK, you’re more than welcome to.

We hope to see you for Dr. Randleman’s LASIK online chat on Wednesday, October 12. If you can’t make it but want more information on LASIK, you can either check out our LASIK resources online, or you can call the Emory Vision offices at 404-778-2733.