1) Does LASIK surgery hurt?
LASIK surgery is relatively painless - some people may experience mild discomfort that feels like a "bad contact day." This usually lasts less than one day.
2) Is Laser treatment permanent?
Yes. The laser treatment does not "wear off." The change to the lens power of the eye is permanent. A few patients experience mild refractive changes over time.
3) Is LASIK safe?
Yes, LASIK is a very safe procedure. Problems rarely arise. Cedar Valley Eye Care performs LASIK in a clean, hospital environment. Each patient is pre-treated with antibiotics to prevent infection. It has been suggested that your eyes are at more risk during your drive to and from your appointment than from the LASIK surgery itself.
4) Can LASIK be used to treat astigmatism?
Yes. LASIK is FDA approved for treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
5) What is the difference between an optician, optometrist, and an ophthalmologist?
An optician is an eye care professional who provides corrective lenses base on a prescription supplied by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. An optometrist is a primary health care provider for the eye and visual system. Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in medical and surgical treatment of the eye.