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Is the LASIK procedure painful?

During the procedure numbing drops are used to anesthetize the eye. Patients will occasionally describe a feeling of pressure and vibration but no discomfort.


How much does LASIK cost?

The cost is $1,950.00 per eye which includes complete pre and post-operative care and future enhancement procedures, if necessary, for one year. Custom Wavefront LASIK is $2350.00 per eye. Payment methods include cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard. Easy financing is also available.


What is Custom Wavefront LASIK?

Custom Wavefront LASIK is a newly FDA approved laser vision correction procedure. It is driven by Wave Scan technology, originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing distant objects in space. Glasses and contacts are limited in their ability to correct unique imperfections in each individual's vision. Using Wave Scan technology we are now able to carefully measure the specific differences of each patient's vision and develop a treatment plan tailored just for that person's eyes.

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What makes a person a good candidate for LASIK?

People considering LASIK should be over 18 years of age without a significant change in their contact lens or glass prescription for the previous one year. Some lens prescriptions do not fall within the range of correction for LASIK. Women who are pregnant or nursing should delay having LASIK along with people having certain medical conditions. Individuals with corneal abnormalities such as thinning or scarring are usually candidates for PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) and not LASIK.


Where is the LASIK procedure performed?

Reiff Eye Center is a state of the art ophthalmology facility where excimer laser procedures such as LASIK, LASEK and PRK are performed.


How do I keep my eyes from blinking during LASIK?

An eye holder is positioned between your eyelids to prevent blinking.


Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Most people choose to have LASIK performed on both eyes at the same session. Even when having the eyes done at the same time, many patients wish to allow a few minutes between treatments to evaluate their immediate postoperative vision in the first eye prior to treatment on the second.

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How often must LASIK be repeated?

By keeping a database of all past laser procedures and continuously analyzing the results, Reiff Eye Center has lowered their enhancement or touch-up rate to only 3%.


When can I go back to work after LASIK?

Following LASIK most people return to work the next day.


Can LASIK help one eye to see distance and the other to see near?

Yes. What you are describing is termed monovision. LASIK can certainly be used to treat one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision.


What is Epi-LASIK?

During Epi-LASIK, a blunt device called a microkeratome separates the most superficial layer of the cornea or epithelium.  The epithelium is lifted after which the excimer laser is used to change the cornea's curvature followed by  repositioning of the epithelial layer.  Many physicians consider Epi-LASIK to be the same as PRK.


What is LASEK?

During LASEK, diluted alcohol is used to separate the most superficial layer of the cornea or epithelium.  The epithelium is lifted after which the excimer laser is used to change the cornea's curvature followed by repositioning of the epithelial layer.  Many physicians consider LASEK to be the same as PRK.


What is an intraocular contact lens?

An intraocular contact lens or ICL is an implant surgically inserted into the eye either in front or behind the iris. The ICL is a newly FDA approved device implanted in highly nearsighted patients when either LASIK or PRK is contraindicated. It does not correct for farsightedness or astigmatism.

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