LASIK FAQS

Q. Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

There are a number of factors that are considered to determine LASIK candidacy. Request an appointment from the ophthalmologists at Spector Eye for a complementary LASIK consultation! The Spector Eye ophthalmologists will determine your eligibility by age, prescription stability, FDA guidelines, your eye health, and more.

If you are uncertain about making an appointment for a  LASIK consultation, take our LASIK Self Test to find out if you pre-qualify for LASIK surgery!


Q. How soon can I return to normal activities after LASIK?

After your LASIK procedure, you may find that your vision appears normal in about 6-8 hours. Most patients experience excellent vision within 24 hours and often return to work the day after surgery. Every patient is different, so it is important to follow the instructions provided by Dr. Spector, your LASIK surgeon.


Q. Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Yes, you can. Most patients prefer to have the LASIK procedure done in both eyes because of the convenience. Discuss the benefits of having both eyes done with your Spector Eye ophthalmic surgeon.


Q. Does LASIK hurt?

LASIK surgery does not hurt. Prior to the procedure, your Spector Eye ophthalmic surgeon will use anesthetic drops to ensure you do not experience pain. After the procedure your eye may feel a littl scratchy but typically does not require any pain medication.


Q. Is LASIK safe or FDA approved?

LASIK surgery is safe and the Alcon LenSx laser used to perform your LASIK surgery is FDA approved.


Q. When will I be able to drive?

Most patients will need a driver the day of the procedure because it may take 6-8 hours until your vision is clear enough to drive. You should be able to drive the day after your LASIK surgery.


Q. Can I wear my contacts before my surgery?

If you wear contacts, you should stop wearing them before your last evaluation that determines the size and shape of your eye. It is a good idea to wear glasses for two weeks prior to you this appointment and continue to wear glasses up until your LASIK surgery. The contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea and negatively impact your LASIK surgery. Dr. Spector can provide you with personalized care regarding your contacts during your consultation!

Q. How long does the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes about 5 minutes per eye.