LASIK FAQs

Q. Am I a 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 Care for a complementary LASIK consultation! The Spector Eye Care ophthalmologists will determine your eligibility by age, prescription stability, FDA guidelines, your eye health, and more.


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 your LASIK surgeon.


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

Yes. 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 Care ophthalmic surgeon.


Q. Does LASIK hurt?

LASIK surgery does not hurt. Prior to the procedure, your surgeon will use anesthetic drops to ensure you do not experience pain. After the procedure, your eye may feel some temporary discomfort, which typically does not require any pain medication.


Q. Is LASIK safe or FDA approved?

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


Q. When will I be able to drive?

Most patients will need a driver on 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 preoperative evaluation, which evaluates the size and shape of your eye. It is a good idea to wear glasses for two weeks prior to this appointment and to continue to wear glasses up until your LASIK surgery. Contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea and negatively impact your LASIK surgery results. Dr. Spector can provide you with personalized care regarding your contacts during your consultation!


Q. How long does the procedure take?

The entire experience from pre-op to post-op usually takes about an hour. The procedure itself takes about 5 minutes per eye. The video below shows a full LASIK surgery on a real patient from 2017. GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING: the video contains actual surgery footage that may make some viewers uncomfortable.

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