The Arboretum eye doctors offer consultation services for various types of refractive surgery. They provide pre-operative and post-operative LASIK care. The doctors work closely with the finest surgeons in the area to ensure the best quality of care for their patients.
We have consulted with and referred many of our patient for LASIK surgery. Patients have had a very high degree of success with their LASIK surgery. We offer a complimentary consultation for our patients. By starting the process through us you not only will save money but will receive the amazing patient care you have come to expect.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the procedure:
1. Am I a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery in the Austin area?
We will give you a comprehensive eye exam that will determine whether you are nearsighted, farsighted and/or have astigmatism. There must be no ocular health problems present, such as cataracts or untreated glaucoma. Additional diagnostic procedures will be performed to measure the amount of near- or farsightedness, astigmatism, the thickness and detailed shape of the cornea, pupil size, and the unique optics of your entire eye.
2. Why you should go through us for the free LASIK consultation instead of a LASIK surgery center directly?
We have a co-management relationship with several seasoned ophthalmologists. This means our patients automatically qualify for upfront discounted pricing and extended warranty programs that are not usually offered to the everyday patient. Most importantly, having us as your optometrist who specializes in primary eye care will provide you with the patient care necessary to help you make this big decision. We will offer you non-biased recommendations and will answer all your questions every step of the way. After your surgery, you will have your follow up visits with us to ensure that your eyes are recovering properly and are healthy.
3. How much of an investment is LASIK surgery? Can I afford it?
After consulting with us and find out that you are a candidate for LASIK, our staff will discuss the general pricing range. Most of our co-managed LASIK offices provide payment options that can make the procedure affordable for you. There are many different payment plans that allow you to have your LASIK surgery with no money down, and allow you to pay for it over an extended time. Be sure to ask about all the payment options available to you. Also, it is worthwhile inquiring whether your employer offers a Flex Plan option that allows you to pay for LASIK using pretax dollars through payroll deduction.
4. How safe is the procedure? Are there complications?
The LASIK eye surgery/procedure is very safe, and that is why it has been so readily accepted by the community. However, with many surgical procedures there may be complications. Vision-threatening complications during the LASIK operation do exist, but they are extremely rare. These risks include infections (1 in 5,000 patients) and irregular healing processes that can lead to “irregular astigmatism” that glasses cannot correct and contact lenses or further surgery may be required to improve. Other complications include temporary blurriness, temporary dependence on glasses or contact lenses or a need for additional eye surgery. In most cases, the patient can still do well and recover with good vision.
5. What about astigmatism?
An Astigmatism is when the eyes shape is oval rather than the usual round. Lasers can treat most levels of Astigmatism and does this by removing more tissue in one area of the eye than another to make the eye more rounded out.
6. How much work will I have to miss?
Typical down time for this type of surgery ranges from 1 to 3 days on average.
7. Does laser surgery hurt?
Eye drops are used to numb the cornea of the eye. Most patients may experience a pressure sensation for 15 to 20 seconds during the procedure but most say they have little to no discomfort during and after LASIK.
8. What about recovery?
Recovery is fast. The first couple of hours after surgery, the eye feels somewhat irritated, with a burning sensation and some tearing. Vision is typically blurry during this time. A 3 to 4 hour nap is recommended immediately after the procedure to rest the eyes and aid in the healing process. After several hours, the irritation goes away and vision begins to clear. The follow day, patient’s most irritating sensations are completely gone and vision is remarkably clear.
9. I have dry eyes. Can LASIK help?
Many patients who desire LASIK surgery have dry eyes to begin with. They have become intolerant of their contact lenses because the dryness makes them uncomfortable. LASIK occasionally worsens dry eyes, but typically, this is temporary and usually treated with frequent artificial tear lubrication. In special cases of severely dry eyes, special plugs that are placed in the lower eyelid tear ducts can be inserted with a significant improvement in dryness. The “permanent” plugs are easily removed in the office once the dryness resolves. Dissolvable plugs are also available that disappear over a period of several months. Your eye doctor will determine which are most appropriate for you.
10. How long will the correction last?
What’s great about LASIK is that LASIK is a permanent procedure! In some cases, an enhancement procedure may be required due to patients’ eyes changing throughout their lifetime, which can happen with glasses or contact lenses as well.