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LASIK at Iowa Eye Center: Your Questions Answered

In the 25 years since our first LASIK eye surgery was performed at Iowa Eye Center, it’s become a popular and effective procedure for correcting vision problems.

Yet as with any elective surgical procedure, we always encourage researching your options. While you’ll find answers to many common questions like Is LASIK covered by insurance? and How does LASIK surgery work? in the iLasik section on our website, we’re happy to provide information to help in your decision-making.

Here are more of the most common questions we’re hearing from our patients.

1. What is the success rate of LASIK surgery? 

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, 99% of patients achieve better than 20/40 vision. More than 90% achieve 20/20 vision or better. LASIK eye surgery also has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective procedure: more than 96%. Many patients have better vision than they did with their best glasses prior to surgery.

2. Can I use an HSA or FSA to pay for LASIK surgery?

Yes, a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) are popular options for financing LASIK. You can view the complete FSA eligibility list here, however, we always suggest you contact your provider for complete guidelines.

3. Can I undergo LASIK if I have astigmatism?

Absolutely! LASIK can effectively treat astigmatism. The procedure reshapes the cornea to correct vision issues, including astigmatism. During your consultation, we’ll evaluate your condition and determine if LASIK is suitable for you.

4. Can LASIK surgery be performed on both eyes at the same time?

Yes, it’s common for both eyes to be treated during the same LASIK procedure. Simultaneous surgery allows for a more balanced visual outcome and quicker recovery. However, we’ll assess your individual case to determine the most appropriate approach.

5. Is it safe to fly after LASIK surgery?

Although the surface of the eye heals quickly (usually in one day), we suggest waiting at least one week after your procedure before flying since low-oxygen environments can cause swelling of the cornea. If you have a trip planned for the week of your surgery, let your doctor know.

6. Can I have LASIK if I’m older and need reading glasses?

LASIK can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for reading glasses due to age-related presbyopia. However, a technique called monovision LASIK can be used to correct one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision, reducing reliance on reading glasses.

7. Can LASIK correct vision if I have a high prescription?

LASIK is a highly effective procedure for a wide range of refractive errors, including high prescriptions. Technological advancements, such as Visx CustomVue Wavefront guided S4IR LASIK technology, allows for precise customization, making it possible to address even complex vision problems.

8. Can I undergo LASIK if I have dry eyes?

Having dry eyes doesn’t automatically disqualify you from LASIK. In fact, LASIK can sometimes help alleviate dry eye symptoms. However, it’s essential to have your dry eye condition properly managed before undergoing surgery. Your surgeon will evaluate your eyes’ tear production and recommend appropriate measures to ensure the best outcome.

9. Do I see the same doctor throughout the process?

Yes. It’s important to us that you feel valued as both a patient and a person and receive individual attention. That’s why you’ll see your surgeon at every visit before, during, and after surgery.

LASIK eye surgery has transformed the lives of thousands of people right here in the Cedar Rapids area. The best way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to consult with an experienced eye surgeon who can evaluate your specific situation and guide you through the process.

Get your FREE screening

To find out if Iowa Eye Center LASIK is for you, schedule a free screening with one of our Refractive Surgery Coordinators. We’ll do some preliminary testing and discuss your medical history and visual expectations. For your free screening, call our office at (319) 362-3937.

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