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Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Does it Hurt?

No. There is little or no discomfort associated with the LASIK procedure. However, your eyes may feel scratchy, and water excessively, for a few hours after surgery.

Does it really work?

Yes! Over 99% of our LASIK patients attain 20/25 vision or better without corrective lenses. Others enjoy being less dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses.

How is LASIK performed?

Utilizing the Intralase® laser, a silent, tiny, laser light beam passes through the layers of the cornea to the exact depth within the corneal layers to make the flap.The flap is folded back, and the VISX Star S4 excimer laser treats the central part of the exposed cornea. The flap is then replaced to its original position. Because the flap is so smooth and thin, it re-attaches without the need for stitches.

How long does the procedure take?

The laser treatment itself takes approximately 45 seconds or less depending on the amount of correction you need. Expect to be at the surgery center for about 90 minutes.

How long will I be off work?

Most patients return to work the next day. We will discuss this with you during your screening appointment so you know your options.

How much does it cost?

Schedule a free consultation at Minnesota Eye Institute to determine your best treatment option and get an accurate procedure cost.  The information we collect during your initial LASIK eye exam is good for 6 months.

Is LASIK covered by insurance?

Because it is an elective procedure, LASIK is not generally covered by medical insurance plans. However, pre-tax dollars you contribute to your company's "flex" benefits plan can usually be used for LASIK.

What are the side effects?

As with any surgical procedure there are some risks but complications are rare. You will be given an Informed Consent document that lists risks and possible side effects. Be sure to read this document carefully before proceeding with LASIK.

Will I be put to sleep?

No. You will receive several drops of topical anesthesia to numb the eye. If you desire, we can give you an oral medication to help you relax.