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If you've been thinking about living your life without having to rely on glasses or contact lenses, consider LASIK eye surgery. It's a convenient option that lets you enjoy maintenance-free vision. Below, we answer some of the most common questions people have about LASIK surgery to help you determine if it's right for you.

Q: What types of vision problems can be treated with LASIK?

A: LASIK, the most popular type of refractive eye surgery, corrects common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, reducing your need for prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Q: How can I tell if I'm a good candidate for LASIK?

A: Your eye-care provider will conduct a thorough eye exam to make sure you're a good candidate for the procedure. People with conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, an eye infection or severe dry eye may not be able to undergo LASIK surgery. In general patients should be age 18 or older and have a current vision prescription within certain limits.

Q: What happens during LASIK surgery?

A: The surgery works by reshaping the cornea so it can better focus images onto the retina for sharper vision. Both eyes can be treated during the same appointment and the surgery takes about 10 minutes per eye. LASIK is an outpatient procedure that uses a local anesthesia in the form of eye drops.

Q: What happens after LASIK surgery?

A: Your eyes may feel temporarily dry, and your vision may be hazy for the first few days. For that reason, patients are usually required to have someone drive them home after surgery. Your eye care provider will schedule regular follow-up visits after the procedure to make sure your eyes are healthy and healing properly.

Q: How quickly can I expect results?

A: Full recovery and noticeable results can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. In most cases, patients enjoy 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses after their surgery, and for many patients, the improved vision from LASIK may be permanent.

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: Temporary side effects may include glare, fluctuating vision and dry eyes, which can be relieved with eye drops. Most side effects usually disappear after a few days.

Q: How much does LASIK cost?

A: Costs can vary, but are generally around $1,000 to $3,000 per eye.

Q: Will I need to wear corrective lenses after surgery?

A: Most people are able to see clearly after LASIK surgery. However, corrective lenses might be required for specific activities, such as night driving or reading.

Q: What types of vision problems can be treated with LASIK?

A: LASIK, the most popular type of refractive eye surgery, corrects common vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, reducing your need for prescription glasses or contact lenses.

If life without glasses or contacts is on your wish list, talk to your vision provider. He or she can help you determine if LASIK surgery is right for you. Did you know that your CareCredit credit card provides a convenient option for financing your LASIK procedure and other vision care? Use the Provider Locator to find a vision provider near you who accepts your CareCredit card.

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Sources:
'LASIK Results: What to Expect,' reviewed by Lance Thompson, M.D., All About Vision, updated August 2017, http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/outcomes.htm, accessed Dec. 14, 2017  
'The LASIK Procedure: A Complete Guide,' reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, M.D., All About Vision, updated August 2017, http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/lasik.htm, accessed Dec. 14, 2017  
'Questions to Ask When Considering LASIK,' American Academy of Ophthalmology, posted Dec. 12, 2015, https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik-questions-to-ask, accessed Dec. 14, 2017
'LASIK Eye Surgery Cost,' Liz Segre, All About Vision, updated Feb. 12, 2018, http://www.allaboutvision.com/visionsurgery/cost.htm, accessed Feb. 13, 2018
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