LASIK FAQ

Which vision correction procedure is right for me?

Because everyone’s eyes are different, we cannot recommend a particular procedure until you come in for a thorough eye examination. At this time, Dr. Kelly will assess your eye condition along with a number of other factors in order to determine which refractive procedure would give you the optimum vision results. To schedule your free vision consultation, call us toll free at 855-328-0201.

Is LASIK safe?

We can tell you that the 99% of our patients have vision within 2 lines of 20/20. If you examine the experience and track record of our surgeon and our practice, we feel you will have no problem trusting your eyes to us. Dr. Kelly has performed many thousands of successful LASIK procedures. Please visit our Risks/Side Effects page for specific information regarding side effects of LASIK.

Does LASIK hurt?

Because the eye is numbed using special anesthetic drops, the LASIK procedure itself is only mildly uncomfortable. The patient is awake throughout the procedure and may feel slight pressure. The most uncomfortable period is the few hours following surgery. Most patients experience tearing, which usually disappears within 6 hours. We recommend keeping your eyes closed and resting for this period.

What are the advantages of All Laser LASIK?

The new Pulsion FS Laser from IntraLase Corporation is a patented, FDA-approved laser designed for the creation of precise corneal flaps. The IntraLase Laser marks the first significant advancement in flap-creation technology in nearly 50 years. With its computer-controlled software, the IntraLase laser brings a level of accuracy and precision to flap creation for LASIK that is not attainable with mechanical, blade technology. This all-laser approach provides patients with a safe, bladeless alternative to the microkeratome and offers Dr. Kelly a computer-controlled, minimally invasive technique that reliably creates precise corneal flaps.

What are the advantages of wavefront guided LASIK?

Wavefront-guided-LASIK represents the latest advance in vision correction. With Wavefront-guided-LASIK, Dr. Kelly is able to perform a customized treatment for each patient based on the unique shape and internal qualities of his or her eye. Patients who have undergone wavefront guided LASIK often obtain even better vision than they had before with their glasses or contact lenses.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Please visit Risks and Side Effects page.

What is the long-term experience with side effects?

Keratomileusis, or the creation of a corneal flap to correct vision has been performed since the 1960s. LASIK, itself, was first performed in the early 1990s and has nearly two decades of excellent long-term results. The results appear to be stable for at least ten years. Dr. Kelly and experts around the world expect the results to be stable indefinitely. LASIK does not appear to increase or decrease the chances of developing other eye diseases. If other eye diseases develop because of a genetic, aging or environmental influences, LASIK does not prevent the ability to treat them.

How important is experience?

Experience is very important! While the latest technology does minimize room for error in a refractive procedure, the surgeon is still in control. And the more experience, the more control. Dr. Kelly has performed many thousands of LASIK procedures with excellent results. Only a skilled, highly-trained surgeon can give you the best results. The more LASIKprocedures performed, the more likely the surgeon is to anticipate any complications, and the better prepared he or she is to deal with individual patient characteristics.

What kind of results can I expect from my LASIK procedure?

Because everyone’s eyes are different, we cannot promise you perfect vision. We can, however, give you a good idea what your outcome will be based on your current eye health. Many patients are able to read the clock on the wall in the laser room immediately after LASIK . However, your sight may fluctuate for a period of time after the procedure. It’s important that patients have realistic expectations. While not all patients undergoing LASIK gain 20/20 or better vision, 99 percent of our LASIK patients see within 2 lines of 20/20 after the procedure. Although most patients are able to see clearly without glasses or contacts after LASIK, some will still require reading glasses or night-driving glasses.

Will I ever have to wear glasses again?

Although LASIK is intended to significantly reduce and likely eliminate your dependence on glasses and contacts, there is no guarantee that you will not have to use some form of eyewear for such tasks as night driving or to obtain your best possible vision after the procedure. Most patients will eventually need glasses or contacts for reading and up close vision in response to a condition known as presbyopia. Presbyopia typically occurs at around age 40-45, regardless of whether one undergoes laser vision correction. The important point to understand about LASIK is that the reshaping of the cornea is permanent.

What is the difference between private LASIK practices and discount providers?

Dr. Kelly and his staff want to let you know that when shopping for eye care, the lowest price is not always the best value. The three main factors that separate private practices and discount laser centers are surgeon experience, technology, and personal care. If you ask around, you will see a noticeable difference in these factors between higher-priced private practices and lower-priced discounters. For instance, many discount LASIK providers do not even allow you to have contact with the surgeon until the day of surgery. Many times your consultation and testing will be done by technicians, and you will not have the comfort of being able to talk with the doctor first. You should be fully examined and counseled only by the surgeon doing your surgery. Anything less is cutting corners with your vision. Also, many advertised discount prices may have hidden charges. With Dr. Kelly, your pre-op and post-op visits are included in your surgery price. Another big difference may be technology. Many discount centers do not invest in the latest equipment, possibly limiting a patient’s chance at an optimum outcome. We firmly believe that vision correction surgery is not a prudent place to cut corners.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

Please refer to the Am I A Candidate? page.

How much does Laser Vision Correction cost?

Laser Vision Correction with Dr. Kelly can start as low as $83.00 per month. This includes all pre- and postoperative care and any LASIK-related follow-up care required for two years. Visit our Financing page for more information.

Are financing or payment options available?

Yes, financing options are available. Credit cards are also accepted. Some people choose to set aside pre-tax money from their flexible benefits program at work to save for the procedure. We offer a variety of financing options designed to fit your budget. When you visit us for your free consultation, we’ll go over all the options and help you choose the payment plan to best suit your needs. Visit our Financing page for more information.

When can I return to work after LASIK?

Most patients return to work the next day, so there’s little down time. Dr. Kelly will suggest that you take it easy for two to three days after LASIK and will make a recommendation for recovery time based on your individual vision needs, healing and work environment.

Can I watch live surgery?

Our prospective patients can arrange to view live surgery being performed by Dr. Kelly by calling the office. Most patients undergoing the procedure allow the laser suite curtains to remain open during the surgery so that prospective patients can view the surgery on a large monitor. This opportunity allows for first hand contact with our patients.

Can I be provided with patient referrals?

We can provide you with a list of patients who have undergone LASIK with Dr. Kelly and are willing to share their experience. Dr. Kelly himself and many of his staff members have also had LASIK themselves.

What if I blink or my eye moves during the procedure?

Dr. Kelly uses specialized eye-tracking technology that takes into account the natural eye movements everyone has. He also utilizes an eyelid holder that prevents natural blinking.

What's the first step?

If you’re considering LASIK, we’d like you to consider Dr. James Kelly. We urge you to come in for a free initial consultation. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kelly and discuss the benefits and risks of LASIK and other refractive surgery procedures. Take the first step toward investing in your vision. You won’t regret it! Click here to contact us.

Call us at 1.877.377.EYES to set up your free LASIK eye surgery consultation, or sign up online to set up a free consultation.