FAQ

Laser Vision Correction
Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any pain?
How much does it cost?
How much time off of work do I need to take?
How long does the surgery take?
What are the post-operative restrictions?
Are both eyes corrected at the same time?
How does the doctor know how much surgery to do?
What are the risks associated with LASIK?
Will I ever need glasses again?
Will I have 20/20 vision?
How old do I have to be for LASIK?
I am currently wearing contacts. Do I need to do something special?
Who is not a candidate?
How can I hold my eye still for the treatment?
How will I keep my eye open during the treatment?
I am interested! What is my next step?
Is there any pain? [ Top ]
Because theb cornea is easily numbed with “eye drop” anesthesia, patients report little , if any discomfort both during and after the procedure.
How much does it cost? [ Top ]

When it comes to something as important as your vision, the first consideration should be your surgeon’s experience and abilities and not the cost.  Your vision is a priceless gift, so don’t be attracted by lower fees where you may get just what you pay for.  We offer different payment plans and financing options to help make this miracle procedure available to all.  To get all your questions answered about pricing or any other item related to your eye care needs, please call the Idaho Eye Centerat (208) 524-2025(208) 524-2025 — Idaho Falls, (208) 232-2008(208) 232-2008 — Pocatello, (208) 359-1130 — Rexburg, or (800) 233-9336 — Toll Free.

How much time off of work do I need to take? [ Top ]
We always recommend taking the day of surgery and the day after surgery off from work.
How long does the surgery take? [ Top ]
You will be in the surgical suite for about ten to thirty minutes depending on the type of procedure being performed and whether you are having both eyes operated on or just one eye. Plan on being at the Laser Center for about an hour and a half to two hours depending on how much clinic time your particular case requires. You will need a driver to take you home.
What are the post-operative restrictions? [ Top ]
The day of the procedure, you are requested to go home and relax but DO NOT SLEEP FOR FOUR (4) HOURS. When you leave the Idaho Eye Center you will have a clear shield taped over your eye(s).  This shield is to protect the corneal cap (flap).  You must wear your protective shields untilafter your one day post operative appointment.  Until that time, only remove the tape and shield from your eye(s) to instill eye drops as directed and then replace the shield.  

You may bathe or shower as usual, but avoid getting particulate matter, soaps, and contaminated water (especially from swimming pools or hot tubs) in your eyes during the first month after surgery; these may irritate your eyes and introduce infection.  Avoid dust and dirty environments for one week.  Light eyelid cosmetics may be used starting one week after surgery.

Are both eyes corrected at the same time? [ Top ]
Although a vast majority of our patients have both eyes corrected on the same day, we always allow each patient to make their own decision. 
How does the doctor know how much surgery to do? [ Top ]
The doctor programs the amount of nearsightedness determined from your pre-surgical exam and workup into the laser’s computer. The laser is calibrated between each and every patient.
What are the risks associated with LASIK? [ Top ]
Like any medical procedure, LASIK has some risks.  Because LASIK uses a microkeratome, results are more dependent on surgical experience.  This is where your surgeon’s experience versus lower price comes into play.  We will give you very detailed information regarding risks and complications prior to your having LASIK and all of your questions will be answered.
Will I ever need glasses again? [ Top ]
Usually not for distance vision, although some patients may still require thinner glasses for fine tuning. When you are in the age range where bifocals or “readers” are normally required for close vision (usually 40-45 and beyond) you will most likely need reading glasses. This is a natural process known as presbyopia and is not corrected by the LASIK procedure.  Ask us about “monovision” when you call.  It is an option you can choose that could help this situation, although most people do not opt for this form of LASIK.
Will I have 20/20 vision? [ Top ]
We hope so and we make every attempt to make this a reality, but as with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that you will have perfect vision or that you will not need distance or reading glasses ever again. 
How old do I have to be for LASIK? [ Top ]
Age 18 is the youngest age we are allowed to perform LASIK by mandate of the FDA. Additionally, the patient’s eyes have to be stable for a predetermined amount of time before they are a candidate.  This can vary significantly on younger patients 18 to 24.  This is looked at on a case by case basis.  There is no upper age limit; however, if the patient has any form of cataracts or other eye medical conditions, it might not be in their best interest medically or financially to have the procedure performed.  There are many other options that can be presented to you so you can make an informed decision.
I am currently wearing contacts. Do I need to do something special? [ Top ]
Contact lenses can alter the shape of your cornea. Prior to LASIK, your cornea must be back to it’s natural contour. There are different time frames required for soft contact lens wearers versus rigid gas permeable lenses. This is discussed with you and is tailored to your own personal case.
Who is not a candidate? [ Top ]
This is determined on a case by case basis but does usually include anyone with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, keratoconus, herpes simplex of the cornea, AIDS, autoimmune diseases, or anyone with unrealistic expectations.
How can I hold my eye still for the treatment? [ Top ]
There is a blinking light inside the laser that you focus on during the procedure. The surgeon is in complete control and can stop/delay the treatment at any time.  The surgeon you through a microscope and maintains control of the treatment. Most anyone who has had the procedure performed on them will tell you that it is not difficult. 
How will I keep my eye open during the treatment? [ Top ]

Your eyelids are held open with a small lid holder (called a speculum).

I am interested! What is my next step? [ Top ]

Please call the Idaho Eye Center at (208) 524-2025(208) 524-2025 — Idaho Falls, (208) 232-2008(208) 232-2008 — Pocatello, (208) 359-1130(208) 359-1130 — Rexburg, or (800) 233-9336(800) 233-9336 — Toll Free.