Frequently Asked LASIK Questions
What is the best age for a LASIK procedure?
LASIK is approved at the age of 18 by the FDA. We will ensure the eye prescription is stable and will proceed accordingly.
Are there any risks for performing LASIK on both eyes at the same time?
In general, studies have shown that the treatment of both eyes on the same day is just as safe and effective as having the surgery done one eye at a time. The majority of our patients prefer both eyes on the same day for convenience, simultaneous visual recovery, and less time away from work.
What if my head moves under the laser during LASIK?
This is a commonly asked question. Almost everyone moves a little during the procedure. With normal breathing, there will be slight movement of face and eyes. This is why we use advanced laser tracking mechanisms to track the eye position.
What shall I expect if I relocate after I complete my LASIK procedure?
We can help research for an alternate eye professional for continued post operative care.
If I’m from out of town, are there special accommodations?
Please let us know if you are not local to San Antonio. We can arrange a full consultation and evaluation on the same day, followed by a procedure, provided you are a candidate. We are conveniently located off of 1604 West and we are surrounded by reasonable hotel accommodations and eateries.
Is LASIK covered by my insurance?
LASIK is considered an elective procedure and is typically not covered by most health insurance plans. However, some insurance carriers may offer reimbursement for procedures. San Antonio Eye Specialists will provide an itemized statement for services rendered so the patient can submit directly to the insurance carrier for any further savings.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK?
We offer complimentary consultations to best answer this very question. At your consultation, we will perform diagnostic tests with our state-of-the-art equipment. You will then meet Dr. Iskander, where he will examine your eyes and use the diagnostic data to give you an honest recommendation of a treatment plan.
How much does LASIK cost?
LASIK is not as expensive as you may think. LASIK costs as little as $2.25/day. That is less than your average Premium Tall Caramel Frapuccino ($3.95). *2018 data. You can also elect one of the financing options, through Alphaeon and Care Credit. They offer various payment options from low monthly payments to No Interest/Deferred Interest programs. This helps make it even easier to afford LASIK.
Have you ever seen someone go blind from LASIK?
No. Technology now is so advanced that chances of vision-threatening complications from LASIK are extremely minimal. LASIK is a very safe, non-invasive, all-laser procedure.
Is PRK more risky than LASIK?
No. There are of course risks involved with either procedure, as with any surgery, but PRK is not more or less predictable than LASIK.
Can I have LASIK if I’m pregnant or nursing a child?
It is better to wait for your procedure until you are completely done breast-feeding and have resumed your normal menstrual cycle, so that we can give you the best results possible.
If I have family history of eye disease, am I disqualified for LASIK?
No. Not all eye diseases are hereditary. We will perform a thorough, comprehensive exam of your eyes prior to your procedure. This helps ensure your eyes are healthy and there is no pathology present.
What if I was told I was NOT a candidate by another physician?
We respect all physicians’ expertise and diagnostic capabilities. We also know that our combination of refractive surgery expertise, experience, and availability of diagnostic testing is not common. That is why we offer complimentary consultations, so that we can assess you for ourselves.
I wore hard contact lenses for years. Does that mean I’m not a LASIK candidate?
No. You still may be a great candidate for LASIK; however, you will have to be out of contact lenses and wear glasses for a while, so that we can get accurate scans of the true shape of your cornea.
If I have astigmatism, does that mean I can’t have LASIK?
Absolutely not! In fact, current LASIK technology is designed to correct your astigmatism!
Does having LASIK now mean I won’t get cataracts later?
No. While that would be nice, unfortunately, the normal aging process and development of cataracts will still occur as you age. However, there are lenses and technology that is available that makes treating your cataract easier and more accurate than ever.
Will LASIK correct both my distance and near vision?
Yes and No. Younger patients will see well at distance and near after LASIK. Patients 40+ years old have options to correct both distance and near vision. Ask Dr. Iskander if you are a candidate for monovision correction.
Will my correction from LASIK digress over time?
Unlikely. It is possible, but not typical. Most patients experience great vision and remain glasses-free until reading glasses are required around the age of 40-45, or until cataracts develop later in life.
Do most people have to get enhancements after a year or two?
No. A very low percentage of patients may require an enhancement if there is still a slight prescription after surgery, but again, this is not typical.
Is LASIK surgery painful?
No. LASIK, in most cases is a pain-free procedure. During the surgery, we will use numbing drops on your eyes to prevent any pain. You will experience about 15 seconds of pressure on each eye, which is the most uncomfortable element of the whole surgery. The first six hours following surgery, you may experience excessive tearing and blurriness, but again, you should not feel any pain.
Will I have to miss a lot of work after surgery?
No. We will see you for a post-op visit the morning after surgery, and most people are fine to go back to work after that first day.
Do you put me to sleep for this procedure?
No. The whole surgery takes about 10 minutes, and you will be awake and listening to Dr. Iskander talk to you. We will prescribe a mild sedative if you may be a little nervous or anxious.
How soon can I start driving after LASIK?
Right after clearance from Dr. Iskander, (which is usually the day after surgery).
How soon can I fly after LASIK?
You can fly the next day, after we have seen you for your post-op appointment.
Will LASIK change the color of my eyes?
No. The colored part of your eye, (the iris), is untouched during LASIK surgery.
Can my family and friends watch my surgery?
Absolutely! We have abundant viewing areas for anyone that would like to watch, and even a view through the doctor’s microscope showing the procedure live on a TV screen.
Will I be able to see during the procedure?
Yes, for the most part. Your eye is uncovered. You will see lights that come and go. Dr. Iskander will talk you through the procedure. Most people state that it is a quick “light show.” You will be able to see a light, but it is so close that you will not see any instruments coming toward your eyes.