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LASIK FAQs

If you’re thinking about LASIK, then you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the questions that we hear most frequently.

Q: How much does LASIK cost?
A: The cost of LASIK depends on many factors. San Antonio Eye Specialists is not the cheapest LASIK provider in the city – however, we provide unparalleled experience and technology, and our results speak to that. We also provide a number of low-interest financing options to make LASIK affordable on nearly any budget.
Q: Is LASIK painful?
A: Your eyes are given anesthetic eye drops before your procedure, so you should feel no pain. Your eyes will remain numb throughout the treatment. You may experience minor discomfort after the procedure. Any burning, gritty, or foreign body sensations will go away extremely quickly following the procedure.
Q: Are there risks with LASIK?
A: Any surgical procedure has risks. Minor complications (such as lengthened recovery time) occur in about 1% of patients, and potentially major complications occur in about 1 in 1000 patients. Potentially major complications may include infections near or around the eye. Note that our risk of complications is well below the national average.
Q: When can I resume normal activities?
A: For the vast majority of LASIK patients, normal activities can resume the very next day. Certain activities, e.g. swimming or contact sports, may require a longer period of recovery, as we will discuss with you.
Q: Should I go to a discount LASIK place?
A: In general, you get what you pay for. Discount LASIK places cut back on patient care, employ surgeons of little/no experience, and use outdated technology – that’s where your discount comes from. Just to remind all patients in the research phase: LASIK is irreversible. We’re talking about your vision here – for your eyes, don’t compromise! LASIK is something you’ll likely only have done once, so have it done right.
Q: Will I need glasses after LASIK?
A: For most patients, the answer is no! About 2% of LASIK patients still wear glasses for certain things, but it should be noted that these patients typically had awful vision before the procedure, and a great deal of refractive correction was obtained.