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At Travers Lasik Vision Care, we want you to feel fully confident in our ability to help you see better. We’ll take the time to explain the Lasik procedure and provide answers to give you total comfort in your decision. Here are some of the commonly-asked questions we receive.
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At Travers Lasik Vision Care, we want you to feel fully confident in our ability to help you see better. We’ll take the time to explain the Lasik procedure and provide answers to give you total comfort in your decision. Here are some of the commonly-asked questions we receive.
Will Lasik vision correction improve my eyesight?
Lasik successfully treats nearsighted, farsighted and astigmatism conditions. The only way to be sure is to examine your eyes at a FREE Lasik Exam. While some individuals cannot be helped by Lasik, most patients are excellent candidates.
How long does Lasik vision correction take?
The actual Lasik procedure takes only a matter of minutes. Your entire visit to our clinic will last about 90 minutes in order for us to conduct final measurements on your eyes.
What does LASIK feel like?

The most common word used by our patients is “weird.”

Is Wavefront Optimized treatment right for me?

Wavefront is performed based on the unique attributes of each eye’s refraction. The results of your Lasik exam will determine if Wavefront treatment will provide a measurable improvement over traditional Lasik.

How quickly will I be able to see better?
You should be able to see much more clearly immediately after your procedure. As your eyes adjust in the days, weeks and months ahead, your vision should gradually reach optimized results.
Can I drive myself home after my Lasik procedure?
No. You may experience blurred or sensitive vision immediately after your surgery, so plan to have someone else drive you home.
Will my improved vision be permanent?
Studies show that vision treated by Lasik offers long-term results. In the rare occurrence that your vision needs an adjustment, Travers Lasik Vision Care can provide Lasik enhancements.
When can I return to work?
You should be able to resume your normal schedule the day after your procedure.
Is Lasik vision correction safe for teenagers?
The Lasik procedure is FDA approved for anyone 18 years and older. The procedure works best when the eyes have stopped growing or changing and a steady glasses prescription has been reached.
What is Wavefront Optimized Lasik?

Wavefront Lasik is a more in-depth version of the Lasik treatment. The technology involves sending light into the eye in a specific pattern and then measuring it as it passes through the visual system. Changes in the pattern are a result of aberrations in the eye. Your doctor can best tell you if the Wavefront Lasik treatment is right for your eyes.

What’s the difference between regular Lasik and All-Laser Lasik?

The only difference is in the way the cornea flap is created. All-Laser Lasik is bladeless, and uses a laser to create the flap whereas regular Lasik uses a microkeratome. The benefit of All-Laser Lasik is more precise cornea flaps and a reduced risk of experiencing dry eyes after the operation.

How many people have had this surgery?
There have been more than 30,000,000 treatments performed around the world, making this surgery the most common voluntary medical procedure.
Will I still need to use reading glasses even after the surgery?
Most everyone under the age of 40 who has undergone Lasik surgery does not need to use reading glasses after the procedure. However, when patients enter their early 40s, most do require reading glasses due to the natural aging process of the lens inside your eye.
Do insurance companies cover this surgery?

Some insurance companies will offer plans that give a discount off the surgery price. Our prices are in most cases better than any other provider’s, even with an insurance discount. We will be happy to work with you to give you the best possible price for all-laser-lasik in Raleigh.

Keep in mind, Lasik is considered to be an elective procedure, therefore health insurance plans do not cover Lasik.  Some insurance plans will offer discounts that could affect the cost.  Lasik is an eligible expense for Flexible Spending plans (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).  There are also interest-free financing options that assist with making Lasik more affordable.  

Are there any activities I need to avoid following the surgery?

While there is a very short recovery time from the surgery, patients should be careful with the eye area immediately following the procedure. Do not rub your eyes and wear sunglasses. No hard to remove eyeliner or mascara should be used for up to one week after the surgery. Activities such as swimming in pools or hot tubs, playing racquet sports and going to tanning beds should be avoided for one week as well.

How long has Lasik surgery been performed?
The Lasik surgery has been performed regularly for over 25 years. While this may not seem like an exceptionally long time, it should be noted that the major components of the procedure have been in existence much longer. Ophthalmologists have been working with and reshaping the cornea for more than 50 years and creating a protective layer of tissue for more than 35 years to get the Lasik surgery to where it is today.
How many people have this surgery and how long has it been performed?

There have been more than 30,000,000 treatments performed around the world, making this surgery the most common voluntary medical procedure. Lasik surgery has been performed regularly for over 25 years. While this may not seem like an exceptionally long time, it should be noted that the major components of the procedure have been in existence much longer. Ophthalmologists have been working with and reshaping the cornea for more than 50 years and creating a protective layer of tissue for more than 35 years to get the Lasik surgery to where it is today.

Do insurance companies cover this surgery?

LASIK is considered to be an elective procedure and is therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. Some insurance companies will offer plans that give a discount off the surgery price. Our prices are in most cases better than any other provider’s, even with an insurance discount. We will be happy to work with you to give you the best possible price for all-laser-lasik in Raleigh.

Is LASIK painful?

Laser vision correction is generally painless or associated with little discomfort. During the procedure, anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye with no injections or needles. LASIK patients will generally have irritation for several hours after the procedure. Many patients compare this to a sensation of having an eyelash in the eye and feel no discomfort the following day. Having treated thousands of patients with LASIK, Dr. Travers and her staff make every effort to make your surgery as comfortable as possible.

How quickly will I be able to see better?

You should be able to see much more clearly immediately after your procedure. As your eyes adjust in the days, weeks and months ahead, your vision should gradually reach optimized results.

How Long Does Lasik Surgery Last?

Lasik vision correction is a permanent procedure and will improve your vision forever.  However, some regression may occur after treatment in some patients and vision may not remain “perfect,” requiring a touch up treatment known as “Lasik enhancement.” 

Statistically, the rate of this is low.  About 1-2% of patients will require an enhancement within the first year after initial treatment and roughly 5% of patients will need an enhancement after 5 years. 

Additionally, Lasik cannot prevent presbyopia or reading issues that tend to occur over the age of 40.  In presbyopia the lens of the eye gradually becomes less able to focus on close objects as you age, resulting in the need for reading glasses.  This lens deterioration is unavoidable and is unaffected by Lasik.  Thus, reading glasses may be required to focus on near objects as you age.   

Ask us about how you can limit or reduce your dependency on reading glasses at your consultation. 

Who is a candidate for Lasik?

Most healthy adults will be eligible for Lasik surgery, however in order to be considered you must be at least 18 years of age with a relatively stable corrective lens prescription.  Lasik candidates must also have corneas thick enough to support the creation of a corneal flap and have healthy eyes.   

If you are not a candidate for Lasik you may still qualify for a similar corrective procedure known as PRK.  The Doctors at Travers Lasik will evaluate you to help determine which procedure is best suited for you. 

Statistically, the rate of this is low.  About 1-2% of patients will require an enhancement within the first year after initial treatment and roughly 5% of patients will need an enhancement after 5 years. 

Additionally, Lasik cannot prevent presbyopia or reading issues that tend to occur over the age of 40.  In presbyopia the lens of the eye gradually becomes less able to focus on close objects as you age, resulting in the need for reading glasses.  This lens deterioration is unavoidable and is unaffected by Lasik.  Thus, reading glasses may be required to focus on near objects as you age.   

Ask us about how you can limit or reduce your dependency on reading glasses at your consultation. 

What is Wavefront Optimized Lasik?

Although LASIK has been very effective at treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, early LASIK was unable to address higher-order aberrations, the microscopic optical defects that exist in every eye.  Higher-order aberrations are responsible for visual effects such as haloes, glare, and starburst effects around light sources, especially at night. Therefore, in the early years of LASIK, it was not uncommon to hear of patients, even ones with outstanding 20/20 vision, complain of halos and glare.   

The most advanced LASIK and PRK procedures today are wavefront-optimized procedures. Wavefront-optimized treatments help preserve the natural prolate (round) shape of the patient’s cornea after treatment. This reduces an increase in higher-order aberrations that most other lasers create leading to reduced side effects (such as halos and glare) when compared to non-wavefront-optimized procedures.

What is Wavefront Optimized Lasik?

Although LASIK has been very effective at treating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, early LASIK was unable to address higher-order aberrations, the microscopic optical defects that exist in every eye.  Higher-order aberrations are responsible for visual effects such as haloes, glare, and starburst effects around light sources, especially at night. Therefore, in the early years of LASIK, it was not uncommon to hear of patients, even ones with outstanding 20/20 vision, complain of halos and glare.   

The most advanced LASIK and PRK procedures today are wavefront-optimized procedures. Wavefront-optimized treatments help preserve the natural prolate (round) shape of the patient’s cornea after treatment. This reduces an increase in higher-order aberrations that most other lasers create leading to reduced side effects (such as halos and glare) when compared to non-wavefront-optimized procedures.

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