LASIK FAQ

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How old do I have to be for laser vision correction?

You need to be over 18 years of age, and your glasses or contact lens prescription should not have changed in the last year. If your eye is still changing from year to year, you should not have the procedure until the cornea is stable.
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Do I have to go without my contacts before having laser vision correction?

Yes. Contact lenses change the shape of your eye, so contact lenses have to be out prior to laser vision correction. Soft contacts need to be out for one or two weeks prior to your procedure. Soft toric lenses may need to be out longer. If you are wearing hard or gas permeable contacts, it’s important that you remove them at least three weeks prior to your exam. Your doctor will advise you how long you need to be out of your contacts prior to your exam and prior to your surgery.
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How long does the procedure take?

Since both eyes are usually treated during the same appointment, you will be in the operating room for approximately 30 minutes. Once in the laser room your eyes will be cleaned and prepared for surgery. The surgery itself usually only takes five minutes or so per eye. Your will have tests performed both before and after surgery so the total time at our clinic will be approximately 2-3 hours.
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Isn’t all laser vision correction the same?

No it isn't. There are many levels of care for laser vision correction. At the Alaska Lasik & Cataract Center, we believe in using only the best. The technology used to map the cornea during pre-examination or treat during lasik surgery can make a world of difference in the refractive outcome. The iLASIK procedure is the marriage of the IntraLase method of preparing the cornea and topographically integrated, wavefront guided treatment utilizing iDesign technology. The IntraLase method uses a laser instead of a blade to create the flap in the first step of the LASIK procedure. The laser to correct your vision is a VISX StarS4TM excimer laser, the only laser compatible with iDesign® allowing us to perform Custom treatments!
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Is laser vision correction safe?

There are possible risks with any surgical procedure. Serious complications with LASIK and PRK are rare. The chance of having a vision-reducing complication from LASIK has been documented in clinical studies to be less than one percent. The quality and care of the surgical tools is also very important. Alaska Lasik & Cataract Center believes that having dedicated, on-site laser machines in a controlled operating room environment where temperature and humidity are constantly monitored, contributes to better outcomes in our patients. Many risks and complications associated with LASIK can be reduced or eliminated through careful patient diagnosis and thorough pre-operative testing.
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