Dr. William Boothe’s Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Lasik
Lasik eye surgery is the most common form of refractive surgery performed. It is the process of restoring normal eyesight by removing the inner tissue of the cornea. In the next few paragraphs, Dr. William Boothe, the outstanding American eye surgeon from Plano, will acquaint you with his answers to some of the most popular questions patients ask him in his office.
Am I a good candidate?
Some people are sure that anyone can have this procedure done. But such thoughts are mistaken and not based in reality. There are several conditions that may disqualify you from undergoing the procedure. For example, some medications you are taking can interfere with the surgery, recovery after Lasik and can cause complications. Lasik is not suitable for all types of vision problems. If you are thinking of this vision correction surgery, firstly you should talk to Dr. William Boothe to determine whether this laser procedure is right for you.
Is it possible to operate both eyes at one time?
Yes, you can have your Lasik procedure performed on both eyes simultaneously. On the other hand, if PRK surgery is performed, it is better to wait a week or two between eyes for this type of surgery as it takes longer for clear, comfortable vision after this procedure.
Is it painful?
There is commonly no pain during surgery because anaesthetic drops are used by Dr. William Boothe to numb the eye. Some patients report little pain and only minor discomfort during healing period, but most report no pain at all.
How long does Lasik last?
The laser application itself lasts about thirty to ninety seconds. The whole procedure takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
How soon can you drive after surgery?
Your eyesight will probably be a little fuzzy at first, so have someone drive you home right away after surgery. Patients generally see clearly enough to drive within 24 hours after the procedure.
When can you come back to work?
The patient can usually go back to work the day after the procedure, but Dr. William Boothe says that an extra day or two of rest will be more beneficial to your eyes.
Are there any side effects / complications that happen often?
Patients complaints often include dry eyes following laser vision correction, but this side effect usually disappears in the first weeks after surgery. Other people may see halos or rings around lights at night. This problem also fades over time. A very small number of patients (less than 1% in U.S. clinical studies) may experience worsening of their vision.
Is it expensive?
Compared to the long-term cost of eyeglasses, contact lens, and lens care over the course of 10 years, Lasik surgery pays for itself. The Boothe Eye Care and Laser Center in Dallas offers budget payment plans to accommodate almost any household situation.