Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I'm a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

We suggest you schedule a screening with our Refractive Counselor. Bring your glasses or prescription and we’ll determine which refractive procedure will offer you the greatest benefit.

What is the difference between PRK and LASIK Laser Vision Correction?

PRK and LASIK Laser Vision Correction are both procedures that can correct refractive error by reshaping the cornea utilizing a cool laser. This reshaping allows light rays to properly focus on the retina. PRK, or Photo Refractive Keratectomy, is usually used for lower degrees of correction. It is performed on the surface of the eye. LASIK or Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis involves creating a “flap” in the cornea, using the Excimer Laser to reshape the cornea and replacing the flap in its original position.

How successful is Refractive surgery?

Depending upon your prescription, your doctor can determine the likelihood of reaching 20/40 or better vision. 20/40 is the requirement for driving a car without the use of corrective lenses. Approximately 92% of patients reach 20/30 or better vision with one procedure. If you do not reach 20/40 with one procedure, then an enhancement procedure may be done to improve your vision.

How will I know which procedure is right for me?

When you come in for your screening, you will meet with one of our refractive coordinators and discuss the available procedures and evaluate which procedure would be right for you. You and the doctor, however, determine the final decision.

How long is the recovery time?

We generally tell people undergoing LASIK that you will only need about 1-2 days of recovery time. Patients undergoing PRK may need longer healing time. This is a very personalized question. Everyone heals at their own rate.

Is it uncomfortable to have LASIK or PRK procedure?

During the procedure you should feel little discomfort. Anesthetic eye drops are administered before and during the procedure. Afterwards there may be some discomfort, which may vary from mild to moderate sensations. Any discomfort that may be felt will only last a few days. Eye drops and oral pain medications are sufficient to alleviate any discomfort. Each individual responds differently.

Does insurance cover Refractive surgery?

Refractive surgery is considered an elective procedure. Most insurance companies do not cover the procedure, however, many insurance companies have provider reduction in fees. You will need to contact your insurance company to verify coverage.

How do I find out more about Refractive surgery?

Call our Refractive Coordinator at (716) 892-2020 to schedule a screening to find out if refractive surgery is right for you.

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