What is LASIK?
Laser-Assisted in-situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a type of advanced refractive laser eye procedure for correcting near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatisms, potentially reducing the patients' dependency on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK laser eye surgery is FDA-approved and becoming increasingly popular over PRK due to a quicker recovery period.
LASIK surgery can reshape the surface of your eye, specifically reshaping the cornea to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. This procedure enables most patients to see, drive, work, swim, play sports, or even just see the alarm clock in the morning WITHOUT the need for contact lenses or glasses!
During the operation, a thin flap is created and folded back. This flap allows the laser to reach the cornea and reshape it as needed to alter your vision. Once completed, the flap is folded back into place and allowed to heal. LASIK does not require any stitches or sutures, thereby decreasing recovery time. Dr. Mutyala performs LASIK surgery on an outpatient basis with the use of anesthetic drops. Most patients return to normal activities within one day of their LASIK eye surgery.
What are the side effects of LASIK laser eye surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with LASIK. Serious complications with LASIK and PRK are rare. Side effects of LASIK surgery may include dry eyes, glares, halos, and decreased night vision. Most side effects are often dependent on pre-existing conditions. The goal of any vision correction procedure is to reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses but no one can guarantee 20/20 vision.
What results can I expect from laser eye surgery?
The Eye Surgery Education Council reports that more than 90 percent of patients who undergo LASIK surgery are able to drive a car or play sports without corrective eyewear. LASIK laser eye surgery will not prevent degenerative eye diseases (such as presbyopia or macular degeneration), but its results are permanent.
Am I a candidate for LASIK Surgery?
If you are interested in LASIK laser eye surgery, please come in for a FREE Consultation with Dr. Mutyala to discuss your candidacy and available options at Weston Laser. Generally, if all of the following apply to you, you may be a good candidate for LASIK:
- 18 years of age or older
- Have healthy and disease free eyes
- Have a stable glasses' prescription for one year or more
- Have a prescription between up to -11.00 diopters of nearsightedness, up to +5.00 of farsightedness, or an astigmatism of up to 5.00 diopters.
- Have researched and are aware of the benefits and risks of LASIK
- Knowledge of the alternatives to LASIK
- Have realistic expectations about your LASIK results
If you have any questions, or aren't sure about any of the above, feel free to come in for a Free Consultation Dr. Mutyala so he can answer your questions.
Who is NOT a candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery?
Individuals who have various corneal diseases that may result in progressive weakening of the cornea, such as keratoconus and those patients who have certain corneal surface disease, may not be appropriate candidates. Patients who demonstrate thinner corneas may not be appropriate candidates. Also patients with immune diseases or collagen vascular diseases, including lupus or severe rheumatoid arthritis, may not be appropriate candidates.
I've had previous eye surgery, am I a candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery?
Patients who have undergone previous eye surgery, such as radial keratotomy may be suitable candidates for LASIK to improve their vision further.
Why choose Dr. Mutyala to perform your LASIK surgery?
Dr. Srini Mutyala is one of America's premier ophthalmologists and laser eye surgery specialists. He has been practicing in South Florida since 1998 and has performed over 20,000 LASIK eye surgery procedures. He is an experienced LASIK eye surgeon and has been recognized as one of America's Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer's Research Council of America in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. His research has been published in medical journals and has been presented to other eye surgeons at numerous national and international eye meetings. He was trained at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic as well as under Dr. Marguerite McDonald, the doctor who performed the first laser vision correction surgeries on a patient in the world. He is committed to excellence, and he has helped many patients achieve outstanding vision and optimal eye health. Dr. Mutyala's experience in laser vision correction and use of state-of-the-art LASIK instrumentation, combine to provide his patients with the highest quality care.
Do I need to stop wearing my contact lenses prior to my LASIK surgery?
To ensure accuracy and maximum results, you should stop wearing soft contact lenses at least four days before your LASIK surgery. You should stop wearing gas permeable lenses at least three weeks before your surgery.
How long will I be out of work after LASIK laser eye surgery?
Dr. Mutyala will review your progress at your first post-operation check-up, scheduled the day after your surgery.For most procedures, both eyes will be corrected on the same day. Your vision will be somewhat hazy at first, and then begins to clear over the first several days. Most people return to work the day after their procedure or, if they have their treatment completed on a Friday, they return to work on Monday unless they are in a profession that requires perfect vision. Each person responds differently to the treatment depending on their age and prescription, although most people see results almost immediately.
Does LASIK surgery hurt?
No but you may feel a pressure sensation during the procedure. Prior to surgery, your eye will be numbed with eye drops, although you will be awake throughout the entire procedure. A small percentage of our patients experience gritty, watery, and scratchy eyes for a brief period after LASIK surgery, but these side effects tend to subside quickly.
What if I move my eye during the LASIK procedure?
At the beginning of surgery, Dr. Mutyala will focus the laser, enabling him to follow your eye movements during the surgery. Most lasers have eye trackers that move with your eyes. If you move your eye significantly, he will guide you back to the appropriate position. The LASIK technology Dr.Mutyala uses has built-in safeguards that allow him to start and stop laser eye surgery as necessary.
How long does the actual LASIK laser eye surgery take?
The entire LASIK surgery will take about 10 minutes with; about 5 min each eye. However, plan on being at the center for 2 hours so that we can remeasure your eyes, go over post instructions, and allow you to rest right after the procedure.
May I drive home after LASIK surgery?
No. Please plan on being dropped off and picked up from your LASIK surgery or have a friend come in with you to drive you home. You will be offered Valium to help you relax during the procedure and may make you drousy.
How long do LASIK laser eye surgery results last?
The results typically last a lifetime, but a few patients can regress or need a second treatment to obtain their best vision. Typically there is no charge for enhancements (second treatments) within the first year and if needed most people have their enhancement about three months to six months after their first surgery. If you have a higher than average prescription, or more astigmatism, or are older than the typical patient, you are more likely to need an enhancement.
What about dry eyes and night glare?
The two most common minor problems after LASIK are dry eyes and glare at night. Nearly everyone experiences both to some extent for the first month after surgery, it is a part of the healing process.
How much does LASIK surgery cost?
Generally, LASIK surgery is not covered by most insurance plans but bring your information and we will be happy to check for you. The Weston Laser & Vision Institute offers financing options including 0 % interest plans designed to meet your specific financial situation. Please refer to our Payment Options Section.
Can I afford LASIK?See Payment Options Section for additional details. We also offer a variety of discount options to our laser eye surgery patients. To learn more, please feel free to Contact Us.
Why are prices for LASIK so different?
There are a number of reasons why prices may vary between providers. Often the low advertised price is a "teaser price" or a "starting price" that most patients will not qualify for. Additional costs will be added that may include things like follow-up care, or enhancements, that ultimately result in higher costs to the patient. Furthermore, you may not have the opportunity to meet with the surgeon, or even know who your surgeon will be, until the day of your operation. In many cases, your surgeon may be the less experienced surgeon at the office.
At Weston Laser, Dr. Srini Mutyala personally cares for each and every one of his LASIK patients. A gifted Fort Lauderdale LASIK eye surgeon with over 20,000 operations completed, Dr. Mutyala personally meets with you and plans your treatment. He will see you at every visit and will meet with you for your consultation, pre-op and post-op visits to address all your questions. Dr. Srini Mutyala will personally perform your surgery, assisted by his first-class staff. For more information on Dr. Mutyala's background, please refer to his biography page under Meet the Doctor.
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How should I decide who does my surgery?
This is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon will help minimize the risks and help ensure you receive good care.
For more information on Dr. Mutyala's background, please refer to his biography page under Meet the Doctor .
Weston Laser & Vision Institute offers various laser eye surgery options, including CUSTOM/Wavefront LASIK, using the Bausch & Lomb Zyoptix, to reduce your need for glasses and/or contact lenses.
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