What is Laser Vision Correction?
The term "Laser Vision Correction" refers to a family of outpatient treatment options involving the use of an FDA approved Excimer laser to reshape the curvature of the cornea. The goal of Laser Vision Correction is to change the way in which the eye focuses light rays on the retina, thereby correcting refractive errors, and reducing or eliminating dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The procedures in this family performed by our physicians include both Bladeless LASIK, and Advanced Surface Ablation treatments, such as LASEK and PRK.
Who Can Benefit from Laser Vision Correction?
Persons who are nearsighted (myopic), farsighted, (hyperopic), or have astigmatism can benefit from Laser Vision Correction. With the advanced technology of WaveLight Lasers, Dr. MOreira is able to successfully and safely treat large amounts of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
There is a very good chance that you are, with today's technology, although a thorough evaluation will be necessary first to be sure. Click here to take the Self Evaluation Test.
Where is the procedure performed?
The surgery is performed at our state of the art Laser Vision Correction facility, The Laser Eye Center of Quincy. However, your consultation takes place at our office in Norwood.
Do I have to go without my contact lenses before having Laser Vision Correction?
Yes, depending on of what type of lenses you have, how often you wear them, and how many years you have been wearing them. Dr. Moreira will advise you regarding the length of time to leave your lenses out prior to your evaluation, and prior to your surgery.
Can I have Laser Vision Correction while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
The hormones present in your system both during pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding can affect your vision, therefore it is best to wait until after your pregnancy, or after you have finished nursing to consider Laser Vision Correction.
How old do I have to be for Laser Vision Correction?
The minimum age for Laser Vision Correction is 18, but more importantly, your eyeglass prescription must be stable. If your refractive error is still changing significantly from year to year, you should not consider any procedure until it has been stable for two to three years.
Are both eyes treated the same day?
Most often, both eyes are treated the same day, and most patients prefer this convenience. However, in some cases, Dr. Moreira may recommend treating each eye separately. Also, if you are more at ease with the idea of having each eye treated on different day, we are more that happy to accommodate your request.
How long will the procedure take?
Bladeless Wavefront Optimized LASIK performed by Dr. Moreira takes about five to ten minutes per eye. You will be at the Laser Center for about 45 minutes, in most cases.
Does it hurt?
To the relief of most patients, there is minimal discomfort. You are given drops to numb your eyes, along with something to help you relax.
How often will I need to be seen after the procedure?
Typically, follow up appointments are scheduled 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and one year after treatment, for LASIK. If you are having surface ablation such as LASEK or PRK, you may need to be seen more frequently during the immediate postoperative period. Please remember, we are always available to you, 24 hours a day, to answer any questions you may have, or discuss any concerns.
Will I have to take any medications after my procedure?
You will need to use eye drops for 1 week following LASIK, and for 2-3 weeks following surface ablation such as PRK or LASEK.
When will I be able to drive?
You should not drive on the day that you have your procedure, as you will be given a sedative to help you to relax. In the majority of LASIK cases, patients are able to drive as soon as the day after their procedure.
What is an enhancement?
The goal of Laser Vision Correction is to provide functional vision without glasses or contact lenses. Although today's laser technology provides excellent results, a small percentage of patients will elect to have a retreatment procedure, more commonly known as an"enhancement", to improve their uncorrected visual acuity.
How much should I pay for Laser Vision Correction?
The cost of refractive procedures varies among practices, based on the experience of the surgeon, and what is included in the fee. Our fee is all inclusive, there are no hidden charges. We are not the least expensive providers because we will sacrifice neither safety nor results to lower our refractive surgical fee. We have invested in the most advanced technology because we feel it is important to our surgical results, and our patients are worth it.