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Common Questions

LASIK QuestionsQ: Has anyone ever gone blind from a LASIK eye surgery or any other type of laser vision correction?
A: To this date, there have been no reported cases of total loss of vision.

Q: Will I need to undergo anesthesia?
A: No, you may be given a mild sedative (e.g. Valium) to calm your nerves and relax you during the surgery but you will be awake during the entire surgery. The eye will be anesthetized with topical numbing drops.

Q: Will my eyes need to be patched?
A: No, your eyes will not be patched after the LASIK eye surgery. You will wear eye shields at bedtime for one week for protection after the procedure.

Q: What types of testing will be done prior to surgery?
A: The consultation process at UCLA Laser Refractive Center is very comprehensive. Review our LASIK Candidacy page on this website for complete information.

Q: Do I need to use eye drops after the procedure?
A: You will use medicated eye drops for 1 week after your treatment. Artificial tears are recommended to help alleviate dry eyes. In some circumstances, your surgeon may recommend an eye drop to increase tear production.

Q: Can LASIK successfully treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism?
A: Yes, LASIK can successfully treat all three of these vision conditions.

Q: If I have cataracts can LASIK fix this problem?
A: No, LASIK is not an appropriate surgery for cataracts. LASIK is performed on the front surface (cornea) of the eye. Cataract surgery is the replacement of the cloudy lens inside the eye with an implant. Cataract surgery is also performed by the faculty surgeons of the UCLA Laser Refractive Center. To understand more about lens implant options that can help you see at various distances after cataract surgery, visit our pages on Multifocal and Accommodating IOLs.

Q: Does insurance cover LASIK eye surgery?
A: Vision correction surgery is rarely covered by medical insurance. If you have had severe medical problems with your eyes such as corneal transplantation, there is a slight chance that it may be covered. Visit our Patient Financing page for more information on payment options.

Q: How long will the surgery take?
A: We typically ask the patient to arrive one hour prior to the scheduled surgery time to ensure that we have answered all of your questions and to perform any tests required for final surgical planning. The actual surgical time is typically less than 10 minutes per eye.

Q: Can both eyes have surgery on the same day or do I need to schedule 2 surgery dates?
A: In the vast majority of cases, LASIK is performed on both eyes during the same session.

Q: Can I drive home after the surgery?
A: No, you will need to arrange for a ride home. Because it is likely that you’ll have light sensitivity and some discomfort for 3 -4 hours after your procedure, it is best that you rest at home that evening.

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