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Questions and Answers
Q: Will I see 20/20 after LASIK, or other forms of Refractive surgery?
A: While many and most people do see 20/20 without glasses or contacts after refractive surgery there are some who do not. The idea is to make you rely less on using glasses or contact lenses.
Q: If I use bifocals now will I still need to wear bifocals after LASIK?
A: LASIK is normally used to correct distance vision. A condition called Presbyopia, affecting those generally over the age of 40, affects our ability to focus at near, such as reading a book. LASIK or PRK will NOT correct near vision. So reading glasses will still need to be used after surgery. That being said a LASIK surgeon can correct one eye to see at near better but this comes only at the expense of your distance vision making it blurry in one eye only. This modality is called MONOVISION where one eye is corrected for distance only and the other is corrected for near only. This modality should be discussed with your optometrist and eye surgeon before surgery and ideally can be simulated using contact lenses for a short period before you decide to undergo surgery.
Q: Will my vision change after LASIK or PRK?
A: Our vision will change throughout our lives regardless of what happens to our eyes. What we typically see is that vision never reverts to where your vision was before LASIK or PRK and people continue to have better vision after their procedure than they experienced before the procedure without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Q: Are there any other side effects that come with LASIK or PRK?
A: You can expect some fluctuations in your vision for a number of weeks post operatively. This can be due to lack of hydration , women may experience changes during hormonal cycles, and with standard corneal healing. Also, dryness 4-6 weeks after surgery and halos and glare 2-4 weeks after surgery. Vision should stabilize and improve over 3 months. For those who were nearsighted before the LASIK or PRK may have more difficulty reading immediately after surgery before adjusting while for those who were farsighted before surgery may notice their distance vision blurry immediately after surgery before it adjusts.
Q: What should I look out for after surgery?
A: You should be concerned if you see one or both eyes getting red, a worsening of your vision, pain, or a white spot on your cornea call Dr King immediately.