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LASIK FAQs

How much does the LASIK procedure cost?

This price includes the following:

  • Comprehensive pre-operative exam performed by the doctor
  • Surgeon's fee
  • Facility fees
  • Laser company fees/royalties
  • All post-operative exams for one year

See our LASIK Financial Statement for details. The lifetime costs associated with glasses or contact lenses are significantly more than LASIK surgery.


Is LASIK covered by insurance?

Generally, LASIK is not covered by insurance. You should check with your individual insurance company or benefits department, some plans do pay. Also, flex benefit plans will sometimes cover,check with your Human Resource Department to see if you qualify.

We are also the exclusive LASIK provider for the Springfield region through the State of Illinois Eyemed program, which entitles Eyemed members to a discount on LASIK.


Does it hurt?

No. The actual Excimer laser surgery does not hurt. Eye drops are used to numb the cornea. Some patients do experience some discomfort for a few hours after surgery, medication is available if you are worried about this possibility.


How long will I be off work?

Usually, you can have the procedure and be back to your normal day-to-day activities very quickly. Most people can return to work the next day.


What are the side effects of LASIK?

As with any treatment or operation there are some risks. With LASIK they are rare. The risks and benefits will be thoroughly explained to you during your evaluation by a professional staff member and the doctor.


How long will the correction last?

LASIK surgery's beneficial effects are permanent, however you may need reading glasses after age 45. There is a small chance that you may need an enhancement procedure, usually performed three to twelve months after the initial surgery. Your chances for enhancement are slightly higher if you have a very high amount of correction needed initially. Enhancements are done to take care of any residual nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.


How many procedures have been done at Springfield Clinic?

 Dr. Lohse and Dr. Nottage have collectively performed over 5,000 LASIK/refractive procedures, and 10,000 eye surgical procedures as refractive, cataract and fellowship trained corneal specialists. They have both performed LASIK surgery since it became legal in the U.S. in 1997.


What is the success rate?

Most patients see 20/20 or better, and over the past several years, all of our patients have benefitted from improved uncorrected vision. Depending on your refraction, Dr. Lohse and Dr. Nottage can determine the likelihood of reaching 20/30 or better. 20/40 vision is required to drive without correction, day or night.


Can LASIK cure astigmatism?

Absolutely! Over 50% of our patients have some degree of astigmatism corrected.


What is LASIK?

LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a procedure to correct nearsightedness. With the LASIK procedure, a thin corneal layer is lifted to create a flap. This stays connected on one side. The Excimer laser then sculpts the cornea with a cool ultraviolet light. Finally, the flap is returned to its original position for a quick natural recovery.


What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness is when the eye has poor vision at distance, but has the ability to see at near without glasses.

 

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