Refractive surgery is something we discuss with patients regularly. During our laser eye surgery consultations, we often get frequently asked questions from patients. We thought we would provide the questions and answers as a resource.

What is the best refractive eye surgery to date and why?

The best refractive eye surgery really depends on the patient’s needs. The top choices include PRK and LASIK. Deciding between them involves extra testing including the thickness of your cornea (front surface of the eye) as well as dry eye testing. Your surgeon will help you choose the best for your eyes. 

How much does refractive surgery cost?

Refractive surgery typically costs between $1,000-$3,000 per eye. Discounts are made for active military and you can also save money using flex spending or your health savings account (HSA). 

Is refractive surgery covered by insurance?

Refractive surgery is typically not covered by insurance, but there are exceptions. Talk with your insurance provider to better determine your coverage.

Who is not suitable for laser eye surgery?

Lasik surgery is a life-changing experience and an investment. We want to make sure you are making a good decision in undergoing laser eye surgery. Those with ocular diseases such as macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts will typically be disqualified. We want you to enjoy your vision and get the most out of your refractive surgery and those with certain conditions will not benefit.

Do you still need glasses after laser eye surgery?

Depending on your age, you may still need glasses after your surgery. We will typically correct your vision to see far away, but if you are over the age of 40, you may need reading glasses. We do offer monovision as a solution to this. One eye is corrected for far, the other eye is near. We would go over all the possible outcomes at your screening. Even if you wear glasses for reading, being free from glasses for distance can still be life-changing. You have the option of wearing prescription-free sunglasses and using over-the-counter (OTC) readers. It is also very helpful for athletes or active people as they will not need to worry about their glasses fogging up in the winter or need glasses when swimming.

What are the primary risks or negative effects of laser eye surgery?

Risks include halos at night, dry eye, and in some cases, permanent vision impairment (VERY RARE!). Our screening process helps to exclude patients that may be at risk for negative outcomes.

Is laser eye surgery worth it after 40? Is 55 too old for Lasik eye surgery? What’s the best age for laser eye surgery?

The longer you are able to enjoy your LASIK or PRK the better! We recommend waiting until you are 21 and have a stable prescription. 

How long does refractive surgery take?

The surgery takes around 30 minutes and vision can improve later that day. We have special laser equipment that will track your eyes while activated so that if you move or sneeze during the surgery, the laser will shut off. 

How can I find out if I’m a good fit for refractive surgery?

Call us if you have other questions or would like to schedule a FREE SCREENING!

What are the top questions you have while considering refractive surgery? Be sure to write them down or note them on your phone. We want to ensure that during your eye exam your leave with all the details to help you decide what’s best for the future of your sight.