LASIK FAQs

Is LASIK Safe?

The risk of having a complication from laser vision surgery is less than 1%. In fact, the risk of developing a sight-threatening infection from wearing contacts is greater than it is from having refractive surgery. Complications, though rare, can usually be successfully treated.

Does LASIK Hurt?

Although you may feel some slight pressure around the eye, you should not have any pain during the procedure. With LASIK, pain after the procedure is uncommon, but can be treated with drops or prescription Tylenol.

How long does a LASIK procedure take?

The actual procedure takes approximately five minutes per eye.

Can I have LASIK on both eyes in the same day?

Most of our patients have LASIK on both eyes done the same day. Every patient has the option to have each eye done on separate days, if that is their preference. Patients who have PRK generally can also have both eyes done on the same day, but have the same option of doing each eye on a different day.

How soon can I return to work after LASIK?

Patients who choose LASIK or PRK can often return to work the next day.

Will my activities be limited after LASIK?

For about a week after having LASIK, we recommend not doing any activities that may cause something to hit your eye. For example, if you play baseball, basketball, or tennis, you should avoid those activities for a week. Anything hitting the eye during the brief healing period could cause a corneal flap displacement, which would require immediate attention. We also recommend waiting 2 weeks before swimming.

Can I be guaranteed 20/20 Vision after LASIK?

No one can guarantee a 20/20 outcome. However, studies have shown up to 98% of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better, which allows for legal driving and playing sports, and satisfies most police or fire department regulations for functioning without corrective lenses.

How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK?

In general, candidates for laser surgery must be 18 years or older, have stable vision for a year prior to the procedure, and be free of certain diseases. Free refractive consultations are available at our offices. Please use our Contact Page to request a free screening appointment.

How long have SoCal Eye Doctors been performing LASIK?

The physicians at SoCal Eye have been performing refractive surgery since 1987 and have over 20 years of experience in LASIK procedures. . They have performed thousands of LASIK procedures and are certified in LASIK, PRK, Astigmatic PRK, Radial Keratotomy, and Astigmatic Keratotomy procedures. While LASIK surgery is usually the procedure of choice, our surgeons are in the unique position of being able to customize the surgical plan for each patient. As members of the teaching staff at the University of California, Irvine, our surgeons are always attuned to the very latest treatments that will be right for you.

How much does LASIK cost?

A consultation for laser vision correction is complimentary! Schedule a screening, tour our center, and meet the surgeon—all free of charge. Costs for the procedure vary depending on your prescription and the technology used. Our doctor will advise you of options and costs following your complimentary consultation.

Co-Management

Ask about our Affiliated Optometrist Program. If a portion of your post-operative care is arranged through our large network of affiliated optometrists, you may be eligible for a discount.
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Can I finance LASIK Surgery?

We accept cash, certified check, major credit cards, or personal check. Several easy financing plans are also available for your convenience.
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PLEASE CONTACT OUR PATIENT COORDINATOR AT 800-611-2020 TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT AT OUR LOS ALAMITOS LOCATION.