Dr. Whitten and his staff spend the most time up front analyzing your vision testing results and planning the best treatment for your Customized LASIK. The procedure itself is very quick! The actual laser time for each eye is only about 15 seconds, and your time at the laser center will generally be 15 minutes.
Prior to your LASIK procedure, anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye. Although most patients say there is no pain during the procedure, some report feeling mild pressure or vibration. Afterward, you may feel a slight irritation for a few hours. It is recommended to take a short nap, resting your eyes. The majority of patients are back to their normal activities the following day.
A good candidate for LASIK is at least 18 years old with a stable prescription for at least one year. Many parents, having already experienced their own life changing vision surgery, are giving the procedure as a gift to their children for birthdays, graduations and holidays. Patients under 30 years old are the fastest growing group of LASIK patients.
Laser vision correction has been performed since the late 1980s, first beginning with PRK and then LASIK. A recent survey of patients who had LASIK beginning in 1995 showed that the majority believed that LASIK improved their overall quality of life and would recommend the procedure to others. So the overall results of your procedure can last a lifetime!
In the hands of a great surgeon like Dr. Whitten, your chances of needing an enhancement are greatly reduced. In fact, less than 2% of his patients ever need an enhancement and of those almost all occur during the first year after their procedure. And, of course, there is no charge for any enhancements needed during your first year.