Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK Eye Surgery
Am I a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery?
There are a number of things that might make you a great candidate for LASIK eye surgery. In general, to be a candidate for laser vision correction and LASIK eye surgery you should:
- Be at least 18 years of age or older
- Have stable vision for at least a year prior to the procedure
- Be free of certain diseases of the cornea and retina
- Be in good general health
Your eye health, current prescription, history and eye shape will all help determine whether or not LASIK eye surgery can help correct your vision and help you see without glasses or contacts.
Dr. Sambursky also recommends you have a number of visual tests to determine whether you are a candidate for laser vision correction. These tests can be performed in our offices and the cost of the tests is included in the cost of your laser vision correction procedure.
It is important for you to remember that even if it is determined that you are not a candidate today, it does not mean that you will not be a candidate as new technology becomes available. However, laser vision correction is not for everyone, and some patients (for example, those with certain diseases of the eye involving the cornea or retina), will never be candidates. The best way for you to find this out is by having a free screening with Dr. Sambursky or a member of his laser vision correction staff.
During your initial laser vision correction screening, Dr. Sambursky will also help educate you regarding all aspects of laser vision correction, including risks, benefits, options and expected results.
Will I be able to afford the LASIK eye surgery procedure recommended for me?
Dr. Sambursky wants you to know you can afford LASIK vision correction, or any other procedure we offer. Not only do we participate in many health insurance plans, but we also offer several low monthly payment plans. Our patient counselor will meet with you to discuss a payment plan for LASIK vision correction that will best fit into your budget. We believe it is possible for everyone to get the eye care they deserve with the right financing options.
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What kind of results can I expect from laser vision correction?
Did you know that as many as 98% of laser vision correction procedures result in 20/40 vision or better? That’s good enough to pass a driver’s test. Since everyone’s eyes are different, no one can determine exactly what your results will be. But with a careful study of your current eye condition and prescription, doctors are usually able to predict success. Keep in mind that if Dr. Sambursky feels your results may be less than optimal, he will recommend you opt not to have laser vision correction.
Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?
LASIK is a relatively painless procedure, and the actual LASIK surgery lasts only minutes. We use a topical eye drop (anesthesia) to numb the eye during the procedure. Most LASIK patients feel no pain at all during the actual procedure. Some LASIK patients describe a “scratchy” feeling for a short time following the surgery, but minor discomfort is only temporary. Eye drops and a nap usually take care of any discomfort after the LASIK surgery.
Is LASIK eye surgery safe?
The LASIK vision correction surgery has become so popular throughout the world because it offers so many benefits over other forms of laser vision correction: greater precision, less surface area to heal, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, less postoperative discomfort, less postoperative need for medications, and vision returns rapidly. There are risks with any surgical procedure. However, the complication rate involved with LASIK vision correction is one of the lowest in the medical field.
How much experience does Dr. Sambursky have doing laser vision correction?
In the early 1990’s, laser eye surgeon Daniel Sambursky participated in the Excimer Laser surgery investigational trials and was among the first refractive laser eye surgeons in the United States to perform LASIK Surgery.
Dr. Sambursky earned his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical School and completed an internship at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital program in internal medicine. He then completed his training in Ophthalmology and Ocular Surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, which is one of the nation’s top ten medical and surgical training programs in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Sambursky has dedicated his practice to vision correction and has performed over 30,000 LASIK vision correction surgeries. He has also served as a Resident Instructor at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital where he has taught dozens of Ophthalmologists his surgical techniques in Refractive, Cataract and Corneal surgery. He continues to teach many doctors from this country and abroad his surgical techniques and has laser eye and LASIK surgery patients from around the country, and around the world, that seek his expertise in LASIK Surgery.