Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the procedure take?
The entire procedure only takes between 10 and 15 minutes if you are having both eyes done. The time that the laser is firing is seconds per eye, with a treatment time of 10 seconds for an average correction. Since Dr. Bonanni utilizes the Wavelight Allegretto laser which is the fastest laser available in the U.S. today, treatment times are radically decreased, allowing for a more accurate treatment and more consistent results.
Is the procedure painful?
Laser vision correction is virtually painless. Both LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation (LASEK) are associated with little discomfort. The eye is numbed with simple eye drops, and there are no needles. This anesthesia provides for a painless procedure. After the surgery, some patients experience some tearing and a feeling like they have a contact lens in the eye or there is an eyelash in the eye. This disappears with sleep and with keeping the eyes closed for a period.
How soon can I go back to work or school?
Most people (99%) return to work or school the very next day following their LASIK procedure. In fact, most people experience an improvement in vision almost immediately, and obtain 20/20 vision or better by the next morning. Dr. Bonanni will check your eyes the day after the procedure to ensure you are healing properly. With LASEK or advanced surface treatment, functional vision usually returns after 3 to 4 days, with most people taking off 2 or 3 days from work.
Is laser vision correction permanent?
The laser effects a permanent reshaping of the cornea. [The laser that Dr. Bonanni uses is the only one that performs a treatment that follows the natural shape of the cornea- other lasers alters the normal corneal shape.] Once you are completely healed (which can in some instances take 3 months) your vision should not change. Due to healing differences, some patients may need an enhancement, which can be done between the 3rd and 6th month after the initial procedure. In Dr. Bonanni’s hands, this occurs less than 1% of the time.
What happens if my eye moves during the procedure?
The laser constantly monitors the eye and places the laser pulses precisely where they are needed. The Wavelight Allegretto laser has the only eye-tracker built from the ground up for LASIK. It utilizes active, fast-track technology with a response time less than six milliseconds to constantly follow the eye at all times. It is the only laser to use three infrared lights in its eye tracker thus assuring accurate tracking for best results.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
The best candidates for laser vision correction are individuals older than 18 years of age with healthy eyes. People who were not candidates a few years ago may now be candidates due to improved laser technology and treatments. You should be free of certain health problems like uncontrolled diabetes and not have an auto-immune or collagen-vascular disease. You should also not be pregnant or nursing. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to come into the office for a free consultation and let Dr. Bonanni review your individual circumstances.
Does Gotham Lasik Offer Payment Plans and Does Insurance cover Lasik?
Yes, Gotham Lasik offers a variety of financing options from 0% interest financing to other low monthly payment options. These plans bring the benefits of Lasik surgery to within the reach of almost everyone. Our financial consultant will discuss with you the options and assist you in the application process which is a short and quick process. (We also accept all major credit cards and checks.) Some insurance companies do cover the procedure, but most do not because they consider it an elective, cosmetic procedure. You may check with your insurance carrier or our consultant will be happy to check this when you come in for your free consultation. We also offer group benefits programs through companies, unions and associations.
Are there any long-term side effects associated with LASIK eye surgery?
LASIK eye surgery has been performed for more than 15 years with no long-term side effects yet discovered. Additionally, LASIK is based on another procedure known as keratomileusis, which has been around more than 40 years.
Are there any side effects associated with Lasik?
There are very few side effects associated with Lasik. The most common side effect of laser vision correction is a temporary dry eye which may occur in some patients. This can last a day or up to a few weeks to a few months. The use of artificial tears is usually enough to alleviate this, and there are other treatments available if required.
A small number of patients in the past have reported fluctuating vision and night glare. However, these side-effects are much reduced with the advent of new advancements in screening and treatment.
I’ve heard that glare and halos are common after LASIK. Is this true?
No, as mentioned, glare and halos are rare with the newer technologies. In fact, the laser that Dr. Bonanni uses is the only laser that may actually improve symptoms like these. In clinical trials, the Allegretto Wave laser can improve the quality of vision in regards to glare, especially night driving glare. Most other lasers only try to minimize an increase in glare and halos.