What Is LASIK?

Modern LASIK (Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is an all-laser method of vision correction. Our ophthalmologists use a femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap that will allow access to alter the shape of the cornea.

All-laser technology with the femtosecond laser is far more precise than using a mechanical blade, and is highly customizable to each eye of every unique patient.

Is LASIK Right For Me?

If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate for LASIK. Schedule a consultation
  • Are you having trouble with distance vision?
  • Are you having difficulty reading or seeing well at night?
  • Do you have depth perception issues?
  • Are you nearsighted, farsighted, or do you have an astigmatism?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is LASIK safe?
Yes. In fact, LASIK surgery is usually safer than wearing contact lenses. Learn more about eye safety here.
How long does the initial consultation take?
About 90 minutes, including the diagnostic procedures.
How do I know if I am a candidate for LASIK?
To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK you will need to come in for a no-charge LASIK consultation. The appointment is about 90 minutes long and you will be dilated at the exam. This is so our doctors can provide the most accurate results in viewing the back of your eye to determine everything is healthy enough to move forward with. If you wear soft contact lenses we would ask that you remove them for at least three days prior to the evaluation.
Is the surgery done at all of your locations?
The surgery is only done at our Lutherville location.
How long will my results last?
Research has shown that LASIK is a permanent procedure. In some instances, however, patients will need to have an enhancement—this is where the surgeon has to repeat the procedure to obtain satisfactory results. Due to the expertise and careful planning of our surgeons and staff, we have an extremely low enhancement rate at 2-3%.
Will my insurance cover LASIK?
LASIK is considered an elective procedure so vision or medical insurance companies will not cover LASIK at all.
Do you offer any type of financing?
We offer 12, 18, and 24 month financing plans with no interest through Care Credit. More information, as well as an application, can be found online at www.carecredit.com.
Is the procedure painful?
Drops are given to numb the eye, so most patients report that LASIK is a painless procedure. However, some patients do experience minor discomfort from the pressure sensation felt during the creation of the flap.
How long before I can return to work/school/other activities?
Most patients resume normal activities within a day of having LASIK surgery. We do recommend not working the day after your surgery, however, many of our patients do successfully return to work the day after their LASIK surgery. PRK, usually performed when the cornea is too thin for LASIK, heals a little slower than LASIK, and may require a few days off from work following your surgery. We typically recommend refraining from strenuous exercise and outdoor sports for 7 days following your surgery. No swimming for two weeks. Specific concerns will be discussed by your doctor.
How do I know if I am choosing the right practice for my LASIK?
LASIK is a surgical procedure that requires a high level of skill and experience. Not only should your surgeon be board-certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, but he or she should also leave you with a feeling of comfort upon addressing all of your concerns. At Katzen Eye Group, our physicians pride themselves in providing excellent care with attention to detail all along the way. Katzen Eye Group will make sure you have all the knowledge so you can move forward with making a confident decision.

What's It Like To Have LASIK

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Schedule A Consultation

At a time that’s convenient for you, a Katzen eye doctor will meet with you to discuss the changes in your vision and help you understand available options. The consultation and diagnostic testing are free, and certainly does not obligate you to any future service. We are able to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK. You will have an opportunity to schedule your procedure at this appointment.

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Arrive At The Katzen Office For LASIK

After being greeted by the staff, you are met by the ophthalmologist who will be performing your LASIK procedure. After a final diagnostic exam, the lasers are set with your exact prescription. You enter the laser suite for the procedure, which lasts about 15-20 min.

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Travel Home For Recovery

After surgery, you must have a friend or family member provide your transportation home. You will experience improved vision right away, but we recommend not reading, driving, or using a computer for the rest of the day. After a good night’s sleep you can return to work the next day.

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Come Back The Next Day For A Post-Op Checkup

It is important that you meet with a Katzen eye doctor the day after your LASIK. We will confirm that your eyes are healthy and clear you for normal activity.