Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question we have not addressed, or if you would like further clarification, please feel free to call us at (571) 755-2020 or submit a consultation request below.
Yes, overwhelmingly so. LASIK, along with its five other modern variations, is arguably the most studied and analyzed procedure in modern medical history. Those results all point in the same direction – vision correction is safe, effective, and long-lasting. Don’t just take our word for it, however. The US military has also fully adopted LASIK. When push comes to shove our armed forces, which has a vast repository of LASIK data, understands that glasses or contacts are ultimately a hindrance among its many service men and women.
There has not been a single reported incident of blindness occurring from LASIK.
Absolutely. One of the most common misconceptions we hear from patients is that LASIK can’t treat astigmatism. Not only is that untrue but it generally treats astigmatism better than glasses or contacts can.
No, the changes with LASIK are permanent. However, around age 45, most people begin to have difficulty seeing up close (presbyopia). This occurs whether they’ve had LASIK or not. If you are close to this age, we’ll take that into consideration in determining your best vision correction options.
No. You will not feel any pain during your procedure. However, you will experience a bit of a light show during the process.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes to complete for both eyes, but the laser portion is only seconds per eye. Most patients are surprised by how quick the process really is.
The lasers used at Brusco Vision are equipped with features to limit eye movements or monitor the position of your eye, making necessary adjustments for any position changes during the treatment process. Even if you coughed, for example, our excimer laser would automatically stop and later resume exactly where it left off. In addition, a gentle eyelid holder is placed between your eyelids so you don’t have to worry about blinking during the procedure.
No, it doesn’t. However, LASIK is a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account procedure. If your company offers a health or flexible spending account, you can generally use it to pay for LASIK.
One of the greatest benefits of LASIK is its rapid visual recovery. Although vision tends to be blurry the first few hours after the procedure, most of our LASIK patients are back to work and resuming normal activities the very next day. The vision continues to clear and improve even more over the next week.