LASIK

LASIK is a treatment that corrects refractive errors. This eye surgery reshapes the cornea, making clearer vision possible. Refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism hinder a person’s focusing ability of the eye, thus making them dependant on eyeglasses and contact lenses. LASIK provides patients with an alternative. This safe and effective procedure removes a predetermined amount of corneal tissue and reshapes the cornea, which improves the focusing power of the eye and visual acuity. LASIK helps to reduce a patient’s reliance on eyeglasses and contact lenses.

What does the LASIK procedure entail?

Your eye will first be anesthetized with topical eye drops. Dr. Miller will create a "flap" on the surface of the cornea using an advanced piece of surgical equipment called a "microkeratome." Dr. Miller will then carefully reshape the cornea using the laser and then replace the flap.

Who are good candidates for LASIK eye surgery?

A good candidate for LASIK should be at least 18 years old, have no change in refraction for at least one year and have realistic expectations for the results of LASIK. If you believe you are a good candidate for LASIK, contact our office for a free consultion.

Is LASIK safe?

Provided you are a good candidate, the average success rate for LASIK is 95 percent. Contact your ophthalmologist to see if you are a good candidate.

Is LASIK painful?

The LASIK procedure is near-painless. Usually, patients complain only of a mild discomfort, which can be controlled with medication.

What kind of results can be expected?

Patients should have realistic expectations going into the procedure. While 20/20 vision has been achieved for some patients as a result of LASIK, it is not guaranteed for all patients. Improved vision and reduced dependency on eyeglasses and contacts can be expected, but allow months for vision to completely stabilize.

Are there any risks associated with the LASIK procedure?

Only a small number of patients have reportedly experienced complications as a result of the LASIK eye surgery. Some risks of LASIK may include:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glared vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Loss of visual clarity
  • Irregular astigmatism

Fortunately, with today’s advancements in technology, complications with LASIK are drastically reduced.

How much does LASIK cost?

At Treasure Valley Eye Center LASIK is $1795 per eye. Employees of St. Luke's are eligible for a discount as well as members who have an active Blue Cross of Idaho insurance policy. Please speak to our LASIK coordinator in regard to our prices before you schedule your procedure.