LASIK

At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, our LASIK surgeon offers personalized laser vision correction surgery to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK in Columbus, Ohio

LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a refractive surgery to improve nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Studies show that more than 90% of patients enjoy vision that is 20/20 or better after LASIK surgery.1 At Columbus Ophthalmology Associates, our board-certified refractive surgeon, Dr. Swarupa “Rupa” Kancherla, has helped many patients achieve better vision with LASIK.

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Who is a Candidate for LASIK?

If you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and want a long-term, hassle-free vision improvement solution, you may be a good candidate for LASIK.

Ideal LASIK candidates:

  • Are 18 or older
  • Have had a stable prescription for at least one year
  • In good general health with no history of dry eye disease, glaucoma, keratoconus, or corneal disease

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LASIK Surgery—What to Expect

Preparing for LASIK

The first step toward LASIK is to schedule a consultation appointment, during which we will discuss your current lifestyle and health history and conduct an eye exam. We are dedicated to helping you make an informed decision and a consultation is also your opportunity to get answers to any questions you have.

If you are a candidate and LASIK is a good choice for you, we will schedule your procedure. You will be instructed to stop wearing contact lenses for at least one week prior to your LASIK surgery.

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We may also need to have you out of contact lenses for an even more extended period if our testing prior to surgery requires repeat measurements. You will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.

How LASIK Works

Your eyes will be numbed with anesthetic drops prior to your procedure. Our team will make sure you are comfortable before the surgeon begins. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea to correct refractive errors. The surgeon will make a small incision on the surface of the eye and then use a specialized laser to reshape the cornea. The actual LASIK surgery typically takes just 15 minutes, though your total visit time will be around 90 minutes.

LASIK Recovery

After your initial recovery, you will return home for the rest of the day. You may experience some mild discomfort, but patients usually resume normal activities by the day after surgery. You will need to avoid rubbing your eyes, submerging your face in water, or using eye makeup for about two weeks.
 

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Benefits and Risks of LASIK

LASIK offers many benefits, such as a quicker morning routine, more freedom to be active and participate in hobbies that are easier without glasses, and financial savings from the lifelong cost of contacts and glasses. While any surgical procedure carries some risk, LASIK is generally considered a safe procedure—in fact, fewer than 1% of LASIK patients experience complications.2 Most common LASIK side effects, such as light sensitivity or inflammation, are temporary.

Financing For LASIK

We understand that cost is a concern for many patients and our goal is to make better vision an attainable goal. We offer a variety of payment options and budget-friendly financing through medical lenders. Learn More.

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Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

Will LASIK hurt?

You may feel slight pressure but your eyes will be numbed so you will not feel any pain during the procedure.

What is life after LASIK like?

You will notice improved vision right after your surgery and then you’ll get to experience life with the freedom of LASIK. Studies report an exceptionally high rate of patient satisfaction for LASIK, with more than 96% of patients sharing that they are happy with their results.3

Does insurance cover LASIK?

No, health or vision insurance does not usually offer coverage for LASIK, as it is considered an elective procedure. You can contact your insurance company to see if they offer any discounts for vision correction procedures.

What can I do if I am not a candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is a great vision correction option, but it is not right for everyone. If you are not a candidate, that doesn’t mean that vision correction surgery is not a possibility for you! We offer several other options that can be alternatives to LASIK, including PRK and Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL).

1 American Refractive Surgery Council. What is the LASIK Success Rate? Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/laser-eye-surgery-lasik-success-rate/ Accessed February 17, 2020.
2 American Refractive Surgery Council. LASIK Complication Rate: The Latest Facts and Stats You Should Know. Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/lasik-complication-rate-latest-facts Accessed February 17, 2020.
3 Sandoval HP, Donnenfeld ED, Kohnen T, Lindstrom RL, Potvin R, Tremblay DM, Solomon KD. Modern laser in situ keratomileusis outcomes. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Aug;42(8):1224-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2016.07.012. PMID: 27531300. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27531300. Accessed October 1, 2020.

Real Patient Reviews

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Dr. Hickey is one of the best doctors! He is helping me with my macular degeneration. The staff is very friendly, especially Cindy at the front desk. The place is very clean also.

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