LASIK FAQs

Common Questions About LASIK – Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO

Q: Will I have perfect vision after laser eye surgery or will I still need to wear glasses?

A: Laser vision correction surgery is an extremely successful procedure. In fact, more than 95 percent of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision and 35 percent are able to see better than 20/20. While results vary from one individual to another, most postoperative laser eye surgery patients are able to greatly reduce or completely eliminate their dependence on corrective eyewear. However, some patients may require additional enhancements. Individuals over the age of 45 who develop presbyopia may still need to use reading glasses or have a monovision treatment.

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Q: Has anyone gone blind after laser eye surgery?

A: Dr. Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO, has performed more than 55,000 laser eye surgeries and no patient has ever gone blind.

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Q: What are the long-term effects of laser eye surgery?

A: After numerous studies around the world, the long term safety of LASIK has been well established. Individuals who develop complications usually do so within the first few days or months after laser surgery, not years later. For these patients, a laser enhancement may be recommended.

Dr. Donnenfeld was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser vision correction over 20 years ago and has successfully performed more than 55,000 vision correction procedures to date. Many of his patients have been able to maintain their 20/20 vision for years without any problems.

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Q: What are some of the risks associated with laser eye surgery?

A: Just like any surgical procedure, laser eye surgery is associated with rare complications. Although the possibility of a significant complication is less than 0.1 percent, some patients may experience vision difficulties such as blurred vision, glare, halo and dry eye.

Side effects such as corneal flap complications and infection are also possible, but extremely rare. It is essential to be well informed about the risks of laser eye surgery prior to undergoing the procedure. Dr. Donnenfeld, who has been successfully treating LASIK patients throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for many years, strongly believes that each patient deserves a detailed evaluation and individually tailored treatment plan. Patients who are not deemed good candidates should not have surgery.

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Q: Will I feel any pain during laser eye surgery?

A: Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. In general, laser eye surgery patients should be at least 18 years old and have stable vision for one year prior to surgery. Individuals who suffer from diseases of the cornea or the retina may not qualify for laser eye surgery. The best way to find out if you qualify for the procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Donnenfeld.

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Q: Can anyone have laser eye surgery? Am I a candidate?

A: Not everyone is a good candidate for laser eye surgery. In general, laser eye surgery patients should be at least 18 years old and have stable vision for one year prior to surgery. Individuals who suffer from diseases of the cornea or the retina may not qualify for laser eye surgery. The best way to find out if you qualify for the procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Donnenfeld.

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Q: Can I have laser eye surgery on both eyes at the same time?

A: Yes. In general, laser eye surgery is performed on both eyes at the same time. In the event that this is not possible due to safety reasons, only one eye will be corrected at a time. After a thorough evaluation of your vision and eye characteristics, Dr. Donnenfeld will recommend the best treatment plan for you.

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Q: What is included in the cost of the procedure?

A: In general, the fee for laser eye surgery covers the following costs:

  • Consultation
  • Preoperative evaluation and diagnostics
  • The vision correction procedure
  • Postoperative visits for up to 12 months
  • Enhancement surgery, if needed

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Dr. Donnenfeld offers a range of financing plans, depending on which location you select for your vision correction surgery.

For more information, please schedule a consultation with Long Island cataract surgery and LASIK surgeon Dr. Donnenfeld.

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