Q: Does insurance cover Laser Vision Correction?
A: Most insurance companies consider Laser Vision Correction an elective procedure and as a result it is not a covered benefit. However, it is certainly worth checking with your insurance company. We are a provider for many vision insurance plans so you may be entitled to a discount. We also offer a 10% discount if you pay cash and have no other discounts available to you.

Q: What are the side effects of Laser Vision Correction?
A: You may experience a gritty sensation in your eyes as well as some slight discomfort after Laser Vision Correction. Medication will be prescribed if needed to make you more comfortable during the immediate healing process. As with any procedure, there are possible risks involved. However, complications following the Laser Vision Correction procedure are rare.

Q: What about pain? Does Laser Vision Correction hurt?
A: NO. The anesthetic eye drops make LVC absolutely painless.

Q: Do your Doctors perform the surgery?
A: Dr.s Gerhardt, Ruhl, Hangartner, & Carabello will be performing your pre-op and post-op care. Dr. Valerie Kounkel is board certified in Ophthalmology and will perform your Laser Vision Correction.

Q: How many different prescriptions can be done?
A: Myopia, (nearsightedness), Astigmatism, (irregularly shaped cornea), and Hyperopia, (farsightedness).

Q: How soon can I return to work after Laser Vision Correction?
A: Most patients go back to work and resume virtually all of their daily activities within the next week following Laser Vision Correction. Your doctor will discuss with you any activities you should avoid during the immediate postoperative period.

Q: What if my eye moves during the procedure?
A: The VISX Star S4 laser has a 3D Active Trak. If your eye moves, the laser will quit firing, but continue to “track” until your eye comes back into position; then the laser will begin to fire again. The benefit to you as a patient is that you can relax while the laser follows the tiny movements of your eye.

Q: How soon after Laser Vision Correction will I see well?
A: Immediately! Visual recovery varies for each person, but it is usually stable within three months. The speed at which your vision improves varies due to the LVC procedure, individual rates of healing, degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, and your compliance with your post-operative instructions.

Q: Do the results last?
A: Laser Vision Correction is considered to be a permanent procedure. However, laser vision correction will not prevent any age related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts. These conditions would need to be treated in the usual manner.

Q: I wear bifocals now, and my doctor says that I’ll still need to wear reading glasses even if I have Laser Vision Correction done. Why is this?
A: Most people in their 40’s or older will need reading glasses if their eyes are corrected for distance because the eye’s lens loses flexibility as we age. This condition, called presbyopia, cannot currently be treated by surgical methods. Some patients in this age group select monovision, such as is done with contact lenses. This option allows patients to use one of their eyes for distance and the other to see up close. Although monovision proves to be satisfactory for some patients, many are not comfortable with this arrangement. Patients need to discuss the options with their Doctor and the Laser Vision Coordinator.

Q: What is Nearsightedness, Farsightedness & Astigmatism?
A: Nearsightedness occurs when the curve at the front portion of the eye, known as the cornea, is too steep, resulting in blurred images in the distance. In a normal eye, the cornea and the lens of the eye focus light to form an image on the back surface of the eye, known as the retina. In a nearsighted eye, the eye focuses or refracts light too much, causing images of distant objects to form in front of the retina and appear blurry. In a farsighted eye, the opposite is true – weaker focusing power causes the image to theoretically focus behind the retina, also making them appear blurry. Astigmatism is blurred vision as the result of an irregular curvature of the cornea.

Q: How safe is Laser Vision Correction?
A: Patients who participated in the initial clinical trials in the United States have been followed for over five years now, and no sight threatening complications have occurred. Over 11 years of LVC experience has been documented internationally.

Q: Will my vision be 20/20 and what is the success rate for Laser Vision Correction?
A: An overwhelming majority of patients achieve 20/20. While we cannot guarantee vision results, Laser Vision Correction may provide 20/40 vision or better to pass a drivers exam. Results from the studies reviewed by the FDA to approve VISX’s application for treating nearsightedness indicated that all patients experienced a significant improvement in uncorrected or natural vision after laser vision correction. Treatments with the VISX excimer laser resulted in improved natural vision, or vision without eyeglasses. In recent national studies more than 98% of LVC treatments have resulted in “driving vision” (functional vision when patients no longer need to wear glasses or contacts to pass a driving test).

Q: How long does the procedure take and what can I expect the day of surgery?
A: The physician will position your head under the laser, and an instrument will be placed between your eyelids to gently hold them open during the treatment. Once completed, you will be asked to focus on a blinking red light while the laser removes microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea. After your laser treatment is complete, some drops will be administered and protective shields will be placed over your eyes for protection and comfort purposes.

Q: What do I do NEXT?
A: Your next step is to schedule your Laser Vision Correction evaluation, which will determine if you are a candidate for Laser Vision Correction. For further information, call Freedom Laser Vision Correction at 1-319-758-1107. At Freedom Laser Vision Correction, we are committed to helping you make an informed decision about Laser Vision Correction.