Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is laser vision correction?

Laser vision correction is a common procedure using a laser to gently reshape the cornea — the surface of the eye — to improve vision. Laser vision correction is used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism.

Laser vision correction offers clear, functional vision that may eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts, help you feel better, help you perform better with daily tasks and activities, and save you time. LASIK and PRK are two types of laser vision correction that UVA LASIK offers.

+ Is LASIK safe?

LASIK was FDA approved in 1999 and has been performed millions of times worldwide since. Clinical research has repeatedly proven that LASIK is safe and effective for qualified individuals.

+ Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Most patients choose to have both eyes done at the same time. Dr. Odrich can discuss the best option for your specific needs.

+ Does laser vision correction hurt?

There is minimal discomfort with LASIK. Most of our patients report no more than mild discomfort for a day or so after the procedure.

There is more discomfort associated with PRK recovery, as well as a longer recovery period (up to a few weeks). Pain medication may be prescribed, if necessary.

For PRK and LASIK, anesthetic eye drops are used, so no discomfort is felt during the procedure.

+ How long does LASIK take?

The laser treatment itself usually takes less than a minute, while the entire procedure takes approximately 15 minutes per eye.

+ How do I know if I'm eligible for laser vision correction?

The UVA LASIK team will help you decide during your consultation; however, some of the following conditions may exclude you:

  • Persistent dry eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Thin cornea
  • Diabetes
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Dr. Odrich is a fellowship-trained cornea specialist. If you are not a candidate for laser vision correction, or if you need to treat a condition prior to a refractive procedure, he can help!

+ What happens before laser vision correction?

During the screening appointment (consultation), Dr. Odrich will review your medical history and other patient forms. We will also perform measurements of corneal thickness, topography and wavefront aberometer analysis to determine if you are a suitable candidate for laser vision correction. Patients are asked to discontinue contact lens wear for 3+ days prior to the screening appointment. We also require forms to be completed prior to this appointment on our website, as no reading or screen time are allowed for 5-10 minutes prior to the screening.

+ What happens on the day of treatment?

Your procedure will be on a Friday at Monticello Community Surgery Center. UVA LASIK will notify you of your arrival date and time. Someone should accompany you to drive you home. LASIK and PRK are outpatient procedures and take less than one hour.

+ What happens afterward?

You'll most likely notice clearer vision immediately. This will improve within days for LASIK and months for PRK. For both procedures, you will be sent home to rest your eyes for the rest of the day. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Odrich for the following day.

+ When may I resume driving?

Most LASIK patients are able to drive after seeing Dr. Odrich at their 1-day post-op visit. With PRK, you may not drive for a week.

+ Can I go back to work right away?

LASIK patients typically have their procedure on Friday and are back to work on the following Monday. Dr. Odrich recommends that PRK patients plan to be out of work for about a week after their procedure.

+ When may I go back to wearing makeup?

You may resume wearing makeup about one week after your surgery. However, throw out your old makeup and buy new to decrease your risk of infection.

+ Are there any side effects?

Some people experience dry eye after LASIK, which usually is relieved with eye drops and disappears over time. Others may experience starbursts or halos around lights, especially at night. Usually this effect lessens or disappears over time, as well.

+ How many checkups will I need after LASIK?

You will return to UVA LASIK the day following your procedure. You will then be seen usually at one week, one month, three months, and then six months after your procedure.

+ What if time passes and I'm not seeing better?

This is a rare occurance. If this happens, we will work with you to determine the cause and to see if treatment is appropriate.

+ Will I still need glasses after LASIK or PRK?

Data shows a patient satisfaction rate of up to 98%, with more than 90% of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better. Some patients may need or desire corrective lenses for certain activities (e.g. driving at night or reading).

Sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays are strongly encouraged after laser vision correction.

+ How much does laser vision correction cost?

The average cost for all laser-based vision correction procedures is about $2,500 per eye. This includes all of the pre- and post-operative care for 6 months after your procedure.

+ I have more questions about LASIK. Who should I ask?

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