Questions about LASIK Surgery

LASIK & Cataract Surgeon Serving Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Rocklin, and Nearby Areas of California

How do I know if I’m a candidate for LASIK?

The best way to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK is to visit our Sacramento ophthalmology office for an evaluation. Dr. Wilmarth will examine your eyes to determine the nature and extent of your refractive errors. He will also evaluate the thickness of your corneas and look for other conditions such as dry eyes which may affect your candidacy.

If Dr. Wilmarth determines that you are not a suitable candidate for LASIK, he may recommend an alternative such as PRK to achieve your vision correction goals.

How long will my LASIK procedure take?

Your LASIK procedure can be completed in approximately 15 minutes, although you may remain at our office for one to two hours after your procedure to make sure everything went smoothly. You should arrange for someone to drive you home following your surgery.

Does LASIK hurt?

No. Your LASIK procedure will be virtually painless. Anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eye and minimize any discomfort. You may experience some mild irritation for a few hours after the procedure, but this will subside shortly. You should be able to resume all normal activity the next day.

Will I have perfect vision after my LASIK procedure?

The vast majority of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better after their procedure. However, there is no guarantee that you will have perfect vision following LASIK. While most people no longer need glasses or contact lenses after LASIK, there are several factors which may impact your ability to achieve perfect vision, including:

For additional information, please read our LASIK Results: What to Expect page.

Can I wear my contact lenses up until the day of my surgery?

No. You will need to stop wearing your contact lenses before undergoing LASIK in order to allow your cornea to resume its natural curvature. Use of soft contact lenses must be discontinued two weeks to two months prior to undergoing LASIK. The use of hard or rigid gas permeable lenses may need to be discontinued for more than two months prior to your procedure.

At your LASIK consultation, Dr. Wilmarth will explain these contact lens restrictions to you in greater detail.

How long will my LASIK results last?

LASIK results are permanent. However, you may still develop age-related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts down the road which may impact your vision.

Please contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center by calling 916-782-2111 today to schedule your free LASIK consultation. Dr. Stephen Wilmarth serves patients in Northern California including Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, and Folsom.