Your questions about LASIK, answered
Have you been thinking about getting LASIK but still have some questions? You’re not alone. Every day, we get questions in our clinics and over the phone at our Patient Care Centre about the before, during, and after of LASIK and the other procedures we offer. In order to help you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions we get, with their answers.
What is the process/ how do I go about having surgery?
The first step is to come in for a free consultation. This is where we will assess your specific needs based on your vision and prescription. We offer in-person or virtual consultations that you can do from the comfort of your own home. If you want some basic information, you can download our free info kit.
How much does LASIK cost?
The price of LASIK starts at $490 per eye and depends on a variety of factors like your prescription, corneal thickness, the size of your pupils and the type of procedure you wish to undergo. The exact price will be determined at your free consultation.
Is my surgery covered by insurance?
Since everyone’s private insurance is different, you will need to check with your provider to see if you are covered or not. Some people find that part of their procedure is indeed covered and can offset the total cost.
Can I claim the cost of surgery on my income tax?
You can try adding it as a medical expense on your income tax, however there is no guarantee you will be reimbursed for it.
When is the next availability for a consultation?
The best way to book your free consultation is online, since our appointment calendar is updated in real time.
What is your address?
All of our addresses can be found on our website. You can change the location of your preferred clinic on the top-left corner.
When can I work out or resume other activities after surgery
Here is a helpful breakdown of what to expect after surgery, as well as what activities you can safely do in the days, weeks, and months after surgery. Most people are back to their normal day-to-day in as little as 24 hours!
What types of surgeries do you offer?
We offer a wide variety of procedures depending on your vision correction needs, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Do you have any promotions or discounts?
Depending on the time of year, we do sometimes have special promotions. You can always visit our website or call us to find out more.
How long is the pre-op (consultation)?
You can expect to be in the clinic for approximately two hours for your free consultation, or pre-operative appointment. There is no obligation after this appointment, but we take thorough measurements to give you an accurate idea of your procedures options and what to expect should you decide to book your surgery. You also have the option of completing a virtual pre-operative consultation, should you prefer to remain in the comfort of your home.
Can I drive after my pre-op?
We may dilate your pupils which can cause light sensitivity and blurry vision. Some patients can drive, others cannot. It would be best to have a couple of options available in case you are unable to drive yourself.
Does LASIK hurt, and can I go blind from it?
This is a common question; so common, in fact, that we have a whole section of myths & facts on our website dedicate to questions like this.
Before any of our procedures, patients are given topical anesthetic (eye drops) to numb the eye. Most of our patients say they feel nothing more than a minor sensation during laser vision correction, if anything at all. At LASIK MD, no one has ever gone blind after one of our procedures. LASIK is one of the safest elective procedures available and our surgeons have collectively performed over 1,000,000 surgeries, with over 500,000 of those being in Quebec.
Ready to learn more? During your free consultation you can ask even more questions tailored to your particular vision and needs.