LASIK FAQ in Nashville, TN
Men and women have many questions about LASIK surgery. Our LASIK FAQs provide answers to the most common questions. Please contact us with any additional questions. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers LASIK surgery for the residents of Nashville, Franklin, Hendersonville and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
Dr. Horn has provided the answers to some of the most common questions amongst those considering LASIK surgery. We are always available to answer any other questions.
Is LASIK Surgery Covered by My Health Insurance or Flex Spending Plan?
LASIK surgery may be considered “elective” by your health insurance carrier, and therefore, may not be covered. Your flex spending plan may allow reimbursement for the procedure. We can help you determine coverage under your health insurance and flex spending account. For your out-of-pocket expenses, we accept several forms of payment and offer financing.
Does LASIK Surgery Hurt?
Your eyes are numbed for the LASIK surgery, so you experience no discomfort. You may feel a slight sensation of pressure as Dr. Horn performs the procedure. After the surgery, your eyes may feel irritated, and it may feel like you have something in your eye. This is normal, and the symptoms should only last 12 to 24 hours. You should plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day. You can return to work the day after your surgery. If you have any discomfort after the LASIK surgery, Dr. Horn can recommend an over-the-counter medication or prescribe pain medication.
How Long Does LASIK Surgery Take?
With our advanced LASIK surgery technologies, Dr. Horn is able to treat each eye in 30 to 90 seconds. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes for both eyes. Your vision is restored within a few hours.
Will LASIK Really Improve My Vision?
LASIK surgery is clinically proven to improve vision. The results are equivalent to or better than the vision correction that is achieved with eyeglasses and/or contact lenses. The surgery can even improve astigmatism.
What are the Risks of LASIK Surgery?
Surgery, in general, involves risks. You can reduce the risks by having your LASIK surgery at Vision For Life, home of Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, an experienced and highly qualified LASIK surgeon. We advise our patients that LASIK surgery only helps with vision correction and cannot prevent other eye problems, such as cataracts, loss of close-up vision and glaucoma. These conditions occur naturally due to aging, genetics and other factors.
Are the Results of LASIK Surgery Permanent?
The laser that is used for LASIK surgery permanently changes the shape of your cornea to improve your vision.
Will LASIK Surgery Prevent Other Eye Problems?
We advise our patients that LASIK surgery only helps with vision correction and cannot prevent other eye problems, such as cataracts, loss of close-up vision and glaucoma. These conditions occur naturally due to aging, genetics and other factors.
What If My Eyes Change After LASIK Surgery?
If you notice changes in your vision after you heal fully from your LASIK surgery, contact us to schedule a follow-up appointment. Dr. Horn will diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatments.
Can I Wear Contact Lenses After LASIK Surgery?
You can wear contact lenses, but you will not need them. LASIK surgery improves your vision far better than eyeglasses and contact lenses.
What Experience Does Dr. Horn Have with LASIK Surgery?
Dr. Horn has specialized in refractive eye surgery since 1994. He was an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for eight years and was a lead principal investigator for clinical trials for vision correction treatments.
How Thorough is the Pre-Treatment Plan?
Extensive screening is a critical aspect of exceptional results with LASIK surgery. By considering all information about your eyes, we are able to make a very specific vision correction recommendation. Dr. Horn takes a conservative approach, if there is doubt in his mind about a procedure being right for you, he will not treat you until something more appropriate for you comes along. The need for optimal screening is one of the reasons why we provide free Wavefront analysis to patients before they make any commitments to us.
What If I am Not a Candidate for Laser Vision Correction?
Vision for Life offers several options for vision correction. If you are not a candidate for laser surgery, Dr. Horn may recommend other methods for improving your vision without eyeglasses and contact lenses. Dr. Horn is certified for every lens implant and multifocal IOL on the market. One of these may be right for you. The multifocal IOL is ideal for many people over 45 and those who need cataract surgery. Phakic lens implants are typically for those who are very nearsighted or have thin corneas.
What is the Difference Between Lens Implants and Lens Replacement?
Lens implants are placed on the front of your eye to enhance focal power. A lens replacement actually replaces the natural lens. Multifocal IOLs are newer lens replacements that allow your eye to focus at varying distances.
Does Medicare Cover the New Multifocal IOLs for Cataract Patients?
Medicare covers the cost of traditional cataract lens replacements. If you opt for multifocal IOLs, you may have a higher out-of-pocket cost.
Why Should I Trust My Vision to Vision For Life?
When Dr. Horn founded Vision for Life, he made the decision to make the practice a top refractive surgical center of excellence. Every aspect, from the climate-controlled surgical suite to the latest and best technology, is available to deliver the vision that you deserve. Because he specializes in refractive surgery, Dr. Horn does more surgeries than most other ophthalmologists. His experience gives you an advantage before the surgery, when you are determining the best procedure for your needs, as well as during surgery when precision and skill matter the most. Because you depend on your vision for your entire lifetime, you deserve the excellence and attention to detail that you find at Vision for Life.
How Much Does LASIK Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your LASIK surgery may not be covered by your vision and medical insurance. You should check your coverage and review your budget before scheduling the LASIK procedure. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
After you review the information about our LASIK results, we will help you find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK. At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers LASIK surgery for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!