LASIK FAQ’s

LASIK FAQ’s 2017-03-24T21:39:57+00:00

How many LASIK procedures has Dr. Nielsen performed?

Dr. Steven A. Nielsen has performed over 25,000 successful laser vision correction procedures. He was the first surgeon in the Boston area to perform the bilateral LASIK procedure.

Am I a candidate for LASIK?

LASIK surgery is ideal for patients with prescriptions between -12.0 and +4.0 and with mild to severe astigmatism. Only an in-depth evaluation can truly determine if a patient is a LASIK candidate. The Nielsen Eye Center offers free LASIK consultations for all interested patients. Call 617-471-5665 or 877-373-2020 to schedule your free LASIK consultation.

How soon after LASIK surgery will I see well?

Each patient is different and the eye drops given during the procedure can cause some blurring. Many patients notice a dramatic improvement even as they leave the office. Typically, five out of five patients can pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses after the treatment.

 Will I need glasses or contact lenses after the treatment?

At The Nielsen Eye Center, the goal of LASIK surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses. A small percentage of patients wear a thin pair of prescription glasses for night driving and over the counter glasses for reading very fine print.

 Can both eyes be treated at the same time?

Yes, we perform laser vision correction on both eyes on the same day. This relieves the troublesome effect of being nearsighted in only one eye between the surgeries. The entire process of bi-lateral LASIK takes approximately 10 minutes.

 What kind of anesthesia is used?

The procedure is generally painless. Numbing eye drops are the only anesthesia we use. No needles or intravenous drugs are used.

 Will I be in pain after the procedure?

Each patient is different, and some patients experience a sensation of burning or scratchiness. Mild irritation, similar to that of having a dirty contact lens in your eye, can last one to three hours after the procedure. One dose of Tylenol is all most people find they need. Most people avoid discomfort if they take a nap soon after the treatment.

How soon after the procedure can I bathe or shower?

You can bathe or shower the same day. However, it is important to avoid getting soap or water directly in your eyes. Also, it is important to avoid rubbing your eyes during the first month after having the procedure.

When can I drive?

You should not drive the day of the procedure. After that, you may drive when you feel confident that your visual acuity and eye comfort allow you to drive safely.

When may I return to work?

Most patients go back to work full-time the day after treatment. It is rare that an additional day or two is required before returning to work. We recommend that you take it easy for a couple of days and that you refrain from strenuous exercise for a least a week as this can traumatize the eye and affect healing.

How many times do I need to be seen following the treatment?

Typical follow-up appointments are scheduled 1 day, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and one year after treatment. Some patients require more visits. Remember, we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or concerns.

How much does Laser Vision Correction Cost? Can I afford it?

At The Nielsen Eye Center, our policy is to arrange affordable monthly payments in order to help fit LASIK into your budget. As compared with eyeglasses and contact lenses, LASIK can pay for itself in a few years. Eyeglasses usually have to be replaced once a year or so and contact lenses, depending on the type, can be extremely costly. Speak with our Patient Advocate for more information on financing, call 617-471-5665 or 877-373-2020.