Main Phone: 208-336-2020
1926 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83702
Mon, Wed, Fri
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tues & Thurs
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday & Sundays
We are closed but available after hours if you have an emergency.
Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK
Q: What is refractive surgery?
Q: What are the goals of refractive surgery?
Q: What is the difference between LASIK, LASEK, and PRK?
Q: Does LASIK hurt?
Q: Is LASIK an FDA-approved procedure?
Q: What are the side effects?
Q: How long will I be off work?
Q: What if I am currently wearing contact lenses?
Q: Are both eyes done at the same time?
Q: Which laser do you use?
Q: What do I need to do in order to undergo LASIK?
Q: What should I expect on the day of surgery?
Q: With multiple LASIK surgeons in the area, why should I choose Ada Vision Center?
Q: Is LASIK Affordable?
Q: What are your fees for LASIK?
Q: How do I schedule a refractive surgery consultation or pre-operative exam?
A: Refractive surgery is a procedure to reduce or eliminate the dependency on corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses) for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Refractive surgery includes RK, PRK, LASIK, LASEK, CLE, and Phakic Implants. Surgical remedies such as Crystalens, and Restor Lens are being evaluated to treat presbyopia (the loss of near vision that occurs with age) also.
A: The goals of surgery are to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses.
A: In all procedures, the excimer laser is used to sculpt the cornea. The differences remain in how the surgeon gains access to the corneal tissue. During LASIK, a corneal flap is created using an instrument called a microkeratome. A laser is then used to sculpt the remaining corneal tissue. During LASEK, the epithelial layer of the cornea is loosened using an alcohol solution to help with removal; after the laser treatment this layer of tissue is replaced to enhance healing; during PRK, the surgeon removes and discards the epithelium (surface skin layer), sculpts the remaining tissue of the cornea and then covers the eye with a contact lens that acts as a bandage until the tissue regenerates. LASIK is the most widely used of the procedures, while LASEK and PRK tend to be reserved for select patients who are less suitable candidates for LASIK.
A: The actual procedure does not hurt. Your eye(s) will be numbed with anesthetic drops. Some patients experience a slight pressure sensation during the procedure. After the procedure, patients may experience discomfort such as scratchiness, mild irritation, and dry eye.
A: Our surgeon uses the VISX Star S4 excimer laser, which has been approved by the FDA for LASIK.
A: With any surgical procedure there are possible side effects: the most common is dry eye. A small percentage (less than one percent) of our patients have had some inflammation after surgery or an infection. Both problems are treated with aggressive use of anti-inflammatory or anti-bacterial drops. Other side effects include sensitivity to light, night glare, and mild irritation. Most side effects are temporary and should subside over time. During your consultation, our doctors and staff will explain these conditions in more detail and answer any questions that you may have.
A: Most of our patients return to work the next day.
A: When you schedule your pre-operative appointment, it is important to discontinue the use of hard or gas permeable contact lenses for at least one month for every decade of contact lens use prior to your exam in order for your corneas to return to their natural shape. (Please contact our office for more specific instructions.) Soft lenses must be out for at least two weeks.
A: Usually, but they can be done separately. This is an issue you may want to discuss with Dr. Noble or Dr. Simonson.
A: Our surgeon uses the VISX Star S4 laser, which is used by close to 70 percent of the industry and is the most advanced laser on the market. The VISX laser has significant benefits when compared with other excimer lasers. At your consultation, Dr. Noble or Dr. Simonson will further discuss the benefits of the type of laser used in LASIK.
A: The first step a patient takes for LASIK is to schedule a screening or a full pre-operative exam. The screening is a short appointment where preliminary testing takes place to determine if you are a good candidate for refractive surgery. A pre-operative appointment is a more extensive visit (plan about an hour to an hour and a half) where we determine precisely which refractive surgery procedure is right for you. Many measurements are taken of your eyes, including: refraction, a second cycloplegic refraction, measuring the width of your pupil, measuring the thickness of your cornea, measuring the curvature of your cornea, and a dilated fundus exam.
A: You will be given numbing drops as well as oral sedatives to make you more comfortable. Once in the surgical suite, we will create a flap on the surface of the cornea and apply the laser treatment that will gently sculpt the surface of your cornea to your given correction. After approximately 20 to 30 minutes, the procedure is complete and you will be taken to an observation room. The surgeon will take one more look at your eyes before you can go home. Many patients see an improvement in their vision when they walk out of the surgical suite. Once at home, patients usually try to rest their eyes by taking a nap. After the nap, patients notice even more improvement in their vision and most patients can drive themselves to the post-operative appointment the next day.
A: Having had the unique opportunity to co-manage over 8,000 refractive eye procedures, Dr. Noble and Dr. Simonson well-versed in selecting a good refractive surgery candidate. They will take the time to discuss, one-on-one, which procedure is right for you. As a refractive surgery patient, you can trust that you are in good hands with the expertise of Dr. Noble, Dr. Simonson and Ada Vision Center.
Because they have no direct tie with any particular surgery center, Dr. Noble and Dr. Simonson are in a unique position to select the surgeon and laser that is the best match for you and your eyes. Their strength is in extremely thorough pre-operation evaluations and in the proper education of his refractive surgery patients, both of which are critical to achieving positive and expected outcomes. The patients at Ada Vision Center enjoy returning for their on-going eye care and we are kept busy from the highly appreciated referrals from family and friends.
A: LASIK is an excellent investment for your personal well-being, and for this reason we believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle. Patients can choose one of several affordable payment options.
Make Payments as Low as $51 Per Month
Flexible Spending Accounts
Take advantage of flexible spending accounts that may be offered through your employer. This can be a great way to reduce your out-of-pocket expense.
Medical Savings Accounts
You can use a medical savings account to assist in paying for your procedure. We encourage you to come in for a pre-operative exam prior to committing to a specific amount for the year. In the event that you are not a good candidate, all we charge is the amount of the pre-operative exam: $160
A: Our fee will range from $2200 to $4000 depending on which procedure is right for you. Our fee includes the surgery and all of your pre and post op. Our philosophy is simple: We offer the best technology and service we can at a reasonable price. There will be facilities out there that quote a lower price and those that quote higher prices but we want to offer you and your eyes the best care and technology and feel that can be done with the reasonable fees we charge.
A: Call us at Ada Vision Center at 336-2020.