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Common Questions About LASIK

  1. Is LASIK painful?

You will remain awake and alert during the LASIK procedure. To block any sensations of pain from the lasers, we apply numbing eye drops. We can also provide relaxation medication to take the edge off, if you need it. Most patients do not describe LASIK as painful, but everyone experiences sensations differently. There is a sensation of pressure on the eye as Dr. Frank W. Boling, III, creates the corneal flap. As the eyes heal, we prescribe medicated eye drops or over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce any discomforts you may have.

  1. How long does LASIK take?

Imagine: just 20 minutes to clearer vision. It’s actually possible with LASIK! Plan on spending about 2 hours at our office on the day of your procedure; however, the actual LASIK procedure will only take 20 minutes. Most patients even leave our center seeing clearer than they have in years.

  1. What are the risks of LASIK?

Most LASIK complications can be avoided by first making sure your eye health is right for the procedure (our free LASIK Consultation) and then having the procedure performed by a highly experienced surgeon (like Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III). There is typically a 1% or less serious complication rate with experienced LASIK doctors, but it is still surgery and may result in:

  • Starbursts, glare or haloes in low light environments
  • Dry eyes
  • Overcorrection or undercorrection
  • Corneal flap complications
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Blurred vision
  1. What is the typical LASIK recovery?

Amazingly, most patients are able to return to work and non-strenuous activities the day after LASIK. Your corneal flap will begin to heal immediately after surgery, but it may take several months for your vision to completely stabilize. Your vision progress will be monitored at each follow-up appointment. If you have any concerns about your vision, don’t wait for your appointment; contact us immediately.

  1. Does LASIK guarantee I’ll never need glasses?

No doctor can guarantee 20/20 vision after LASIK – although most patients do achieve this level of vision. When most people reach age 40, they start to experience a different vision condition called presbyopia. Unlike the refractive error that created the need for LASIK, this is caused by the gradual stiffening of the eye lenses. So even if you had a successful LASIK procedure, you may start to need reading glasses as you grow older. At Bowden Eye & Associates we offer the Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay to reduce the frustrations of reading glasses. Contact us to learn more.

  1. What are the requirements for LASIK?

If you are considering LASIK, you will need a comprehensive exam to ensure you meet these requirements:

  • 18+ years old
  • Stable eyeglass prescription for 1+ years
  • No presence of eye disease
  • Proper corneal thickness
  • Good overall health
  • Full understanding of the potential risks

Our free LASIK Consultation will show if LASIK is a safe vision correction option for you.

  1. Why shouldn’t I choose a LASIK center on price alone?

The cost of LASIK is often an obstacle for people wanting clearer vision. Luckily, today there are 0% financing options to help you improve your vision now and pay for the procedure over time. This means you can choose a doctor you truly trust with your vision – and leave the cost obstacle out of the equation.

Choosing the lowest price LASIK isn’t always the best option if it means you are also sacrificing quality. Other centers may be able to offer cheap LASIK because:

  • The doctor does not have the extensive training, experience and results you expect
  • Lower level or outdated technology is used
  • They tack on additional hidden fees for services normally covered in the cost
  • Follow-up care is not provided by your surgeon

Eye surgery is definitely not something you want to skimp on or leave to chance.

  1. Is LASIK performed on 1 or both eyes?

This is your choice. You can elect to have the procedure done on 1 eye, wait for that eye to heal, then have the procedure done on the other eye. Bilateral LASIK is the term for having the procedure on both eyes on the same day. We can discuss the pros and cons of each method during your Consultation.

Find Out if LASIK in Jacksonville is Right for You

Schedule your free LASIK Consultation online or call our office at (904) 296-0098.

Our Locations


7205 Bonneval Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256


12341 Yellow Bluff Rd #4
Jacksonville, FL 32226


14810 Old St Augustine Rd #103
Jacksonville, FL 32258

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