Frequently Asked Questions




Where is the LASIK Surgery Center located?

Our LASIK surgery center is located at 12601 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141.  Just west of 270, across from Barnes Jewish Hospital.


How do I know if I am a good candidate for LASIK Eye Surgery?

A large percentage of nearsighted, farsighted, and astigmatic patients are potential candidates for LASIK. A patient must be 18 years or older, have healthy eyes that are free from retinal problems, corneal scars, and any eye diseases. Along with being medically suitable, the best candidates are people with a lifestyle or occupation in which they are dissatisfied with their contact lenses or glasses. The best way of knowing if you are a good candidate is to visit Crown Laser Center for a FREE No Obligation Consultation. Our doctors will determine if you are a good candidate by performing a comprehensive evaluation and complete eye exam.


How long does lasik take?

LASIK is performed as an office procedure in the comfort and convenience of our advanced surgery center. The entire treatment takes about 7 to 10 minutes per eye or approximately 18 minutes for both eyes.


Is lasik Eye Surgery permanent?

Yes. Following an initial healing period of two to three months, the effect of the treatment is life-long.


Will I need reading glasses after the treatment?

Generally, patients under 40 years of age read well without glasses following the treatment. Patients over 40 may need magnification for reading fine print. Presbyopia is the term that refers to the natural weakening of the focusing muscles that occurs in our early to mid 40s, causing us to need the magnification that reading glasses provide.  We also will be glad to discuss another option called monovision.


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

Most patients are usually seen the day following the treatment and then at least 1 month and 3 months following the treatment. Some patients require more visits. Remember, we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions, concerns or if our patients need special attention.


Does lasik hurt?

The LASIK treatment itself is painless. The doctor will put a few numbing drops in the patient’s eyes to make the procedure even more comfortable. Some pressure will be felt on and around the eye during the treatment, but the patient will not experience pain.


Will I experience pain after the lasik treatment?

With LASIK, some patients may experience a feeling of burning or scratchiness. There may also be a decrease in the normal amount of lubricant in their eye a day after treatment. The doctor will prescribe an artificial tear lubricant after surgery to help replace the eye’s natural moisture. In most cases, patients feel fine if they take it easy or nap right after the treatment.


When can I drive after the treatment?

Patients will need to arrange a ride for the day of surgery. We do NOT want the patient to drive the day of treatment. After that, the patient may drive when they feel confident that their vision and eye condition will allow safe driving.


How soon after surgery will I see well?

Each patient is different. The eye drop medications cause some blurring, but most patients notice a dramatic improvement even as they leave the office. LASIK is a remarkable medical advancement that allows most patients to go from 20/400 — or even 20/1000 — to 20/20 the day following surgery. After LASIK surgery, more than 4 out of 5 patients can pass a driving test without glasses or contact lenses.


When can I go back to work?

Most patients are back to work full-time the day after treatment. An additional day or two is rarely needed before returning to work. If possible, we recommend that you take it easy for a couple of days.


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

We can arrange affordable monthly payments in order to help you afford LASIK. As compared with eyeglasses and contact lenses, LASIK can pay for itself in a few years time. Eyeglasses usually have to be replaced every one or two years and contact lenses, depending on the brand, can be extremely costly. Speak with one of our Laser Surgery Representatives to learn about our financing information. We give discounts to members of virtually all insurance companies. Also, many companies offer Medical Flex Spending Accounts. These plans allow patients to place a specific amount of pre taxed dollars into an account for medical procedures.  The patient should contact their companies human resources department to find out more information on Medical Flex Spending Accounts.


Is lasik covered by insurance?

LASIK is considered an elective procedure and is generally not covered by insurance. However, we do provide discounts to members of the following healthcare plans: Mercy, Essex, UnitedHealthCare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthLink, and GHP.

 

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