Everyone’s eyes are different. There are a lot of factors that contribute to vision problems that we may not be able to tell just by knowing your prescription. The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to come in for a complimentary consultation. Our highly trained staff will be able to run some simple tests to tell if you are a good candidate and which procedure will work best for you.
Z-LASIK technology has come a long way in the past few years. In the past, the corneal flap, the first step of the procedure, was performed by hand with a blade. Now with our all-laser Z-LASIK procedure, we use a laser to create the flap. It is much more precise and requires less corneal tissue. So, if you weren’t considered a candidate before, you may be able to have the procedure now. The best way to find out for sure is to come in for a complimentary consultation. Our highly trained staff can determine if this or any of our other procedures is right for you.
You must be at least 18 years old to have the procedure. It is also important that your vision has been stable for at least two years. Most of the time, this doesn’t happen until you are about 22 or 23 years old. When you are in your teens, your eyes are still growing. In order for you to have stable vision, you must maintain the same prescription for at least two years. When you come in for a complimentary consultation, we will be able to tell you if you are a candidate based on the stability of your eye.
You will be given drops to numb the eye before the procedure. Most patients report NO PAIN associated with their Z-LASIK procedure rather a mild pressure similar to gently pushing your forefinger into your arm. This procedure has been designed to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Yes. This type of procedure does not require anesthesia. Just remember that the whole procedure takes only minutes to perform, you will receive drops to numb the eye and minimize pain and we use the latest and safest technology available combined with an expert surgeon for a quick, precise procedure.
Most Z-LASIK patients can return to work the following day. A lot of patients prefer to have the procedure on a Friday so that they may take the weekend to rest and recover. With this type of procedure, downtime is minimal.
Once the procedure is complete, you will need someone to drive you home. Because of the eye drops, your vision will be blurry. We ask that you rest the remainder of the day giving your eyes the time it needs to recover. When you wake up the next day, you should see a dramatic improvement in your vision. You will meet with the doctor the day following the procedure. He will test your vision and make sure the healing process is on schedule. Many patients return to work that day. Over the course of the next few weeks, you will see a steady improvement in your vision.
After your procedure, your eyes will be sensitive and your vision will be blurry; you will need someone to take you home. We encourage that you rest the remainder of the day. You will notice an immediate improvement in your vision the next day. Over the course of the next few weeks, your vision should continue to improve.
Z-LASIK is considered a permanent correction, but it cannot stop the natural aging process. Most people start needing reading glasses to see near objects when they hit their 40s or 50s. This condition, called presbyopia, occurs when the lens in your eye becomes more rigid. You’ll start holding your menu farther away to see it or start squinting to see the computer screen. Presbyopia involves a different part of the eye than the conditions that cause you to have nearsightedness or farsightedness. So, if you have Z-LASIK procedure, you may still develop presbyopia. When you come in for your complimentary consultation, we can determine if Z-LASIK or a premium lens procedure is best for your vision.
All-laser Z-LASIK involves highly advanced laser vision correction technology. With all-laser Z-LASIK, we use a Ziemer femtosecond laser to perform the first step of the procedure, the creation of the corneal flap. In traditional LASIK, the corneal flap is created with a microkeratome blade. Through various clinical trials and testing, the Ziemer femtosecond laser laser has been proven to be safer and more accurate in creating the corneal flap than the blade used in traditional LASIK. Our surgeons use the VISX Star S4 Laser excimer laser to reshape the cornea. During your procedure, this laser is designed to increase accuracy, features a scanner feedback system for quality assurance and allows your surgeon more flexibility and control.
Cost is dependent on the amount of correction you need and the type of technology we use to give you optimal vision. By coming in for a complimentary consultation, our trained staff can accurately determine what type of technology is best suited for you. From there, we can establish how much your procedure will be and talk with you about our financing options. We will do everything we can to make your procedure as affordable as possible.
Our all-laser Z-LASIK procedure ranges from $1195 and $1695 per eye, which includes your prescriptions for the procedure and all pre-op and post-op visits. The cost of your procedure will depend on the amount of correction and the type of technology can give you optimal vision. By coming in for a complimentary consultation, our trained staff can accurately determine what type of technology is best suited for you. From there, we can establish how much your procedure will be and talk with you about our financing options. We will do everything we can to make your procedure as affordable as possible.
At North Columbus Eye, we offer a variety of technologies and procedures to help our patients achieve incredible vision. If you are not a candidate for Z-LASIK you may still be a right for a premium lens or permanent contact lens, called Active Life Lenses. The best way to find out is to come if for a complimentary consultation. We will be able to accurately determine which approach we need to take for your vision.