What is LASIK?
LASIK, or "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis," is a specialized procedure to correct common vision problems, including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, and presbyopia.
Like other types of refractive surgery, the LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea, allowing the light that enters the eye to be properly focused on the retina for clearer vision. Patients benefit from improved vision and reduced (or eliminated) dependence on prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
- LASIK is the most popular laser eye surgery to correct common vision problems.
- The procedure is short, the recovery is quick, and the results are almost immediate.
- After LASIK, you could see with 20/20 vision.
Why you should choose Silk Vision for your LASIK eye surgery:
- We’ve been performing LASIK eye surgery for over 20 years
- Dr. Silk is a cornea specialist with advanced training in eye diseases
- We use the latest and most advanced technologies, including Contoura Vision
- Our eye care specialists are recognized and awarded as Top Doctors in the region
- Dr. Silk is a Diplomate of American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society, and the Refractive Surgical Alliance
- Silk Vision is not a LASIK factory – we take the time to get to know you and your eyes personally, so we can customize care just for you
- You’ll meet the surgeon on your very first visit
- Weekend appointments are available in our Annandale location
- You can use flexible spending or health saving accounts to pay for the procedure
SILK GIVES The Gift of Sight
We are working to eliminate preventable and curable blindness in under-resourced communities by donating a portion of proceeds from LASIK surgery to the Himalayan Cataract Project.
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Himalayan Cataract Project
Is LASIK right for you?
Take a quiz to find out if you’re a great candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
Frequently asked questions about LASIK eye surgery
We encourage our patients to ask many questions about LASIK eye surgery. We believe that patient education and transparency is crucial to ensuring a positive experience, and we are here to help our patients navigate the decision to get LASIK.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about LASIK and laser vision correction to help assist your journey to clearer vision. If you have inquiries for us that aren’t on this list, we encourage you to contact us or request an appointment.
What can I expect my vision to be like after LASIK?
At our center we will do everything we can to ensure you have a great come and seeing as well as possible. 98% of our patients achieve 20/20 vision or better which is far above the national average.
Does LASIK correct astigmatism?
Absolutely. Astigmatism is when the shape of the cornea is slightly uneven and LASIK is a great option to help correct this.
I have been told my eyes are dry and could not have LASIK. Is this correct?
Patients who have dry eyes should be treated first before undergoing LASIK. If a patient still has dryness despite undergoing treatment then we will not recommend LASIK but potentially another alternative such as Visian implantable contact lens (ICL).
I was told my cornea is too thin for LASIK is this true?
In order to safely undergo LASIK the cornea (i.e. the part of your eye that we will be operating on) needs to have a certain level of thickness. This is the one of the things we check during your evaluation with us.
If your cornea is too thin for LASIK, PRK or Visian implantable contact lens may be a better option for you.
What kind of laser technology does Silk Vision and Surgical Center use?
We offer all laser LASIK also know as blade less LASIK. These lasers are very precise and accurate. The lasers, like cell phones, are frequently updated and we use the most current and advanced technology on the market.
How long does LASIK correction last?
LASIK eye surgery will last many years and possibly the entire life for the majority of patients. In a small percentage of patients (5-10%) they may need a LASIK re-treatment or touch up to help to return their excellent vision.
Does age matter? Am I too old or too young for LASIK?
The FDA requirements are that the patient be 18 years or older for LASIK. The ideal age is over 21 years as the eye is mature and is less likely to change in shape.
Also the most common age group that undergoes LASIK are patients 40 years and older. We use a technique called monovision that helps reduce their need for glasses/contact lenses for both far away and near vision.
I was told I was not a good candidate in the past, can I still get screened for LASIK?
Yes. The technology and information we have today has changed significantly from the past 5-10 year. If you were told in the past that LASIK is not for you I would recommend considering being evaluated again as technology has changed and you may be a good candidate.
Are there financial options available to me at Silk Vision and Surgical Center?
Yes. We do offer payment plans through CareCredit and some of the plans are interest free.
Is there pain or discomfort during LASIK surgery?
Most patients are very comfortable during the surgery. We do place a drop of topical anesthetic to the eye to help with comfort and I carefully explain to patients how they are doing during the surgery.
The combination of the eye drop as well as the re assurance from me that they are doing well is all that is needed for our patients.
Is LASIK surgery safe?
Yes! LASIK surgery is a very safe procedure. In fact, the U.S. Military relies on LASIK surgery to prepare and safeguard our troops. It is also a regular procedure among law enforcement professionals.
Our state-of-the-art LASIK technology
We use tools that are at the cutting edge of laser technology, designed with precision and efficiency in mind.
WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser
The WaveLight® Refractive Suite is the fastest refractive surgery platform available in the U.S. and the EX500 Excimer Laser is the only excimer laser to operate at 500 Hz. This allows Silk Vision to dramatically enhance the precision, reliability, and safety of the laser vision correction procedure.
Contoura Vision provides our patients with the latest in topography-guided LASIK. The Contoura Vision system allows Dr. Silk to provide a fully personalized LASIK experience by providing measurements and data specific to the patient’s eyes, which are then used to skillfully map the LASIK procedure.
How Much Does LASIK Vision Correction Cost?
The Real Cost of Lasik Surgery: What to Know & How to Make the Best Decision for Your Eye Health
While LASIK has been an available option for vision correction for over 20 years, there can be some confusing information about how much the procedure can cost you. With bargain prices like $250 per eye vs. thousands of dollars per eye, how can you tell which LASIK service provider to trust?
Low-cost LASIK providers often only cover minor vision corrections, and don’t offer adequate aftercare services for their patients. Having LASIK done is an investment in your eye health, and you want to make sure it’s a good one. While the cost might seem steep, it is a one-time expense that includes everything from pre-surgery care, the operation itself, and any aftercare service examinations which may be cheaper in the long run compared to topenses like glasses, contacts, and other supplies should you not have LASIK surgery.
The price of LASIK depends on numerous factors, which include your individual prescription, corneal thickness, pupil size, overall eye health, and the safest laser technology option to correct your vision. Most insurance companies consider LASIK and other corrective laser eye surgeries to be an elective procedure, so it is not typically covered by medical insurance. Although, there are certain circumstances where it may be, so we encourage you to talk with your health insurance provider.
Learn About Silk Vision & Surgical Center
Trusted eye physicians and surgeons in Northern Virginia
Silk Vision & Surgical Center specializes in the health and wellness of your eyes. We serve the entire Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area from three convenient locations, and our caring team is extensively trained to deliver exceptional, personalized treatment for all your eye care needs.
Every patient is unique – that’s why we take the time to make a thorough examination before reviewing all the options available to you. We collaborate with you on your health, so that we can move forward with not only the best treatment, but with the best treatment for you.