Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself does not cause pain because the eye
is numbed with topical anesthetic drops applied to the eye
prior to surgery. After the anesthetic wears off, you may
feel some discomfort from negligible to something like wearing
your contact lenses too long. For most, the mild discomfort
is resolved in the first few hours after surgery.
Do I need to take time off from work?
This will depend upon your unique healing and the type of
work you do. The majority of people can return to work within
When will I be able to drive?
This varies in individual patients, but most can return
to driving by the next day.
Will I still need glasses?
For the majority of patients, Refractive surgery does not
eliminate the need for reading glasses as we grow older. We
normally lose the ability to focus after age 45 which is referred
to as Presbyopia. Since laser refractive surgery corrects
most people for distance vision, as they become presbyopic,
they will normally need reading glasses.
Is Blindness possible?
This would be extremely rare but not impossible. Any surgical
procedure of the eye can potentially cause loss of vision,
even blindness. For example, an infection after surgery could
be very serious. We take extra precautions such as using sterile
disposable equipment, antibiotics and careful follow-up of
the patients during the immediate post op period to watch
and, if needed, treat potential complications.
What is the cost of the surgery?
Our surgery is performed at the TLC Laser Eye Center in
Plymouth Meeting. The all- inclusive fee for both eyes includes
pre-operative care, surgical fees, and all post-operative
follow-up for one full year. For eligible candidates, TLC
offers a lifetime commitment for distance vision. There are
few insurances that will cover this elective procedure. Call
to speak with our director of Laser Vision Services, Emily
Ciappa, at 215-396-4205 for more details.
How can I pay for the procedure?
While payment is due in full the day of the procedure by
cash, certified check or credit card, one can take advantage
of TLC’s 0% payment plan option which allows payment
interest free for up to 18 months!
Why Do People Want Refractive Surgery?
Dependence on glasses or contact lenses has excluded many
otherwise qualified persons from certain occupations. Police,
firefighters, aviators, careers in the military, etc...-all
have minimum standards for uncorrected vision. The lives of
those having less regulated occupations too-like the building
trades, technicians, clerical and sales persons-are simplified
if glasses or contact lenses are no longer necessary. Recreational
and avocational pursuits should be pleasant diversions from
everyday stress. Hobbies and sports are made more enjoyable
for many people who have limited their participation in such
activities based upon their dependence on eyeglasses or contact
lenses. The impact of refractive surgery on one's lifestyle
can be truly dramatic. Yearning for unrestricted freedom and
seeking enhanced self-esteem-each may be satisfied through
eliminating the need for, or simply lessening dependence on,
corrective lenses. Refractive surgery can lift barriers and
lift spirits. It will change the way you see the world and,
quite possibly, the way you see yourself.