Frequently Asked Questions
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Elizabeth A. Ryan, O.D.

Frequently asked questions

Q: I presently wear glasses just to read. Will LASIK fix my reading vision?
A: No, LASIK is designed to correct your distance vision. A treatment termed monovision can be performed on some patients who need both distance and near glasses. This procedure will correct one eye for distance viewing and one eye for near viewing. That should be discussed with your Dr. ahead of time.

Q: What if I can't keep my eye open during the procedure?
A: The eye that is being treated is held open by a speculum, a device that separates and holds open your eyelids.

Q: Does LASIK hurt?
A: The excimer laser itself creates no pain. Often patients are uncomfortable during the flap making process when a speculum is used to hold the eye wide open. Patients also may feel a "pressure" while the flap is being made. Other patients report very little discomfort.

Q: When can I go back to work?
A: The day you have the procedure done you will be instructed to go home and rest. The next day, you will have a post-op exam. Most patients also take this day off. By day three most people are back to work. And certainly by days 4 and 5.

Q: Once LASIK is done how long will the treatment be effective?
A: LASIK is a permanent change to the shape of the cornea. After the healing process is complete and the eyes stabilize, your LASIK treatment will be a permanent visual change.

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Elizabeth A. Ryan, O.D.

1132 Westfield Street
West Springfield, Massachusetts 01089
Tel: 413.781.6352
Fax: 413.781.0222
334 Walnut Street EXT
Agawam, Massachusetts 01001
Tel: 413.789.0031