Dr. Jeffrey Liegner Answers Common LASIK Questions

Dr. Liegner Answers Questions About LASIK

I frequently hear common questions from prospective LASIK patients at Eye Care Northwest. We welcome your questions and want all patients to be well informed and comfortable throughout the LASIK process. Please feel free to call us for additional details or for a consultation.


Q: Which procedures are covered under my health insurance or Flex plan

A: Procedures considered “elective” are usually not covered under your health insurance. However, Flex plans typically cover most of our services. We will be happy to check with your insurance carrier or Flex plan to help determine what they will pay. We also have financing through Care Credit, which offers interest-free options.

Q: Does LASIK surgery hurt?

A: The surgery itself is virtually painless. There are no needles, rather anesthetic drops numb the eyes during the procedure and if needed you will be given something to help you relax. After surgery, patients go home, relax for the rest of the evening, and then usually return to their normal routine the next day. When I ask about their comfort level, most say they couldn’t believe how easy the whole experience was. Others feel some eye irritation, such as a foreign body sensation and itching for 12 to 24 hours. If you are concerned about pain, we can provide a prescription for pain relief.

Q: How long does LASIK surgery take?

A: You’ll be in our laser suite about fifteen minutes.  The actual laser treatment lasts less than two minutes per eye.

Q: Are there risks involved in having LASIK surgery?

A: Any surgery involves risks, however LASIK is the most common elective surgery in the world and very safe. When you come in for your consultation, we will review any particular risks we identify in your treatment so you are well informed.

Q: What if my eyes change after surgery?

A: You would need to make an appointment with me to determine the best option. This could include a LASIK touch-up enhancement, corrective contacts or glasses, or other possible surgical and non-surgical solutions.

Q: Can I wear contact lenses after having LASIK surgery?

A: Yes, but it is unlikely that you will need to wear contacts. The laser we use was selected for its ability to deliver vision beyond what you can achieve with glasses or contacts. Occasionally, corrections are needed for certain part-time activities and in these cases, glasses are usually chosen.

Q: How much experience do you have?

A: I’ve specialized in refractive eye surgery since 1995, and during that time I have performed many thousands of intraocular and corneal refractive surgery procedures, including the LASIK procedure for near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. I am also a Clinical Instructor of ophthalmology residents and medical students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark. You can read more about my experience and background here.

Q: How thorough is your pretreatment plan?

A: I believe extensive screening before treatment is crucial to gaining excellent outcomes. By considering all information about your eyes, we are able to make a very specific vision correction recommendation. I take a conservative approach; if there is doubt in my mind about a procedure being right for you, I will not recommend the procedure for you.

Q: What if I’m not a candidate for laser Eye surgery?

A: There are many new options for people who have been told they are not candidates for LASIK. First of all, if it’s been more than one year since you were evaluated, or you were seen elsewhere, you need a free evaluation at Eye Care Northwest to learn about excellent new choices. I am certified for every lens implant and multifocal IOL on the market. One of these may be right for you. The multifocal IOL is ideal for many people over 45 and those who need cataract surgery. You can learn more on the Lens Replacement page. Lens implants are typically for those who are very nearsighted or have thin corneas.

Q: Why should I trust my vision to Eye Care Northwest?

A: When I founded Eye Care Northwest, I made the decision to make this a top refractive surgical center of excellence. Everything from the climate-controlled surgical suite, to the latest and best technology is here to deliver the vision you’ve been waiting for. Because my specialty is refractive surgery, I do more of it than most ophthalmologists. My experience gives you an advantage before surgery, when we are determining the best procedure to meet your needs, and during surgery, when skill and precision matter the most. You’re going to count on your precious vision for the rest of your life. You deserve the excellence and attention to detail that you’ll find here.