Frequently Ask Questions

Am I a candidate for laser vision correction?

We can treat almost anyone in good health, wears glasses or contact lenses, and has no eye disease such as glaucoma or cataracts. At the consultation with one of our physicians, we will confirm whether you are a good candidate, explain the procedure, and answer your questions. The doctor will also explain the results you can reasonably expect and inform you of the risks. To schedule a free screening, please call 212-342-3746.

Is the laser vision correction procedure painful?

Anesthetic eye drops are used just before surgery begins. Almost all patients describe no pain or discomfort during the actual surgery. Most LASIK patients describe the six hours following surgery as slightly uncomfortable, as if there is a foreign body or irritation. PRK patients may experience discomfort for a couple of days.

When can I go back to work?

Most patients can return to work within three days of the procedure. There are very few restrictions on activity during the immediate post-operative period.

What kind of results can I expect?

Quality and safety are our primary concerns. Better than 98% of our patients see well enough to drive without glasses after treatment. These results are better than the national clinical FDA trial data. Patients over age 40 may still need to wear reading glasses following the surgery. At Columbia Vision Correction, you will always be examined and treated by one of our board-certified ophthalmologists.