Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if I’m a candidate for Laser Vision Correction?

A: This is the most asked LASIK question. We recommend you come in for a free evaluation with our refractive counselor. Our refractive counselor and staff will discuss your particular situation and help determine if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction. At Panhandle Laser Vision Institute, our goal is to provide you the vision procedure that is right for you!

Q: How long will the procedure actually take?

A: You will be at Panhandle Laser Vision Institute approximately two hours. The time in the surgery suite with Dr. Concool is 15 to 20 minutes. The actual laser treatment time is less than one minute per eye.

Q: Do you offer financing?

A: At Panhandle Laser Vision Institute, we understand that laser vision correction is an investment. We offer 24 months Interest Free financing. Please contact our surgery scheduler at 850-438-1277 to learn more.

Q: Can I wear my contacts before my surgery?

A: Depending on the type of your contact lenses and the shape of your cornea, your contacts should be removed prior to the exam. The amount of time will vary depending on the type that you wear. Dr. Concool will discuss this with you.

Q: How long will the effect of LASIK last?

A: In most cases, the treatment effect of laser vision correction is permanent. If there is something in your genetics that says your prescription will change in the future, having surgery now will not prevent that from occurring. In our experience, a change like this is very uncommon If necessary though, you may be able to be re-treated many years later should that occur.

Q: What are the risks?

A: As with any elective surgical procedure, there are risks associated with the laser vision correction procedure. Fortunately, the chances of having vision-reducing complications have been shown to be minimal. Millions of people have had excellent results from laser vision correction.

Some potential LASIK complications include conditions such as dry eyes, complications in making the corneal flap, night glare (halos), under- or over-correction and loss of best-corrected vision.

These risks will be discussed fully with you prior to the procedure, when you are asking all of your LASIK questions. Proper preoperative LASIK screening ensures that the surgeons only proceed with the procedure when it is medically advisable. You will also receive diligent post-operative care that helps identify and address any potential healing complications.

The best way to prevent LASIK complications is to choose a LASIK surgeon who is experienced and well respected in the community and in their field.