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  • What is LASIK surgery?
    There are different types of LASIK procedures designed for the correction of vision without the hassle of glasses or the risks of contact lenses. Just as your eyes are unique, there are different types of LASIK eye surgery treatments to fit your individual situation. Click here to learn more
  • What is Traditional LASIK?
    LASIK laser surgery (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is the most frequently performed laser vision correction procedure. A skilled surgeon using a precise, computer-generated cold excimer laser beam creates a thin, hinged flap in top surface layer of eye’s cornea, and this flap is folded back. Then laser ablation is performed in the underlying layers of the cornea. The goal of having LASIK laser surgery is to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for everyday activities, sports, swimming and driving.
  • What is PRK LASIK?
    PRK, or photorefractive keratectomy laser eye surgery, is similar to traditional LASIK surgery in that a skilled surgeon performs the procedure using a computer-generated, cold laser beam to precisely remove and sculpt corneal tissue at the microscopic level. However, PRK may be a better alternative for patients with certain eye conditions because instead of creating a hinged corneal flap, the outermost layer of the cornea (the epithelium) is polished to allow the excimer laser access to its underlying layers to correct vision. The goal of having PRK LASIK laser surgery is to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts for everyday activities, sports, swimming and driving. For more in-depth information about PRK LASIK click here.
  • How do Traditional LASIK and PRK LASIK work?
    Traditional and PRK LASIK laser eye surgery work by reshaping the curvature of the cornea. This changes the way light travels through the cornea to the retina—the back of the eye—so that light rays focus more precisely on it, allowing the vision in the treated eye to be in better focus. The result is sharper, clearer vision.
  • What is Monovision Blended Focus LASIK?
    The Monovision blended focus laser surgery procedure is similar to traditional and PRK LASIK surgery, in that a skilled surgeon performs the procedure using a computer-generated, cold laser beam is used to precisely remove and sculpt corneal tissue at the microscopic level. However, with this procedure, the dominant eye is corrected for distance focus and the second eye for near focus. Monovision allows a patient to see both distant and near images without glasses or contacts by having blended visual focal points. The goal of having Monovision LASIK is to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses for most day-to-day activities like driving and reading. For more in-depth information about Monovision Blended LASIK click here.
  • Can LASIK correct all vision problems?
    No, LASIK laser surgery can’t correct all vision problems. Traditional and PRK LASIK correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and Monovision LASIK allows patients to have clear near and distant vision without glasses or contacts.
  • How do I schedule a complimentary initial Limberg LASIK consultation?
    Simply fill out and submit the online form at the bottom of this page, or call 1-805-595-3937. A Limberg LASIK eye specialist coordinator will contact you as soon as possible to arrange your appointment.
  • What happens at my complimentary, initial Limberg LASIK consultation?
    • For your initial LASIK consultation, plan to be at Limberg LASIK for approximately 2 to 3 hours for special tests to measure and evaluate your eyes. • Before your scheduled consultation, we will ask you to refrain from wearing your contact lenses for a while. • Your medical and mental wellness history will be taken and you will be asked if think you may be or are pregnant or nursing or have been either in the last three months. • Your eyes may be dilated in preparation for a detailed eye exam that assesses refractive error, pupil size, corneal health and more. • Dr. Limberg will have an in-depth discussion with you about laser eye surgery to help determine whether you may or may not be a candidate for LASIK. • LASIK fees and what they cover (based on your custom vision evaluation and overall health), insurance, and financing options will be reviewed. • Dr. Limberg and his team will answer any additional questions you have about LASIK.
  • How much does LASIK cost?
    Limberg LASIK makes laser vision correction affordable and convenient. At your complimentary, initial Limberg LASIK consultation, fees and what they cover options (based on your custom vision evaluation and overall health), insurance, and financing options are reviewed. On average, LASIK can range from $1,500 to $3,000 per eye.
  • Is LASIK right for me?
    • The best way to determine if you are a candidate for laser vision correction is with a complimentary, initial consultation at Limberg LASIK. Approved LASIK candidates are at least eighteen years of age, and most fall between the ages of twenty and forty. They have good overall and eye health and have had a stable eye prescription for twelve months. • Pregnant or nursing women are not candidates for LASIK surgery. Hormones associated with both can cause vision instability. Women are advised to wait for a minimum of three menstrual cycles after nursing has been discontinued before having refractive surgery. • If you have chronic dry eye, LASIK surgery could end up worsening the condition. Dry eye after LASIK is a common side effect, affecting more than 50 percent of patients. • If you have an underlying eye condition, you are probably ineligible for LASIK. Common eye conditions like keratoconus, cataracts or glaucoma are factors when it comes to LASIK. Part of your initial LASIK consultation includes a thorough evaluation of your eye and general medical health and mental wellness history to ensure that you are a fit for the procedure. • Serious conditions like autoimmune disorders and diabetes will likely rule you out as a candidate. Similarly, any condition that could inhibit proper healing might affect eligibility. • Additional concerns that may not rule you out as a candidate, but should be discussed with your eye doctor include back problems, claustrophobia and mental health issues. Part of your initial LASIK consultation includes a thorough evaluation of your eye and general medical health and mental wellness history to ensure that you are a fit for the procedure. • If you are deemed ineligible for LASIK surgery, there may be other vision correction options better suited for you. Dr. Limberg can discuss your options at your complimentary, initial Limberg LASIK consultation.
  • Is LASIK safe?
    Laser vision correction surgery complications are rare. The risk of complications is less than 1% overall. When deciding to undergo LASIK surgery, be sure to do your research. Choose an experienced LASIK surgeon who is well respected, and be sure to have a list of questions to ask about the procedure when you have your initial consultation. Dr. Limberg is a globally recognized expert in vision eye surgery and care. He was the first physician to bring LASIK to the California Central Coast and has successfully performed the laser vision correction procedure over twenty thousand times since 1995.
  • Is LASIK painful?
    Many Limberg LASIK patients comment on how surprised they are not feeling pain with their LASIK surgery. To help you relax before surgery, you may be prescribed a mild sedative, and local anesthetic eye drops will fully numb your eyes before LASIK eye surgery begins. During the laser correction surgery, you may feel a slight pressure sensation around your eye, but there is no pain. After your laser eye surgery, you may feel minor eye irritation for a few hours, but most patients are comfortable after a short nap. You will be prescribed eye drops for comfort and healing in the days following your surgery.
  • Can both eyes be treated at the same time?
    Yes. In fact, most patients find it more convenient to have both eyes treated on the same day.
  • Will I be awake during the LASIK eye surgery procedure?
    Yes, you’ll be awake during the procedure. You’ll be lying down comfortably with your eyelids gently held in place and your head supported to remain still for the short time it takes to complete the procedure on both eyes.
  • How long does the LASIK procedure take?
    The LASIK procedure usually takes between 5 to 15 minutes, but the entire process, including preoperative and postoperative care, takes a few hours. You will also be asked to return the same day in the afternoon for a surgery follow-up exam.
  • How soon after the LASIK procedure can I resume normal activities?
    here are some minimal restrictions in the first weeks following laser surgery, but many LASIK patients can resume normal activities the following day. Vision correction results from LASIK surgery are typically rapid, with some patients seeing clearly 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Further vision improvement may continue over several months. Your doctor will recommend avoiding certain activities, like swimming or contact sports, for several weeks.
  • Will I have 20/20 vision after LASIK?
    LASIK corrects the common vision problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but it is not suitable for everyone, nor can anyone guarantee perfect 20/20 vision. Limberg LASIK patients consistently report they are satisfied with the results of their laser eye correction surgery and that they can drive, play sports, and watch TV without glasses or contact lenses as they expected. “According to the 2016 Modern LASIK Outcomes study, 99.5% of eyes saw 20/40 or better after LASIK. 20/40 vision means nearsighted, but only slightly.” Eyes with 20/40 vision will see things clearly at twenty feet, whereas eyes with 20/20 vision will see clearly at forty feet.
  • Will I need reading glasses after LASIK?
    The need for reading glasses is an age-related change. Having laser vision correction does not change this. Traditional and PRK LASIK vision correction reduces or eliminates the need for distance glasses.
  • How long does LASIK vision correction last?
    The distance vision correction is fairly permanent following LASIK. However, some age-related changes will occur regardless of whether or not you had LASIK surgery, like the need for reading glasses (usually in middle age) due to presbyopia. This is a visual condition that becomes apparent with the inability to focus sharply for near vision.
  • Will Dr. Limberg perform my LASIK procedure?
    Yes, Dr. Limberg will be your LASIK surgeon. Matthew Swann, medical/surgical assistant and certified laser technician, assists Dr. Limberg at the surgery center.
  • What is Dr. Limberg’s LASIK surgical experience?
    Dr. Limberg has been at the forefront of research, development and surgical procedures in LASIK medical science and technology since his days as an integral team member in the first LASIK laser-assisted surgery in 1988. Click here to learn why you can be confident in choosing Dr. Limberg for your LASIK eye surgery.
  • What are the side effects and risks of LASIK?
    Temporary side effects following laser vision correction can include dryness of the eyes, sensitivity to light, or halos at night. Glares or halos at night usually resolve within a few weeks. Night vision disturbances associated with imperfections in the eye before LASIK can now be reduced or eliminated with Custom (wavefront) technology. During the healing process, dry eyes are easily treated with artificial tears to keep the surface of your eyes moist. Sunglasses are advised when outdoors following eye surgery to reduce light sensitivity and protect your eyes. As with all elective surgical procedures, there is the risk of infection and long-term risks, which vary by individual. The long-term risks of LASIK include dry eyes, fluctuating and/or blurred vision, difficulty seeing at night, glare, halos or double vision around lights, reduced quality of vision, overcorrection or undercorrection, astigmatism, corneal ectasia and corneal flap complications. The risks of long-term, vision-reducing complications are minimal (1%). It's important to understand that alterations made to the cornea are not reversible after surgery. Dr. Limberg and his staff can provide additional information about the side effects and risks of LASIK and answer questions at your initial consultation.
  • Who should I call if I’m having a medical issue related to a LASIK procedure?
    If you have a serious or sudden loss of vision, eye injury or life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. If this is not an emergency situation, please call Limberg LASIK at 1-805-595-3937, and a Limberg LASIK specialist will help you.
  • How do I contact Limberg LASIK?
    Phone: 805-541-8710 Office and Mailing Address: Limberg LASIK 1270 Peach St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93458 Email Address: Please fill out our contact form along with your message to us and submit it.

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