The Eye Institute has been performing LASIK in Rapid City, SD, for over two decades. LASIK, or Laser-Assisted Stromal In-situ Keratomileusis, is an outpatient procedure that utilizes cool ultraviolet light to precisely reshape the cornea to correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism – all known as refractive errors. This procedure has become so popular that it is the number one elective procedure in the U.S.A, bringing a clear vision to more than 10 million people in this country alone.
We offer free LASIK consultations in Rapid City, SD and at our satellite clinic in Gillette, WY. On the day of your free consultation, you will meet with our Laser Vision Center Director, Dr. Scott Schirber and our dedicated LASIK team who will perform a variety of tests to confirm if you are a good candidate for surgery or not. We will explain your options at this time and provide you with a cost sheet so you can make the best decision for you and your lifestyle. If you have astigmatism, you are most likely to still be a candidate for LASIK.
Most patients report that LASIK is not painful. However, everyone has a different threshold for discomfort so your experience may be different. You can expect a feeling of pressure on the eye during the corneal flap step. The numbing eye drops we place into your eyes prior to your procedure can help minimize discomfort and pain. The first 4-6 hours after surgery your eyes may feel gritty or like you have an eyelash in your eye. As your eyes heal you may also feel slight discomfort; medicated eye drops, or over-the-counter pain medications may provide you with relief.
No. Different surgeons use different technologies. You should demand an all-laser or blade-free LASIK for your eyes. LASIK discount centers may offer outdated technology and less experienced surgeons. Don’t let price dictate which LASIK center you choose. Trust your eyesight to an experienced doctor using advanced technologies.
It is unlikely that you will need glasses after LASIK. The typical person aged 18 to 40 will not need prescription glasses at all. After age 40, the natural lens typically starts to lose flexibility, causing the need for reading glasses to see up close. This condition is called presbyopia and it eventually happens to all people. If you are considering LASIK and hope to avoid reading glasses, ask about a procedure called monovision.
The average cost of LASIK performed in the United States is $2,100 per eye. At the Eye Institute, we offer multiple pre- and post-operative packages to better suit our patient’s needs. Our total price may be more or less than $2,199 per eye depending on what you choose as each package is priced differently. At your free evaluation, we will give you detailed pricing information, so you can choose what fits your needs the best. Financing is available through CareCredit, and monthly payments can be as low as $87.50 per eye a month.
Not all patients are good candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas or other conditions. The Eye Institute offers the following procedures as an alternative: