LASIK FAQs: What Michigan Residents Should Know

Before the LASIK Procedure

Who Is a Candidate?

LASIK candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have a stable prescription for at least one year, and have good general and eye health. 

Patients with thin or abnormally shaped corneas, unstable vision, or who are nursing or pregnant will not qualify for LASIK. However, there may be alternatives that can deliver nearly the same results. Contact us for a FREE LASIK Consultation to learn more.

What Vision Condition Does LASIK Correct?

LASIK can correct several vision problems related to:

Are There Risks?

Every surgery comes with some risk of complications. However, LASIK is one of the most successful eye procedures available. There is a less than one percent chance of problems arising from your LASIK surgery. 

How Much Does LASIK Cost?

The cost of LASIK can vary from $1,000-$4,000 per eye. However, MEI does offer payment programs that make getting vision correction more affordable. Find out how much you could pay for LASIK here.

Does Insurance Cover LASIK

Unfortunately, many insurance providers will not cover the cost of LASIK. However, we offer affordable payment options for our patients and some vision plans offer significant discounts. You can also use your tax-free HSA or FSA dollars to cover LASIK. Find more info here.

What Happens During LASIK

How Does LASIK Work

Before the surgery, we’ll evaluate your eyes to ensure this is the right solution for you. After confirming your candidacy, we’ll schedule your LASIK surgery.

Our skilled surgeons will use cutting-edge technology during the procedure to reshape your cornea, the clear front part of the eye. It only takes about a minute to correct vision in both eyes, and most patients notice clearer vision by the next day.

Can You Blink During LASIK?

No, you cannot blink during LASIK. A small device will be used to prevent your eyes from blinking, so rest assured knowing you will not have to worry about keeping them open. Your surgeon will apply numbing drops to your eyes before the surgery to help as well.

Before the LASIK Procedure

LASIK Recovery Time

Most patients begin noticing improvement in their vision within 24 hours of the LASIK surgery. As the weeks go by, your vision will steadily improve, and your vision will stabilize. Recovery is typically comfortable for most patients, but you may notice some eye irritation immediately following the procedure. With a good nap, it should go away.

Are LASIK Results Permanent?

For most patients, their clear vision results will last a lifetime.

What Are the Do’s and Don’ts After LASIK?


  • Resume normal activities (driving, using a computer, working) after a day or two
  • Schedule and attend a follow-up appointment
  • Wear sunglasses outdoors or in light-sensitive situations
  • Use lubricating eye drops if necessary


  • Don’t splash water directly in your eyes or go swimming for at least two weeks
  • Don’t wear eye makeup for at least a week
  • Don’t exert yourself in a way that could strain your eyes for at least a week
  • Don’t bend over or put your head in a position that may put pressure on your eyes for at least a week

Ready To Find Out if You Are a Candidate? Book a Free LASIK Consultation

Are you ready to experience better vision and excellent care? Then it’s time to book your no-obligation consultation with MEI.