At Northeastern Eye Institute, we believe that patient education is very important. The more you know about your eye condition and treatment options, the more likely you are to be an active participant in the creation of your treatment plan.
We've created this FAQ page to address some of the most common questions associated with several of our services. If you have additional questions, our ophthalmologists and optometrists can answer them during an in-person consultation.
Please call 800-334-2233 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
- LASIK FAQ
- Cataract Surgery FAQ
- Eyewear FAQ
- Sunwear FAQ
- Contact Lens FAQ
- Eye Exam FAQ
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What is LASIK?
LASIK is a procedure that reshapes your cornea with a laser in order to correct your vision. This procedure is highly effective at treating refractive vision errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
What is IntraLase-initiated LASIK (iLASIK)?
IntraLase-initiated LASIK uses the IntraLase Femtosecond laser to complete the first step of the LASIK procedure. This technology has significantly improved the safety and predictability of LASIK by replacing the hand-held oscillating microkeratome blade historically used in creating the corneal flap. The IntraLase laser has also been proven to provide for better than 20/20 visual outcomes, even among Custom/Wavefront patients. Today, the IntraLase laser is the technology of choice among the nation’s leading LASIK surgeons and ophthalmic teaching institutions.
What is Custom LASIK?
Custom LASIK generally refers to individualized visual diagnosis with technology called “wavefront,” which allows for customized, personalized treatment with the excimer laser. Many LASIK surgeons combine Custom treatments and IntraLase. In fact, new data reveals that the IntraLase laser helps Custom LASIK deliver on its promise of better visual outcomes beyond 20/20 to 20/15 and 20/12.5.
Is LASIK safe?
Yes. LASIK is one of the safest surgical procedures performed, and it has an extremely high success rate. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96% of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better.
How do the visual outcomes of iLASIK compare to traditional blade-initiated LASIK?
Clinical studies confirm that patients achieve better vision with IntraLase-initiated LASIK. Data shows:
- More patients achieve 20/20 or better vision with IntraLase-initiated LASIK.
- Patients stating a preference preferred the post-operative vision of their IntraLase-treated eye 3-to-1 over their blade-treated eye.
- IntraLase creates fewer high- and low-order aberrations, associated with night glare and halos.
- IntraLase patients have a reduced incidence of post-operative dry eye symptoms.
- IntraLase patients required fewer enhancement procedures following LASIK.
- The precision of the IntraLase flap significantly reduces the incidence of post-operative induced astigmatism as compared to a microkeratome-created flap.
What are the Risks of LASIK?
Complications associated with LASIK are extremely rare. However, all surgical procedures are associated with some degree of risk and LASIK is no exception. Potential complications may include:
- Dry eyes
- Over or under correction
- Glare and halos
- Flap complications
It's important to understand that by using the most advanced LASIK technology, you'll significantly improve the predictability and accuracy of your procedure, making these risks highly unlikely to occur.
Does LASIK hurt?
The procedure itself is painless. Patients may experience a slight pressure sensation during the procedure. Some patients may experience discomfort for a day or two following the procedure.
How do I know if I'm a candidate for LASIK?
In order to conclusively determine whether you're a LASIK candidate, you'll need to undergo an evaluation with one of our ophthalmologists. But in general, candidates for LASIK:
- Are over the age of 18
- Have a stable vision prescription for at least one year prior to surgery
- Have healthy corneas
- Would like to correct a refractive vision error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
- Have thick enough corneas to accommodate the creation of a LASIK flap
If our ophthalmologists determine that you're not an ideal LASIK candidate, you will most likely be able to undergo an alternative procedure that will achieve comparable results.
How much does LASIK cost?
Laser vision correction at Northeastern Eye Institute is very affordable. The price depends upon the procedure that our surgeon recommends. The price can start at $2,000 per eye. You can also take advantage of long-term patient financing or 0% financing. You will be provided further information about these financing options during your consultation. Financing is subject to credit approval.
Cataract Surgery FAQ
What are cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of your eye's natural lens. It is a common age-related vision condition, impacting approximately 91% of Americans over the age of 75. Over time, cataracts will become more advanced, causing your lens to become increasingly clouded. If left untreated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness. However, the condition is easily treated with surgery.
What does the cataract surgery procedure entail?
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Our ophthalmologists will make a small incision in your eye in order to remove your clouded natural lens and replace it with a clear, artificial intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is very safe and effective. At Northeastern Eye Institute, we offer laser cataract surgery which provides the highest levels of precision and accuracy available.
What are my IOL options?
At Northeastern Eye Institute, we offer a wide range of IOL options. Traditional IOLs are monofocal, which means they are only able to focus clearly at one distance. If you choose this IOL option, you will most likely still require glasses for near-vision tasks.
We also offer premium IOL options which can help you see clearly at multiple distances. The IOL you choose will play a significant role in the vision you achieve following cataract surgery. Some of the premium IOL options we offer include:
- Crystalens -- This IOL provides sharp, clear vision at multiple distances. The same muscles that are used to control the shape of your eye's natural lens will be used to help your new IOL focus clearly.
- ReSTOR -- ReSTOR also provides clear vision at all distances. However, it works differently than the Crystalens IOL. A series of concentric steps are built into the lens, each of which reacts differently to light. This allows the lens to focus at a variety of distances.
- Tecnis IOL -- The Tecnis IOL provides clear vision at a variety of distances and significantly improves night vision. You can experience up to a 53% improvement in contrast sensitivity in low light conditions with the Tecnis IOL.
- Toric IOL -- These IOLs are an excellent option if you need to correct for astigmatism.
How long does cataract surgery recovery take?
Recovery after cataract surgery is relatively minor. You'll need to rest at home for 2-3 days after surgery. Our ophthalmologists will give you eye drops to use for several weeks in order to facilitate proper healing.
You will generally start seeing an improvement in your vision within a few days of your procedure. Depending on the IOL used with your procedure, you may still require glasses for reading. In addition, if you have astigmatism and don't choose a Toric IOL that corrects for this condition, you'll still need glasses after surgery.
What are the risks associated with cataract surgery?
Cataract surgery is extremely safe and complications are very rare. However, there is a certain degree of risk associated with all surgical procedures. Potential complications from cataract surgery include:
How much does cataract surgery cost?
The cost of cataract surgery varies based on a variety of factors, including:
- The type of procedure you undergo (laser cataract surgery is more expensive than traditional cataract surgery)
- The type of IOL you choose
- Your insurance coverage
Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of traditional cataract surgery and standard IOLs. However, your plan may not cover the full cost of laser cataract surgery or premium IOLs. During your consultation, we'll discuss our financing options in order to ensure your procedure fits into your budget.
What eyewear options do you offer?
Northeastern Eyewear offers a large selection of frames. We have both high-end frames and more affordable options, ensuring we have a style that will be the right fit for your unique needs. Some of our eyewear options include:
- Revamped classic styles
- Avant-garde designs
- Designer logos
- Luxurious details and embellishments to give your glasses a unique look
What style of frame will look right for me?
The right style of frame for you will depend on the shape of your face. We always encourage you to choose a frame that complements the shape of your face and your other facial features:
- Round face -- Wider, more angular frames tend to look best and will help elongate your facial appearance.
- Oval face -- You'll want to choose a set of frames that won't dominate the rest of your facial features. Look for a style that is slightly wider than the broadest part of your face.
- Square face -- Wide set, rounded frames will help elongate your facial appearance and minimize strong angles.
- Oblong face -- Rounded frames or frames with emphasized horizontal lines will help widen and shorten the appearance of an oblong-shaped face.
- Heart-shaped face -- Frames with a wide base will help add width below the eye line and balance your forehead and chin regions.
- Triangular face -- Frames that are broader on top and narrower along the base will help widen the appearance of your forehead and soften angular lines along your face.
- Diamond face -- Just about any style of frame will work with a diamond-shaped face. It's best to choose a style that is slightly wider than the broadest region of your face.
I have a very high prescription and my lenses are thicker than I would like. Is there any way to make them thinner?
At Northeastern Eye Institute, we offer both high index and polycarbonate lenses which can accommodate a high prescription without adding thickness to your lenses. One of our opticians can help you select the lens option that is best for you.
My child needs glasses to see while playing sports. What are our options when choosing appropriate frames and lenses?
We offer athletic frames designed to stay on, fit comfortably, and remain durable during rigorous activity. Polycarbonate lenses are most often recommended for sports as they are light and strong, as well as scratch- and shatter-resistant.
I have a pair of glasses designated for almost every activity and environment (reading, driving, indoors, outdoors). Is there any way to get one pair of glasses that works for every situation?
Progressive and Transitions® lenses can provide you with the single pair of multipurpose glasses you are looking for. Progressive lenses provide smooth continuous vision correction from reading to distance, and a Transitions tint will darken and lighten lenses depending on lighting conditions.
Why do I need to wear sunglasses if it's not bright outside?
The sun's UV rays can damage your eyes in any light conditions, even on a cloudy day. Wearing sunglasses will provide your eyes with important protection from these harmful UV rays.
When are UV rays most likely to damage my eyes?
The sun is strongest between 10 am and 2 pm. While this is the peak time for UV ray damage, your eyes can still be impacted by UV rays any time you're outside while the sun is out. Glare and reflections can also damage your eyes, so you should wear sunglasses anytime you're out in the snow or near a body of water.
Will certain medical issues increase my risk of UV ray damage?
Yes. Cataracts, retinal dystrophies and macular degeneration can all make UV ray damage worse. Be even more careful if you have any of these conditions and always wear a good pair of sunglasses.
How do I choose the right sunglasses?
Your sunglasses should provide protection for your eyes and match your style. Look for sunglasses that provide 99-100% protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Whether you need high performance polarized lenses, comprehensive UV protection, or the latest fashions, we have a wide selection for you to choose from. With the help of a Northeastern Eye Institute optician, you are sure to find the sunglasses that fit your lifestyle and unique fashion sense.
Contact Lens FAQ
How long does it take to get used to wearing contact lenses?
Most people find that they adjust to wearing soft contact lenses right away. At the most, it may take a few days to get used to these lenses. However, it may take a couple of weeks for your eyes to adjust to wearing rigid gas permeable lenses or hybrid contact lenses.
Are contact lenses right for me?
Contact lenses can be worn with just about any prescription. They can also be used to correct just about any type of refractive vision error, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
At what age can children start wearing contact lenses?
Several studies have found that children can adapt to contact lenses as early as age 8. However, you must also factor the maturity of your child into the decision to let them try contacts. Does your child have good hygiene practices? Is your child responsible enough to properly care for contact lenses? If so, then you may want to consider allowing your child to wear contacts.
How do I care for contact lenses?
It depends on the type of contact lens you wear:
- Daily disposable soft contact lenses -- No care is involved. Wear them once and discard at the end of the day.
- Extended wear disposable soft contact lenses -- These should be removed at the end of the day and cleaned overnight by soaking in disinfecting solution. Depending on the type of extended wear lens you use, you may need to replace them weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
- Longer use soft contact lenses -- Some soft contact lenses can be worn for a much longer period of time (replacement only occurs quarterly or sometimes even annually). These contact lenses might also require the use of a weekly enzyme cleaner in addition to daily disinfecting.
- Gas permeable contact lenses -- These contact lenses last for years. They require daily cleaning and disinfecting, but their slick surface prevents the buildup of proteins and other deposits.
Eye Exam FAQ
How often should I get my eyes examined?
You should get your eyes examined each year to update your prescription and check for abnormalities. This is especially important as you get older in order to ensure age-related vision conditions are detected in their earliest stages.
What is included in my eye exam?
All eye exams conducted at Northeastern Eye Institute include:
- Compilation of your visual history, including your current visual state as well as primary and secondary visual complaints
- Visual acuity test
- Pupil response with a flashlight to test constriction or dilation of the pupil
- Lensometry to determine your eyeglass prescription
- Slit lamp exam to evaluate the external structures of the cornea
- Tonometry to measure your eye's intraocular pressure and test for glaucoma
- Ophthalmoscopy to examine retinal tissue, blood vessels and nerve function
- Visual fields test to examine the neurological function of your visual pathway
- Peripheral eye exam, conducted with an indirect ophthalmoscope and dilation drops
Contact our Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Eye Doctors
Please contact Northeastern Eye Institute using the form on this page or call 800-334-2233 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.