Dr. W. Scott Lohner
Scott Lohner, M.D.
Dr. Justin Wilkinson
Justin Wilkinson, M.D.

W. SCOTT LOHNER, M.D. is extensively trained in ophthalmology and specializes in laser refractive and cataract surgery. He started performing LASIK shortly after its FDA approval.

Having served thousands of patients with all types of eye diseases, he finds his greatest satisfaction by helping patients lose their dependence on glasses and in restoring vision that was previously lost.

Read More...

JUSTIN T. WILKINSON, M.D. is a fellowship-trained subspecialist in the field of cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery. He specializes in cornea transplants, laser vision correction including LASIK, advanced cataract surgery, and ocular surface diseases and infections.

He also provides general ophthalmology care including the management of trauma, glaucoma, diabetes, and more.

Read More...

Excel Eye Center - Provo
LASIK FAQs type header

LASIK Eye Frequently Asked LASIK Questions

Q. Can LASIK help me?

A. If you wear glasses or contacts for better vision but find them a nuisance or an impediment to a freer lifestyle, LASIK may be for you. Typically, people who are at least 21 years old with a prescription that has not changed for one year are good candidates for LASIK.

Q. What will I need to do prior to surgery to get my eyes ready for LASIK?

A. We ask out patients who wear contacts to switch to wearing only their glasses prior to surgery. The length of time out of your contacts will vary from one to six weeks depending on the type of contacts you wear. Over time, contacts change the shape of the eye. A break from contacts allows the eyes to resume their natural shape before surgery.

Q. What kind of medication will I be given before and after the surgery?

A. The only medication used before surgery is local anesthesia which is painlessly administered through eye drops. Most patients take a mild over-the-counter pain reliever and use both artificial tears and antibiotic eye drops after surgery to keep eyes moist and free from infection.

Q. Will it hurt?

A. Because the laser is, in actuality, simply a ray of light, you won't even feel it working. You may experience some mild discomfort or pressure while the eye is being prepped for surgery, but this is very minimal thanks to the anesthesia eye drops.

Q. What if I move my eye while the laser is working?

A. Many people worry about the implications of moving their eyes during the surgery. However, the state-of-the-art laser is able to track the eye movements and stop immediately if a patient moves off the target. Once you are back in position the laser’s memory allows it to re-engage exactly where it stopped. Again, an experienced surgeon will be able to handle this situation with skill and confidence.

Q. Will I lose my eyelashes?

A. This is one of many LASIK myths. LASIK does not harm the skin surrounding the eye or the facial features in any way.

Q. Could I lose my eyesight?

A. This is nearly impossible if you go to a surgeon who is certified and experienced when it comes to performing LASIK. The risk of having a serious vision-threatening complication with refractive surgery is very small.

Q. Is it better to have a bolted or moveable laser?

A. Having the laser remain stationary and permanently located in a room with stable temperature and humidy allows the surgeon to better meet strict operating standards for laser calibration and usage. While both options are safe and successful, Excel has chosen to use a fixed laser for increased convenience for patients in scheduling their surgery dates, and to further ensure good outcomes.

Q. Will my eye look different after the procedure?

A. Because the laser only removes tissue of a thickness less than that of a human hair, you won’t notice any difference in the way your eyes look. Most likely the only difference you’ll notice is the pleasant absence of glasses or contacts!

Q. How soon after surgery can I expect to see results?

A. The results of LASIK are immediate. Many patients walk away from surgery never again to be bothered with corrective lenses. They can drive a car, play sports, swim, and do almost anything else with their natural sight within a week of surgery.

Q. What side effects should I expect?

A. In the hours or days following the LASIK procedure, you may notice a few normal side effects including temporary burning or itching sensations, vision fluctuations, increased light sensitivity, halos or glare. These side effects are typically mild and dispel rapidly over the weeks following LASIK.

Q. How much time will I need to take off work?

A. The typical LASIK patient can return to work between 24 and 48 hours after the procedure.

Q. I’ve heard enhancements can be done if the desired results aren't achieved the first time. Is this true?

A. Enhancements can be done three months following the initial LASIK procedure to fine tune a patient’s vision improvement. However, most patients do not require enhancements.

Q. What risks are associated with LASIK?

A. Risks associated with LASIK include the small risk of infection, complete removal of the cornea flap, a need for additional operations (“enhancements”), or a need for repositioning of the cornea flap to eliminate wrinkles. Complications such as these are rare, however, and are less common when your surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon.

Q. How long will it take my prescription to stablize after the procedure?

A. Visual stability usually occurs three to four weeks following the procedure.

Q. Does price matter?

A. Patients should make it their responsibility to make sure they don’t give up quality care and ideal results for price. Naturally, surgeons who charge a discount price make a profit by operating on a large volume of patients each day. The fact is, if a surgeon is over-worked or under-trained, or both, you will undoubtedly wind up with a greater likelihood of having complications.

Q. How common is LASIK surgery?

A. LASIK surgery has now been performed in the US for more than 13 years, helping millions of patients to see more clearly. And it continues to grow in popularity. More than 1 million LASIK procedures are now performed yearly.

Q. Why should I have LASIK done now?

A. Most people tell us their biggest regret about LASIK surgery is not having it done sooner! LASIK was approved by the FDA in 1995 and has enjoyed wide acceptance among the medical community as a safe and highly beneficial procedure. The equipment used to perform LASIK is state-of-the-art. Improved ultra-sound devices can now measure the thickness of your cornea with a precision unimaginable just a few years ago. Today’s excimer laser, programmed with the patient’s prescription, can remove tissue with meticulous exactness. Waiting to have LASIK done only means wasting more of life constantly fussing with glasses or contacts.

Care Credit Card